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    Default Um, yeah, is it?

    explaining things better verbally v. written
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    if any such correlation exists, then it's usually extroversion = better at verbal. but no reasonable correlation likely exists, which says extroverts are worse writers than introverts.
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    By orally do you mean in person? One-on-one?
    Or do you mean orally as in a lecture instead of a written report?

    For the first half, oral one-on-one communication has the benefit of allowing the listener to pick up on the speaker's non-verbal cues to better grasp what the speaker is talking about, as well as the speaker's attitude (is the speaker yelling at the listener? talking calmly? shrugging shoulders as if the information isn't that big a deal? etc).

    Also, oral one-on-one communication allows the speaker to pick up on non-verbal cues of the listener (is the listener understanding? are they having difficulties grasping this concept? are they even listening?). These non-verbal cues allows the speaker to adapt their approach to align it better with what the listener needs/expects.

    For the other half, lecture type stuff would allow the speaker to follow changing thoughts, gloss over parts that seem easy, go into greater detail parts that seem more difficult or that need greater detail, to explain on the fly. The difference, however, is that the focus is usually on what's going on in the speaker's mind at the time of the speaking, instead of paying as much attention to the audience being spoken to.

    Both the above usually allow for more spontaneousness in word choice and direction than written explanations.

    Unfortunately, neither of the above methods allow for editing, but written explanations do. Also, we're generally taught in schools (or pick up via lots of reading) how to write a paper. (Not that we all pay attention to that, much.) Written explanations require a linear form. If a person has difficulty with linear thinking, this will show up in their writing as they bounce from idea to idea, or start off with one intent and wind up with a completely different result. However, if the person has extensive reading of well written papers and/or paid a little attention in their writing courses, plus the ability to edit, their writings may seem to suggest that they have an easy time thinking linearly...when really, behind the scenes, there was mass editing in an unknown time frame.
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    Oh, also, some types of information lend themselves to being written much easier than other types of information.
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