Communication Barriers

No matter how good and effective a communicator one maybe, yet the fact is that one does face certain barriers, from time to time, which forces them to work on becoming even more effective in their skills to communicate. Given here are the communication barriers that occur while listening, speaking and in the case of non-verbal communications…

Listening barriers:

  • Interrupting the speaker
  • Not maintaining eye contact with the speaker
  • Rushing the speaker to complete what he/she has to say
  • Making the speaker feel as though he/she is wasting the listener’s time
  • Being distracted by something that is not part of the on going communication
  • Getting ahead of the speaker and completing his/her thoughts
  • Ignoring the speaker’s requests
  • Topping the speaker’s story with one’s own set of examples
  • Forgetting what is being discussed
  • Asking too many questions, for they sake of probing

Barriers while speaking:

  • Unclear messages
  • Lack of consistency in the communication process
  • Incomplete sentences
  • Not understanding the receiver
  • Not seeking clarifications while communicating

The other barriers include:

  • An individual’s subjective viewpoint towards issues/people, which leads to assumptions.
  • An emotional block, which can lead to an attitude of indifference, suspicion or hostility towards the subject.
  • An emotional block or bias that is based on a third party’s view point, or on what you have read/heard.
  • Words can have different meanings to different people, thus blocking communication.
  • Use of negative words

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