Comparing Methods of Communication

Here’s a table comparing methods of communication from a recent time management workshop I gave.

Type of Communication Emotional


Minimum time to do? Ease

(emotional & practical)

Speed of response Risk of confusion? Interruption?
Face-to-face High 10min Low Immediate Low Possibly
Phone Medium 5 min Medium Immediate Medium Yes
Text-/IM Low 1min High Usually fast V High Possibly

(IM Yes)

E-Mail Low 2-3 min High variable High No
Post medium 10min Medium Usually slow Medium No