For centuries, communication mediums have played a major role in the diversity of cultures, and the way in which we convey information and thoughts in different levels simultaneously. Globally with the complexity of language exchange, levels of communication can be attributed to six major levels.
- VERBAL LEVEL
- PHYSICAL LEVEL
- AUDITORY LEVEL
- EMOTIONAL LEVEL
- ENERGETIC LEVEL
- VISUAL LEVEL
The verbal level of communication is most apparent in information exchange which involves a selection of few words to make meaning between the speaker and the listener. As simple as it sounds, it could be complex to interpret due to vast differences in languages. This brings about the urgency and careful placement of words to formulate and convey messages in the art of verbal communication.
Communicating in person using words, gestures, facial expression and posture maintenance are major strategies of physical level of interacting. This gives a defined and physical expression to the message we’re trying to convey to the listener.
Sometimes we use our auditory senses to listen, process, understand, and communicate with others. This is a process of auditory communication. Physical presence is not demanded as we only need to listen and decode information. An example of auditory communication is an online platform called podcasting.
The concept of emotional expression to convey a message gives us an insight into the speaker’s in-depth thought and sometimes the authenticity of his words. This can be seen as one of the strongest mediums to attract attention from audiences.
The energetic level of communication gives listeners access to a vast range of unseen factors such as speakers’ level of consciousness, tonal frequency, expressions of the message, accent, and word placement. The use of this level of information conveyance inflicts unique captivating attention from the listener.
The visual level of communication is also growing vastly in technology and awareness. It comprises the use of graphical representation of information to effectively create meaning for the audience to decode. Examples are infographics, charts, images, videos, and maps.
Systematically using the levels of communication and having a good understanding of it will greatly increase the rate at which information is transferred and also help improve language diversity.