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General Communication

In general communication you must consider that who you are communicating to may have some Cultural Differences to you. Some words and forms of body language or signs may be okay in your language and culture but could mean something completely different in another or could mean something disrespectful, this must be addressed. The different people in your audience can range from any age and any background which will change their personality and will affect the way that you communicate with them. When you are in an audience you can always ask questions or ask if there are any questions, if somebody has finished talking and asks if anybody has any questions it is best if you do ask questions because that then shows that you want some more information and you are interested, this then gives them a good impression of you.

Interpersonal communication

Interpersonal communication involves changing your expressions and the way you express yourself through communication, you can speak with a raised voice which shows that you are angry or impatient, using a lowered voice shows others that you seem in fear, insecure or maybe a little bit anti-social. You can show positivity by using positive language and showing that you are in agreement with the speaker by saying "yes" and using a positive sounding voice too. If you interrupt somebody when they are talking it is seen as either rude, enthusiastic or maybe even antagonistic. If you finish people’s sentences then that can be irritating to the speaker. If you do not speak at all then you can then this can make the speaker think that you are not wanting to listen or are bored of listening. Another way of communicating is by paying attention and showing that you understand by nodding to or frowning to show that you do not understand or are confused, the speaker may notice this and go into detail or if not the raise your hand and/or ask them to go into detail, this shows that you are listening and are interested.

Written Communication

Written communication is the method of communicating in writing style, written communication is permanent and cannot be taken back unlike verbal communication so be careful what you what you write/type. Written communication is usually a way of communicating with somebody that is far away, so sending a letter, an email or maybe a text message. Emails and letters you would write formally as in a text message you usually wouldn't, depending on who it is that is to receive the message, "formal" just means that it is done in accordance with convention or etiquette so it is suitable for or constituting an official or important occasion so you could say that a dress code is formal for example, so when writing a letter formally you would use "dear or greetings" to start off and "kind regards, many thanks or I appreciate you taking the time to read this". You may talk differently over a text message to your friend because you are not trying to make a good impression of yourself to them.


Barriers To General Communication

General communication is what you use to talk to somebody and hold a conversation, barriers to this type of communication include language barriers that prevent the audience from understanding what it is that you are trying to say to them. Sometimes it's not just languages, it can be accents too that disrupt communication between a speaker and an audience, in some places around the UK there will be a different way of saying something, for example if you were wanting a "batch" others may call it a "bap", there are other words that are used for a batch too, this goes for a few other words, it varies between different places. Accents can be hard to understand, they will be harder to adapt to hen you have not heard it before and lived around people that all talk the same way you do.

Overcoming Barriers To General Communication

If you are talking and trying to eliminate a language barrier then there is always the option to use an online translator or have a human translator with you, with the accent barrier I would suggest that you either get somebody that understands what it is they are saying but has the same accent as you or one that you can at least understand, if it is you with the accent that your audience struggles to understand the you don't want to shout to get what it is you're saying across as it will not help the comprehension, speak slowly, avoid complex words and big sentences.

Barriers To Interpersonal Communication

There are barriers such as negative language in interpersonal communication, this could be cutting in when somebody else is talking, or using language that could offend somebody else, also finishing people sentences can be annoying and if you do not use any sort of body language you can be seen as bored or uninterested so this will give the speaker a negative feeling about you. If you use no body language and don't move or be stern you can give off a negative or aggressive feeling to others, this doesn't help if you are trying to talk one to one with somebody as they won’t feel as comfortable as they can be.

Overcoming Barriers To Interpersonal Communication

To overcome this I would suggest using positive language, this could be answering questions with a "yes" or using positive facial expressions such as smiling, smiling can sometimes make others smile too, this is good for having a positive group of people, you can show that you agree with whoever is speaking by nodding your head to them or leaning towards them. Showing positive body language can be important sometimes, it can assist you during conversations for example moving your arms while you speak, this helps you convey yourself more while speaking, it also can make others feel like you are interested and really understand what is going on.

Barriers To Written Communication

With written communication there are barriers such as poor handwriting, this could make it harder for the reader to understand what it is that they are reading. There is also a barrier with grammar, this is where you cannot use your punctuation properly or your sentences do not make any sense when you are speaking, this can be quite bad when you are messaging online or texting over the phone. And there is spelling, if you do not know how to spell something and try but it is wrong, sometimes people will speed past it without noticing but sometimes it really stands out and can cause a lot of confusion for the reader because it could mean the word you were trying to spell or any other word.

Overcoming Barriers To Written Communication

To overcome the handwriting barrier you could practice writing more often, use a computer to type what it is that you were writing or you could use a phone instead. To overcome the grammar barrier you could research online or have a read through some books and get a better idea of how to use punctuation in sentences or using words in sentences properly. To correct your spelling I would suggest using a computer, phone or try asking somebody that knows the correct spelling.