8 Barriers to Effective Communication

  1. Lack of attention, interest, distractions or irrelevance to the receiver.
  2. Differences in perception and viewpoint.
  3. Physical disabilities: such as hearing problems or speech difficulties.
  4. Language differences: the difficulty in understanding unfamiliar accents.
  5. Expectations and prejudices: which may lead to false assumptions or stereotyping
  6. The use of jargon: Over-complicated, unfamiliar or technical terms.
  7. Emotional barriers and taboos: Some people may find it difficult to express their emotions and some topics may be completely off-limits or taboo.
  8. Cultural Differences: The norms of social interaction vary greatly in different cultures, as do the way in which emotions are expressed.