Common Misconceptions

About Communication

The Reality...

It is fairly common for two people not to understand each other. Often, without even knowing it, we hold certain misconceptions about how to communicate with one another. These misconceptions create barriers to engaging in effective exchange and genuine conversation. Below is a list of the common misconceptions we can hold about communication. Take a look and see where your pitfalls might be. Becoming more aware of your own "habits of mind" about communication could help increase your effectiveness at work.

"Communication is a natural ability - some have it, some don't."

Communication is not an innate ability. Skillful communication can be a learned with practice. There are some very simple tips that can dramatically increase how you understand others and are understood. Try them out and see for yourself if anything changes.

Resources

hrcouncil.ca. Retrieved from http://hrcouncil.ca/hr-toolkit/workplaces-interpersonal.cfm


Georgia Southern University flickr. Retrieved from http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/photos/