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In today’s global business world, communication is of paramount importance which binds people together and facilitates meaningful exchange of thoughts and information.
A communication blocker is something which can create a divide between people and can impede the flow of effective communication. Communication blocker can create a loss of enthusiasm to communicate and can many times completely break the communication between people. Very often people end up using communication blockers in their communication; sometimes intentionally and sometimes unintentionally. Communication blockers can really create a wall between people and create immense emotional distress.
Hence it is extremely important to become aware about the various communication blockers so that we can avoid them in all respect and will never allow them to affect our communication in a negative way.
Blaming someone and making someone feel guilty is a sure shot way of creating a negative atmosphere and this can surely block open communication.
Judging someone too quickly and passing on a verdict about them as being “bad” or “good” will easily lead to a feeling of “insecure” and “inferior” in the minds of people and can lead to loss of communication.
It is important to manage one’s anger and temper. No matter what, we should not be using our temper in a negative way and end up insulting someone.
Many times there will be a need to diagnose the validity of information provided by someone, especially from some experts. This can be a very sensitive thing to do. It must be done with adequate research and care. Otherwise, we may end up hurting the sentiments of the people whose information we are trying to validate.
Sarcasm is one of the worst kinds of behaviour we can use. This is a sure shot way to push people back into their shell. This creates a feeling of extreme disrespect. It has all the potential to completely breakdown the communication. By being courteous we can win people’s trust and get things done.
Using extreme words such “Always”, “Never”, “Absolutely Not” etc have the potential to create a wall between people. It is important to involve and engage people in communication. Hence such strong words should not be used.
Ordering or threatening someone by using one’s power of position is one of the most negative way of engaging with people. It is important to be understanding in a team environment.
Frequent interruptions to a person can surely create a negative feeling in his/her mind and that person can retreat himself/herself from the conversation. Hence interruption should be done for genuine clarification.
Suddenly changing the topic of conversation also will have similar impact of making the other person to feel as if you are not interested in a conversation, leading to retreating from communication. Hence one needs to be careful not to suddenly change the subject suddenly.
In a meeting, if one of the team members shared some crucial information, and you try to get this validated and reassured from others in the meeting immediately, then the person who shared this information may end up feeling very uncomfortable. If there will be a need for reassurance, it should be done in private.
Communication is the only way we can effectively engage with people and exchange our views and thoughts. Communication is between two minds and two hearts. It involves a huge amount of emotions and feelings of people.
Communication blockers described above, are some of the most common yet most destructive sins of communication, we may end up committing. Hence we need to be careful and conscious about avoiding the above communication blockers at all cost.
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