by Kieran Uddin
General CommunicationCommunication is the act of transferring information from one person to another. This can be achieved either verbally, written, visually or non-verbally. For communication to take place there must be an audience to receive your message, and who your audience is can also have an effect on how you communicate your message.
Interpersonal communication is face-to-face communication where people exchange information, feelings, and meaning through verbal and non-verbal messages. An example of verbal communication is speaking, Speaking involves the use of sounds and words to express yourself. A person can express emotion in verbal communication, for example, a person raising their voice can indicate anger or impatience, if a person lowers their voice, this could indicate fear or insecurity. Interpersonal communication also includes non-verbal messages sent through tone of voice, facial expressions, gestures and body language.
Written communication is one of the most important forms of communication. This form of communication involves any type of interaction that involves written word. An example of this method of communication is e-mails. E-mails are electronic messages that can be sent to a specific person or people over the internet. Another example is websites. Websites are a great way to communicate to a wide audience from all over the globe.
Barriers to Effective Communication
There are a large number of different barriers to communication. In many cases, the message, whether it be a verbal message, written message or a non-verbal message, may not be received in the way the sender intended. The main cause of this tends to be a language barrier between the people involved in the conversation, if the audience receiving the message are from a different country, it is possible they do not understand the language the message is being sent in.
Barriers to Interpersonal Communication
When communicating verbally, the person intended to receive the message could have difficulty hearing or may be completely deaf, this is a barrier to interpersonal communication. The deaf person may choose to respond non-verbally through the use of sign language and gestures. Another method of response could be written, communication with a deaf person could take place via pen and paper, email, or even a text to speech device. Another barrier to verbal communication is the use of slang and jargon, if the people involved in a conversation are from different places, they may not understand the slang being used.
Barriers to Written Communication
Sometimes barriers to communication can prevent understanding of the message, making writing ineffective. If you send a written message without proofreading it for correct spelling and grammar, your reader may not understand all of the words, or may be annoyed since you seem not to have taken the time to communicate clearly.