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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.Some of the important communication blockers include:1. AccusingBlaming someone and making someone feel guilty is a sure shot way of creating a negative atmosphere and this can surely block open communication.2. Judging 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.3. InsultingIt 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.4. DiagnosisMany 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.5. SarcasmSarcasm 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.6. Globalizing 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.7. Threats or OrdersOrdering 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. 8. InterruptingFrequent 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. 9. Changing the subjectSuddenly 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. 10. Calling for reassuranceIn 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.Conclusion: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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Project Management Tutorial

Communication Blocker

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.

Some of the important communication blockers include:

1. Accusing

Blaming someone and making someone feel guilty is a sure shot way of creating a negative atmosphere and this can surely block open communication.

2. Judging 

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.

3. Insulting

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.

4. Diagnosis

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.

5. Sarcasm

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.

6. Globalizing 

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.

7. Threats or Orders

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. 

8. Interrupting

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. 

9. Changing the subject

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. 

10. Calling for reassurance

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.

Conclusion:

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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Prakruthi

In these project management tutorials, I have learned the Techniques & methodologies and in this article, anyone can learn the basics of PMP to latest and advanced levels of PMP. I have referred some other website but no website provided this much detailed information about project management really thanks for the website for guiding the professionals to be good at our project management carriers.

Clife

Clear and understandable notes

Muwanguzi Edward

Good information to enhance good communication

Ali

Thanks .the information you provide is very important

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