Verbal Messages: Definition, Concepts & Principles

Verbal Messages: Definition, Concepts & Principles
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Instructor: Jennifer Carnevale

Jennifer has a dual master's in English literature/teaching and is currently a high school English teacher. She teaches college classes on the side.

What does it take to communicate? Is it just about the words or the presentation itself? In this lesson, we will learn about the definition, concepts, and principles of verbal messages.

Lost in Translation

Do you ever stop and think about what it takes to relay a message? Not only do we have to process our feelings and thoughts into words, but we need to relay those words to another person. Then that person needs to interpret those words into their own for understanding. This is the journey of verbal messages.

Verbal Communication

When we communicate, we are attempting to take how we feel or think and relay that message and its meaning to another person. So, when we send verbal messages, we are transferring the words within us to someone else. Verbal messages consist of using words and sounds to communicate with another person. This contrasts nonverbal messages, such as body language or facial expressions.

For example, say Benjamin asks Monique if she wants a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. If Monique responds by saying 'yes' or 'no,' she is giving Benjamin a verbal message. However, if Monique sticks out her tongue and closes her eyes or nods her head up and down, she is still communicating with Benjamin, but it's through nonverbal messages.

Verbal messages consist of any type of speech or media that uses words and/or sounds to transfer a message. For example, verbal messages could take place in person, on the phone, or through the TV, computer, radio, or podcast.

Let's take a look at the concepts and principles surrounding verbal messages.

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