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- Information retention is difficult, it is harder to store or retrieve. The 80-20 rule comes into play here-the majority of the audience is likely to forget 80% of the information, while retaining only 20%- thus making the speaker's task very difficult.

- Selective hearing, receiving information may be distorted resulting in miscommunication.
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- Audience must be active listeners.

- The same words said in different tones may convey very different messages.

- Difficulty in finding words to correctly convey meaning in a short period of time.

- Some may find it easier to organise information through writing.

- Easier to visualise the flow of information? This idea is good but only if the visualisations, eg. ppt presentations, are kept simple, short and to the point for the audience to grasp the idea easily. Presentation of too much written material is difficult to grasp in a short span of time.

- People usually take more time to communicate an idea.

-Sometimes the audience need to ask questions to clarify, this often happens in lectures.

- NATO (No Action Talk Only)
*Effective delivery via oral communication but lacks any followup actions. We cannot blindly trust the speaker by what He/She says or claims, Actions speaks louder than Words.







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eeleesahh what abt prepared oral communication? 0 Sep 1 2007, 8:15 AM EDT by eeleesahh
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- Information retention is difficult, it is harder to store or retrieve. The 80-20 rule comes into play here-the majority of the audience is likely to forget 80% of the information, while retaining only 20%- thus making the speaker's task very difficult.

-Difficulty in finding words to correctly convey meaning in a short period of time.

- Easier to visualise the flow of information? This idea is good but only if the visualisations, eg. ppt presentations, are kept simple, short and to the point for the audience to grasp the idea easily. Presentation of too much written material is difficult to grasp in a short span of time.

- People usually take more time to communicate an idea.

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the above disadvantages of oral communication are valid when you look at oral communication broadly.

However, when it comes to prepared oral communication i.e. oral presentations (for any purpose), these disadvantages can be minimized of even done away with.

With regards to retention of information received via oral communication, it would also be the speaker's job to help listeners better retain the information. For example, through repetition or even power point slides to better help listeners follow. These disadvantages pointed out very much serve as an emphasis on how important it is to be well prepared when giving an oral presentation.

When it comes to having difficulty in expressing one's self, a speaker should collate his / her ideas before presenting. I do remember Prof pointing out that using little cards during presentations is a minus point. So before presenting, a speaker should have his/her ideas coherently organised in his mind for deliverance.

This also ties in with efficiency in communicating one's message. Communicating the message successfully in the shortest time possible, and also minimizing the occurrences of misunderstandings.
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MeiShan from the speaker's point of view... 3 Sep 1 2007, 5:55 AM EDT by samuel.ong
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While the previous comments focus more on how oral communication is disadvantageous to the listener, I would like to share my opinion on how oral communication is not so beneficial for the speaker. For me, I feel that I can express myself better in written form than in oral form. This is because when I am talking, ideas pass through my mind so quickly that I would just say them out before it is organised. Sometimes this results in the wrong usage of words or phrases which may cause some unhappiness between 2 communicating parties. When I am writing, I can think through my ideas slowly and express very accurately the message that I want to send across.
Hence , although oral communication allows a speaker to use variation of tone and volume to better express himself, it can also lead to miscommunication due to inability of the speaker to organise his thoughts well.
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