Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Communication Styles

The other day I was talking to a friend via email about communication styles. Some people aren't that good at keeping in touch via emails (they're better at doing this over the phone or face-to-face). Some people are better at communicating via emails rather than face-to-face or over the phone. Some people are good at communicating using all those means of communication.

Personally speaking, I'm not too fond of communicating over the phone, except when it comes to talking to my friends or those people I know pretty well. If I have to call the authorities or do stuff like that, I feel more comfortable asking first via emails (if it is an option). First of all, it's easier to forget what I'm supposed to ask (if I have to ask about many things over the phone) and when you talk to someone over the phone or face-to-face, it's easier to lose track of what you really want to say 'coz the topics may change quickly depending on the other person's reactions/responses. Sometimes there are also other distractions in real life that halt the conversation even before it's finished.

When it comes to emails, for me it's a better way to express your ideas/thoughts in some ways 'coz you can focus on what you really want to say/ask. You can even review and rewrite your points/questions before sending it. The problem is whether or not the other party will read and reply it.

One friend of mine says that she prefers talking over the phone or in real life 'coz she wants immediate responses/answers. However, having lived apart from my family and friends, we've learnt to use email as a more frequently used media of communication. Up till now, I'm still not too fond of speaking over the phone, esp. if I have to use Finnish HA HA HA HA HA HA...


  1. Hi Amel,

    Well, I personally prefer emails because when people start talking over the phone I don't have any time left to do my things or to work (people can be too talkative and spend 40 minutes, or more, on the phone). I just don't have the time to invest on long convos.

    So, I always tell folks: either email or SMS me (text me), avoid calling me cause I may not be available.
    But not everybody is the same which is marvellous: what would the world be if we were all the same?

    Big hugs to you :D.


  2. With all the modern communications tool, I still think that face to face meetings are the best.

    Have a Good Weekend!

  3. Well..I prefer face-to-face, though..coz I can see the person's face expression and somehow I can also use gestures (eg.: when I need to say something in Finnish/Russian, but I forget the words) to explain things. :D Phone is ok, except when I have to speak Finnish/Russian. :o

  4. THANKS for all your POVs, people. REALLY interesting to read. :-D