Effective Communication Barriers

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Effective Communication Barriers

General Communication

All types of communication have barriers which can prevent the process of communicating with one another fairly difficult. They may be things you have to consider in order for the information to be interpreted in the correct manner or their reaction may show you the understanding they got from the message. For example: When sharing information with someone or speaking to someone about something, be sure to pay attention to their reactions from what you say. Keep an eye out for their change in body language and their posture. Be aware of people’s culture. The reason for this being that the information or message you want to share with your recipient must be appropriate. Make sure you are aware of people’s culture when communicating together. You want to be sure that you know the recipient is taking in all of the shared information. Maybe get an insight to their knowledge on the subject which will allow you to re-word things into an easier understanding format. You will be able to tell their understanding by their facial expressions and body language.

Interpersonal Communication

When we communicate, we communicate a lot more honestly when we communicate non-verbally compared to when we communicate verbally. The recipients body posture, position and eye contact are all methods in which we can use to communicate with others. Our brains interpret the information/message in certain ways from the sender. Whether or not the recipient understands it depends on their knowledge and their skills at interpreting interpersonal communication. Stereotypes are a part of today’s society. Stereotypes come into mind when communicating with someone because we naturally have preconceptions. Unfortunately, preconceptions are often wrong. This means that the communication is inappropriate and therefore more likely to be misunderstood. Start all interpersonal communication with an open mind. There is always a way of overcoming the barriers and finding methods to communicate with the recipient in a sophisticated manner but so the recipient can understand the information/message in simpler terms. To simplify the information, you are better off re-wording your explanation into a simpler language.

Written Communication

Written communication also has barriers which you need to be aware of. Grammar and spelling is the main focus in any type of professional email, text message or letter. When communicating in a written method within a business, it is key to proof read and double check all of your content for any errors in which may cause misinterpretation from the recipient. Always make sure everything is presented in a professional manner, and also that the correct grammar and punctually is used. Relevance to the subject is something many people find hard to stick to. When writing a letter or an email, make sure you’re writing about the subject and not about something completely irrelevant. Make sure that the content of the information/message is sophisticated, presentable and understandable for the recipient. Overcoming barriers within written communication can be quite difficult as a lot of people find it easier to interpret things verbally rather than reading from a page but if your recipient has any issues with your information, try changing your language to a simpler form.


Always make sure you adapt your language and communication techniques to the situation you are in.