Importance of Non-Verbal Communication in Daily Life


There exists a myth that when a person speaks, only 35% of their communication is verbal and the rest of the 65% is nonverbal. That’s not entirely true as it depends on the context and the situation. It is, however, absolutely true that nonverbal communication can make or break a message.

Non-verbal communication is way more powerful than verbal communication. While communicating, 95% of the impact is of our non-verbal actions like the way our body acts and reacts on different occasions and situations. 

Non-verbal communication has been classified into these following types based on different cues–

  1. Kinesics – a study of body movements including gestures, postures, and different facial expressions.
  2. Oculesics – a part of kinesics; the study of eye movement, eye-contact, eye behavior, gaze, and eye-related nonverbal communication It is effective communication through eye language.
  3. Haptics – related to touch which is the first communication humans experience. Haptics include hugs, kisses, and handshakes.
  4. Proxemics– the study of space. It involves how we arrange space and how it influences the way we relate to others. It also demonstrates relational standing with those around us.
  5. Paralanguage/Vocalics – the vocal but non-verbal dimension of speech. This involves vocal pitch, volume, inflection, rate of speech, and rhythm.
  6. Chronemics – is how humans communicate through their use of time. Good timing is very crucial while communicating. The study of chronemics involves punctuality, allocation of time to a particular event, speaking at the appropriate time, etc.
  7. Silence – serves as a kind of non-verbal communication when we do not use words or utterances to convey messages, rather our silence does the job.

Why is non-verbal communication important?

Each movement and combination of movements of the body – such as shifts in posture, the direction of the eyes, gestures of the limbs, and expressions on the face – provide signals to others. These cues may be subtle or obvious, and they can be contradictory: A person might say one thing while body language conveys an entirely different message.

Because nonverbal communication is often instinctive and typically not easy to fake, it is generally more indicative of a person’s true feelings. Hence, it is said to be the most important part of the communication process. Learn more about non-verbal communication here.


Communication and its Types


People communicate with each other in several ways depending upon the message and its context. Today, in this blog, I am going to explain the different types of communication classified based on mode, purpose, and participants. Let’s get started.

Communication-based on mode:

Verbal Communication means communication using language. This is further divided into two –

  1. Oral Communication – It is the oldest means of communication which involves gathering or disseminating information through spoken words. It can either be in the form of a direct face-to-face conversation or indirect conversation through video calls, voice calls, etc.
  2. Written Communication – It is a formal means of communication that includes writing letters, emails, SMS, documents, reports, etc. which can be kept as a source of reference or legal record.

Non-Verbal Communication is an exchange of information or message between two or more people through gestures, facial expressions, eye contact, proximity, touching, etc. It involves communication via sign language, body language, tone of voice, expressions, and so on.

Communication-based on purpose or style :

Formal Communication follows certain rules, conventions, and principals while communicating. The use of slang and foul language is strictly prohibited. An example of this can be office communication.

Informal Communication is just a casual talk that we have with our friends, family, and closed ones. Usually, informal communication is done orally and using gestures.

Communication-based on the number of participants :

Intrapersonal Communication occurs within an individual as to analyzing situations, self-talk, maintaining a daily diary, or a personal journal.

Interpersonal Communication is an exchange of information between two or more people.

Group communication refers to the interaction among individuals (group), and it may involve the exchange of verbal and non-verbal communication.

Mass Communication is a type of communication in which a person, group of people or an organization sends a message through a channel of communication in a large group of anonymous and heterogeneous people and organizations. 

To learn more about types of communication, click here.