Team communication fundamentals

OVERVIEW

This page is a library of resources that will help you understand what team communication is, why it’s important for building teamwork, and how you can make the most out of different communication types, situations, channels, and styles.

What is good team communication and why is it important

In this beginner’s guide, we answer the questions of what is team communication, what are the components of communication processes, and what are the benefits of communication for successful teamwork.

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The types of communication

The five basic types of communication are active listening, verbal, nonverbal, visual, and written communication, each of which further branches into several subtypes we rely on to receive and convey information on a daily basis. In this guide, learn everything you need to know about different communication types and subtypes.

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The types of communication situations

Active listening, verbal, nonverbal, visual, and written communication may manifest as 1-to-1 conversations, meetings, and negotiations, among other types of business situations that imply some form of communication. In this guide, learn everything you need to know about the communication situations typical for a business setting.

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The channels of communication

You can carry out your 1-to-1 conversations, meetings, and negotiations via team chat apps, phone calls, employee feedback systems, emails, and other channels of communication. In this guide, learn everything you need to know about the channels of communication you are likely to encounter in a business setting. 

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The styles of communication

We recognize several divisions of communication styles. The traditional division of communication styles by Bourne (1995). The division by Alessandra & Hunsaker (1993). The division defined by Mark Murphy and his team. The division based on personality types. In this guide, we’ll talk about these divisions of communication styles, and what they may mean for the reality of communication within your teams.

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