The Seven Barriers of Communication

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Most people would agree that communication between two individuals should be simple. It’s important to remember that there are differences between talking and communicating. When you communicate, you are successful in getting your point across to the person you’re talking to. When we talk, we tend to erect barriers that hinder our ability to communicate. There are seven of these types of barriers to effective communication, including:

  1. Physical barriers;
  2. Perceptual barriers;
  3. Emotional barriers;
  4. Cultural barriers;
  5. Language barriers;
  6. Gender barriers; and,
  7. Interpersonal barriers.

With this Guide, we'll help you better understand these barriers so you can recognize them and overcome them.

  • Introduction

  • Physical Barriers

    • Examples Of Physical Barriers

    • Overcoming Physical Barriers

  • ​Cultural Barriers​

    • Examples Of Cultural Barriers

    • Overcoming Cultural Barriers

  • Language Barriers

    • Examples Of Language Barriers

    • Overcoming Language Barriers 

  • Perceptual Barriers

    • Examples Of Perceptual Barriers

    • Overcoming Perceptual Barriers

  • Interpersonal Barriers

    • Examples Of Interpersonal Barriers

    • Overcoming Interpersonal Barriers

  • Gender Barriers

    • Examples Of Gender Barriers

    • Overcoming Gender Barriers

  • Emotional Barriers

    • Examples Of Emotional Barriers

    • Overcoming Emotional Barriers

  • Conclusion


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I have been teaching 'barriers to communication', we have discussed many areas covered by this guide. For my students it will be, in easy to understand chunks, both a reminder of their discussions and an insight into further barriers that they may need to consider. Thank you
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I find it essential not only in public speaking but also in the workplace.
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thanks so much m.r CHRIS
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