Communication is simply the act of transferring informa tion from one place to another. Although this is a simple definition, when one think s about how human may communicate the subject becomes a lot more complex. Human beings communicate in rich and sophisticated ways that divorces them from t h e other species around the globe. Humans communicate with incredible detail using language as well as other forms of communication. There are various categories of communication and more than one may occur at any time. Categories such as spoken or v erbal c ommunication which encompasses face-to-face, telephone, radi o or television and other media, non-verbal communication which also encompasses body language , gestures, dressing, expressions, touch, eye contact, proximity, written communication which includes letters, e-mails, books, magazines, the Internet or via other media and finally v isualiz ations which comprises of graphs and charts, maps, logos and other visualizations can communicate messages. This piece has hence been found wanting and has been challenged to bring forth a discussion wit h human beings being multi channeled communicators.
Lin (1997) outlined that " Verbal communication entails the use of words in delivering the intended mes sage. Verbal communication refers to the use of sounds and language to relay a message. It serves as a vehicle for expressing desires, ideas and concepts and is vital to the processes of learning and teaching. " In combination with nonverbal forms of communication, verbal communication acts as the primary tool for expression between two or more people. Interpersonal communication and public speaking are the two basic types of verbal communication. Whereas public speaking involves one or more people delivering a message to a group, interpersonal communication generally refers to a two-way exchange that involves both talking and listening. Also it is interesting to note that signs and symbols are the major signals that make up verbal communication. Words act as symbols, and signs are secondary products of the underlying message and include things like tone of voice, blushing and facial expressions.
Verbal communication has many purposes, but its main function is relaying a message to one or more recipients. It encompasses everything from simple one-syllable sounds to complex discussions and relies on both language and emotion to produce the desired effect. Verbal communication can be used to inform, inquire, argue and discuss topics of all kinds. It is vital to teaching and learning, as well as forming bonds and building relationships with other people. Although all species communicate, language itself is a purely human phenomenon that allows for more precision than the communication methods of other beings. A variety of challenges may arise when using verbal communication to express oneself. Misunderstandings can arise because of poor word choice, differing perspectives and faulty communication techniques, and subjective opinions regarding acceptable language may result in breakdowns in communication (Ojomo 2004) . Language barriers are a major cause of confusion when attempting to communicate verbally. According to the University of Louisville, differences in language influenced by geographic location, education and social status can create barriers even among those who speak the same language.
Written communication includes traditional pen and paper letters and documents, typed electronic documents, e-mails, text chats, SMS and anything else conveyed through written symbols such as language. This type of communication is indispensable for formal business communications and issuing legal instructions. Communication forms that predominantly use of written communication which include handbooks, brochures, contracts, memos, press releases, formal business proposals, and the like. As for Randal et al (2004) "…t he effectiveness of written communication depends on the writing style, grammar, vocabulary …" The other form of verbal communication is the spoken word, either face-to-face or through phone, voice chat, video conferencing or any other medium. Various forms of informal communications such as the grapevine or informal rumor mill, and formal communications such as lectures, conferences are f orms of oral communication. Verbal communication finds use in discussions and causal and informal conversations. The effectiveness of oral conversations depends on the clarity of speech, voice modulation, pitch, volume, speed, and even non-verbal communications such as body language and visual cues.
Verbal communication makes the process of conveying thoughts easier and faster, and it remains the most