Which of These 4 Communication Styles Are You?
Common Barriers to Effective Communication:
- Emotional barriers and taboos. Some people may find it difficult to express their emotions and some topics may be completely 'off-limits' or taboo.
- Lack of attention, interest, distractions, or irrelevance to the receiver.
- Differences in perception and viewpoint.
- Physical disabilities such as hearing problems or speech difficulties.
- Physical barriers to non-verbal communication. Not being able to see the non-verbal cues, gestures, posture and general body language can make communication less effective.
- Expectations and prejudices which may lead to false assumptions or stereotyping. People often hear what they expect to hear rather than what is actually said and jump to incorrect conclusions.
- Cultural differences. The norms of social interaction vary greatly in different cultures, as do the way in which emotions are expressed.
A skilled communicator must be aware of these barriers and try to reduce their impact by continually checking understanding and by offering appropriate feedback.
- The highlighted items are the most pervasive and challenging causes of communication problems, which is why we believe using the unique tool - the 6 Cultural Dimensions - is the most effective way to improve communication, teamwork, organizational culture and conflict managment.
6 Effects of Poor Employee Communications
Workplace Communication Problems - from an Ask Dave column
Journal of Business Studies http://jbsq.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/June_2014_8.pdf
5 Ways Workplace Communication Effectiveness Can Increase Productivity
Hoffstede's 6 Cultural Dimensions
Here is one site with info on the 6 cultural dimensions