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What are some common barriers to effective communication?  
Effective communication involves the successful transmission and receipt of information. The choice of words, the tone of one’s voice, physical gestures, and the ability to listen effectively all contribute to important aspects of communication. Anything that causes the message being sent to being inaccurately received is considered a barrier to effective communications. For example, there are physical distractions such as bad phone lines or noisy rooms that may affect what the receiver actually hears. There are cultural barriers that may affect the way a message is understood such as when a person uses unfamiliar expressions, slang phrases, or local jargon. An individual’s emotional state (either they sender or receiver of the message) can be a barrier. If someone is angry or preoccupied with emotions, he/she may have trouble hearing the message. Another barrier is “information overload.” This often occurs in a classroom setting, lecture, or perhaps a sales pitch. Quite often the person trying to communicate the information is so knowledgeable about the subject matter that he/she tries to “tell it all.” Those on the receiving end find it so overwhelming that they barely get any of the details. These are just a few examples of the types of obstacles that can interfere with effective communication. Learn more about effective communication skills through the many resources available on this subject (books, classes, seminars, etc.).
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