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Communication is one of the most important components of everyday life. Without multiple forms of communication, we would not be able to effectively express ourselves. 

Communication is how we interact with others, express what we do or don’t need, and signal emotions, energy, or interest. It helps connect individuals, communities, organizations, and nations. 

Types of Communication 

Most people use multiple types of communication daily to help effectively convey what they are thinking, want, need, or how they feel. Types of communication include:

  • Verbal communication: The use of speech or sounds such as laughter, crying, or yelling.
  • Nonverbal communication: Communicating without speaking. This includes facial expressions, body language, eye contact, touch, signals, and gestures.
  • Written communication: Using written word like letters, text messages, blogs, notes, cards, etc.
  • Visual communication: A form of communication that can be seen, often using images, objects, videos, signs, symbols, and icons. Visual communication can also be a form of nonverbal communication.
  • Listening: While listening may not typically be categorized as a type of communication, without actively listening you cannot effectively communicate. When someone is trying to tell us something, if we do not process and analyze what they are trying to convey we do not know how to effectively respond or successfully communicate in return. 

4 Styles of Communication 

Every person also has a style in which they communicate. The style that someone may use to communicate usually changes depending on their current situation, location, or who they are communicating with. Here are the four most common styles of communication presented by Princeton University:

Importance of Communication in Times of Crisis 

Any crisis can be scary and confusing, making communication vital. It can help effectively provide guidance, indicate issues or dangers, and help determine a successful outcome. 

When a loved one goes missing, a crisis that no person should ever have to endure, communication can play a key role in helping bring the missing loved one home safely. The U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) recommends utilizing several different types of communication. They recommend contacting 911 directly, writing down notes of any relevant information, create a digital or printed missing person flyer, and seeking physical, emotional, and financial support.

Another influential form of communication to utilize when a loved one is missing can be sending a digital alert that includes any relevant information. The Q5id Guardian app was created to provide individuals with this powerful form of communication!  

As a Guardian+ subscriber, the second you believe your loved one is missing, you can issue an alert with the tap of a button. The alert instantly notifies all Guardians in the immediate area to jump into action and join the search. Before ever needing to issue an alert, subscribers should create a profile of their loved one in the app. Profiles should include at least one recent photo, physical details (hair color, eye color, height, gender), name, age, and any other significant characteristics like indicating a scar or birthmark. The information provided will be influential in helping those who are out searching because this information is attached to any alert issued regarding that loved one.

Communication whether visual, digital, or in person can play a truly vital role in the safe return of a missing loved one. 

Celebrate Communication 

As a key component in our everyday lives, we should celebrate how communication has evolved over time. Every year in the first week of November, participate in World Communication Week to help raise awareness and honor the strides that we have made with communication. Take some time to research the history of communication or try to communicate differently than you normally do!