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How do you overcome a communication barrier?

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July 16, 2010 9:48AM

Overcoming Barriers to Communication

First, identify the barrier. If you can figure out what the problem is, you'll have an easier time figuring out how to overcome it.

In social communication, very generally and very simply, people have to have something in common as a basis of communication, in order to make it happen smoothly. As an answer to how to overcome a social communication barrier, always watch people and try to find something in common between you and them. And be careful, that's a lot more effort than you think it is, because you have to stop thinking about yourself for a while and think of other people.

Ask questions and listen to the replies with an open mind. The challenge in communicating effectively is realizing that the barriers are you. Your expectations, your instructions, your follow up and your response to the situation, all influence the outcome. This is true while communicating with friends, co-workers, managers, bosses, children, wives or husbands. In order to get what you want, you must try to give the other person what they want; respect, understanding and positive acknowledgment.