Isn’t it annoying when people don’t seem to understand where you’re coming from, or when they just don’t get the message you’re trying to communicate? Unfortunately, certain barriers to effective communication cause these things to happen quite often.
Barriers to effective communication can take on different forms. They can be physical, psychological or even emotional. Below are some examples that you might want to avoid in the future.
Barriers to Effective Communication # 1: Negative Atmosphere
The room you’re in, or the tone of your voice can affect your communication.
A room that is dimly lit or cluttered can distract your audience, or make them feel too uncomfortable to even consider what you’re saying.
When you speak, having a tone that is too harsh or too soft also affects the communication process. Practice speaking in a moderate and clear voice.
Barriers to Effective Communication # 2: Lack of Knowledge
Even if you’ve taken care of the atmosphere, you can’t exactly expect everyone to know what you’re talking about as well as you do.
When you have something you wish to communicate, give a brief backgrounder and speak in layman’s terms.
Avoid jargon and use words that are simple enough for a 10-year old to understand. Attempting to look smart by using “difficult” words will only confuse your audience and give you an unfavorable impression.
Barriers to Effective Communication # 3: Emotional Distress
Emotions are a lot more difficult to deal with than lack of knowledge. You can’t control a person’s feelings, and trying to do so might make things worse.
Learn to sense and read people’s moods so you’ll know exactly when the best time is to talk to them. If the person you intend to talk to already looks stressed and harassed with work, try not to burden him with more of the same discussion. Be more observant and alert so you won’t miss the signs.
Don’t let any barriers to effective communication hinder your success. You have to put yourself in the shoes of your audience. Many effective speakers know what their audience wants and try their best to give it to them. Believe me, a little consideration goes a long way.