By: Marina Eggen
In the organizations I have been apart of it has been most effective to use all four types of communication together (verbal, nonverbal, visual, written). I’ll use the example of a basketball team. Every member of the organization is not together all the time so written communication is essential for updates and meeting times. When my coach had updates for us he would post them on the bulletin board in the locker room. Then when we are able to meet verbal and nonverbal communication work together to give the members a clear grasp of the information being relayed. Nonverbal communication can help the leaders of the group understand what their members are saying if those members don’t always speak up. In basketball our coach would tell us what to do in practice or in a game. Then on the court my team would have to communicate to play effectively. Visual communication can be helpful when explaining some ideas or points just because some people are visual learners. Such as when we need to learn a play we would draw it out. However, if I had to pick one type of communication to be most effective it would be verbal. This communication is the easiest and fastest way to relay information.