Effective Communication

Obstacles and Barriers

Obstacles and Barriers to Communicaton

A barrier is an obstacle that gets in the way when you are attempting to talk to someone at work or outside of work which will prevent the exchange of ideas. This can many thing such as gender differences, cultural differences, languages barriers and physical barriers.

General Communication Barriers

  • Languages used (terminology) The language which you use and they include words from which people use which people use which might be offensive to people from other countries. An example of a mechanism which can which to reduce the impact of this barrier to communication is by using words that less technical people can understand because people who do not inside an IT business will not know some of these words. Another mechanism which can be used to reduce the impact of this barrier is by using a translator when you do not understand what people are saying to you of a different language. Finally this would work because by using a translator you will not be offending people who speak a different language.
  • Age People who are different ages and they include younger people knowing more about texting and shortened messaging. One example of a mechanism which can be used to reduce the impact of this barrier to communication is by communicating your message to a different generation in a different way which will help them communicate in a different way. This will work because different generations will know different technical words and phrases. Finally you can also overcome age barriers by hanging out with people who are around the same age as you because you will have more in common.
  • Cultural Differences people who have different cultures and they include different cultures using different words or signs which are not acceptable in other cultures. One example of a mechanism which can be used to reduce the impact of this barrier to communication is by respecting other people's beliefs and social habits. This will work because by respecting other cultures, it will show that you are not discriminating.

Interpersonal Communication Barriers

  • Body Language (talking and listening) the tone of voice which you use and this will show the other person what kind of mood you are in. One example of a mechanism which can be used to reduce the impact of this barrier is by talking in a good tone of voice which will show the other person that you are being friendly. Finally you can also overcome by focusing when listening and this will show that you are not being rude.
  • Background Noise. Verbal communication with large background noises can result in individuals having to shout in order to be heard. It is also harder to hear or understand what is being said, which can result in misunderstanding between two individuals and this could cause conflict.
  • Negative Emotions Could be triggered by previous experiences. One example of a mechanism which can be used to reduce the impact of this barrier to communication is by thinking positive about something which you enjoy doing. This would work because you will not have bad memories going about in your head and you will have a positive attitude.


Written Communication Barriers

  • Spelling and Grammar Key points might not get across if there are spelling and grammar mistakes. you should spell check and proof read all of your work before you present it. One example of a mechanism which can be used to reduce the impact of this barrier to communication is by not rushing when you are doing your work and you should use the spell checker. Finally this would work because you will have fewer errors in your work.
  • Using an Inappropriate Structure (Layout) does not go well with the format that is being displayed.One example of an inappropriate structure which I have talked about is when you do not use short sentences or paragraphs which will make your work boring. An example of a mechanism which can be used to reduce the impact of this barrier to communication is by using short sentences which are easy to read and to use bold writing for your title.
  • Identifying Relevance important information is not standing out and when you are using the same font size. One example of a mechanism which can be used to reduce the impact of this barrier to communication is by using larger font sizes for relevant information and to highlight relevant information. Finally this will work because people will be able to know relevant information with it standing out.