There are several barriers that exist when it comes to effective communication. If you are not able to effectively communicate with other people, it can make doing business or just carrying on a conversation very difficult.
If people do not speak the same language or if someone has a strong accent, people will have a hard time understanding each other. You don’t have to speak the same language to be able to communicate with someone, it just makes it a little easier. There are translation and language services that can help you translate different languages.
According to Merriam-Webster, jargon is defined as special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand. An example of this is when you are talking to your doctor. Your doctor may start talking to you in technical medical terms since that is common language for doctors. You have to let them know you aren’t understanding the terms they are using.
For some people, it doesn’t take much to get distracted. If there are too many things going on at the same time, it may be difficult to communicate with other people. There are distractions all around us. You may be looking at the person who is talking to you and seem as though you are listening, but all you can think about is what time the kids need to be picked up and what you will be making for dinner.
Text messages, emails, and even phone calls can provide a communication barrier. Sometimes it is difficult to effectively communicate with others if you can’t see them in person or hear their tone of voice. Text messages and emails can come across completely different to the receiver than the sender intended. Unless it is a Facetime or a Skype phone call, when you talk to someone on the phone you can hear their tone, but you aren’t able to see their facial expressions and hand gestures. This is an important part of communication.