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Barriers to communication. Barriers to effective communication could cause roadblocks in your professional and personal life and it could be one of the major hurdles in achieving your professional goals.

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-Punit Sarda -Sonal Agrawal Introduction: Communication is a process by which you convey your message to someone or a group of people. In other words Communication is the exchange of ideas, opinions and information through written or spoken words, symbols or actions. The communication process begins with the sender who encodes an idea that is sent in oral, written, visual or in some other form to the receiver. The receiver decodes the message and gains an understanding of what the sender wants to communicate. This in turn may result in some change or action. Communication is an important part of our world today. The ability to communicate affectively is considered a prized quality. But people in the world are not alike. These differences, however, can cause problems in sending/receiving messages. Simply these are the hurdles in the way of communication and anything which blocks the meaning of a communication is a barrier to communication. ...read more.


It might be at the listener or speaker's end. It might b attributed to other factors like noise, incoherence, disturbance in the medium also. Physical and External Barriers: Another major barrier of communication in a workplace is the physical barrier. Physical barriers in an organization include large working areas that are physically separated from others. Other distractions that could cause a physical barrier in an organization are the environment and the background noise. Communication does not consist of words alone. Your ideas, however good and however skillfully imparted, are at the mercy of various potential physical barriers. Unclear photocopies, unreadable print outs or messy corrections are typical examples of physical barriers. Socio-Psychological Barriers: The psychological barriers are those which are involved with some human psychology due to which it can become hurdle in the way of communication and the communication can be distorted. ...read more.


Age, education, gender, social status, economic position, cultural background, temperament, health, beauty, popularity, religion and political belief, all of this can separate one person from another and make understanding difficult. To overcome the barriers associated with differing backgrounds, oe should avoid projecting one's background or culture onto others. c. Selectivity: A final set of psychological barrier exists because of competition for people's time and attention i.e. selectivity barrier. We are constantly bombarded with information sources such as newspapers, magazines, radio and television etc. We cannot absorb all this information flowing our way so we must screen it selectively. One factor in the way people select is timing. Some messages that maybe effective at one time might be blocked or even detrimental at another time. e.g. a letter of condolence sent out immediately after the event is more effective than one sent later. Sometimes people might employ selective listening, i.e. listening only what one desires or wants to listen. Continued selective listening is one of the best ways to destroy a relationship. ?? ?? ?? ?? Barriers to Communication ...read more.

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