8/07/2013

Definition and Types of Face to Face Communication

Define Face to Face Communication


Face to Face Communication may be defined as communication when the communicator transmits his message in person to the receiver in person verbally and even non-verbally. Thus face to face communication is both verbal and non-verbal.

All face communication is oral, but all oral communication need not to be face to face For E.g. the telephonic talk is oral but not face to face.


Types of Face to Face Communication


The Types of face to face communication are as follows:

  1. Interviews,
  2. Meetings,
  3. Conferences,
  4. Seminars,
  5. Workshops,
  6. Class-room lectures,
  7. Stage-acting,
  8. Public lectures, etc.

Principles of effective face to face communication


Effective face to face communication skills are given in the diagram below.

Face to face communication

Image credits © Manoj Patil.

Dynamics of effective face to face communication are.

1. In face to face communication at least two individuals (receiver and sender) should be physically and mentally present at the place of communication.

2. In face to face communication there should be proper encoding with most appropriate and pleasing words by sender.

3. In face to face communication there should be proper decoding by the receiver after receiving the message.

4. In face to face communication there should be some (Partial / full) response or feedback. Since it is direct, great care should be taken in the selection of the words which should be appropriate and polite.

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