Direct and Indirect communication

Research says 60% of communication is indirect (non-verbal). Yet so many people are unaware of this fact. When it comes to communication, a number of people choose to be direct as they feel this is the best form of communication. People who use indirect communication are perceived as passive. Whether you choose to communicate directly or indirectly, a message is sent you need to make sure it’s the correct one.
Communication conveys messages. People who engage in direct communication are straightforward. Those who engage in indirect communication are not so direct and receivers/listeners have to read between the lines. Hence, indirect communicators are seen as shifty and unwilling to communicate. Direct communicators are labelled as insensitive and abrasive.

A situation that features both forms of communication is an interview. When potential candidates are interviewed, they verbally answer all questions whilst at the same time their body language is saying something else. If someone is lying they usually avoid eye contact, their voice changes and sometimes they start perspiring. Interviews showcase both direct and indirect forms of communication. Our communication styles are not the same; it’s a personal preference, what matters are the messages conveyed.

At the end of the day, it’s a personal choice. Some people choose to be open and direct with how they choose to communicate. Others choose to be subtle about things and tend to hold back with their messages. When communicating any message make sure it’s clear, concise and straight to the point. It might come across differently and the last thing you want is for your message to be perceived wrongfully.


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