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20 Barriers to Effective Communication You Must Overcome

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Communication is essential to not only convey information accurately but to cultivate and strengthen long-lasting relationships.

Have you ever been in a situation where your message has been severely misunderstood?

If you want to get your message across accurately, understanding the art of effective communication is vital.

What Is Communication?

An integral instinct found in all living beings, communication is a way of exchanging information and thoughts with others. Effective correspondence helps to express feelings, ideas, thoughts, or emotions in a way that is easy to comprehend.

Types of Communication Styles

Every individual has a unique style of communicating. Usually, communication styles are divided into five categories. These types are:

  • Aggressive
  • Assertive
  • Passive-aggressive
  • Submissive
  • Manipulative

If you are interested in learning more about different conversational styles and their ability to put your message across, you can check my blog on types of communication styles here.

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.  

— George Bernard Shaw

10 Common Barriers to Good Communication

There are countless ways in which a simple message can be interpreted. As an effective communicator, your job is to make sure your message expresses your thoughts precisely. Unfortunately, several hurdles can prevent your message from being conveyed effectively.

So, let’s dive in and discuss 10 barriers that can make effective communication frustrating.

1. Inability to Listen Actively

One of the most common obstacles to good communication is the failure to listen carefully. Listening to other people’s opinions is an integral part of communicating effectively.

2. Rude Language

Would you like to listen to someone rude to you?

Probably not. Often, your message comes across as snobbish even when it is not your intent. Respecting others is essential to convey your thoughts effectively and build strong relationships.

3. Lack of Clarity

A clear and concise message allows the listener to grasp the information easily. Confusing vocabulary makes the audience lose interest which results in a long pointless conversation. Talking aimlessly only takes you away from your goal of communicating your thoughts effectively.

4. Confusing Body Language

Making inappropriate use of body language can agitate a receiver who may get confused between the verbal and the physical message. Showing too many emotions or a complete lack of emotions can mislead the receiver. Smiling, maintaining eye contact, using the right tone and posture all play a crucial role in delivering your message efficiently.

5. Dragging Conversations

Unnecessarily dragging the conversation and adding useless information is one of the biggest barriers to effective communication. Building a mind map and conveying thoughts precisely is what makes a conversation effective.

6. Lack of Trust

If you don’t trust the person you are communicating with, you will unintentionally hold back information. The lack of information and transparency can result in a half-baked message that can cause the conversation to go sideways. Anxiety and trust issues are major hurdles that contribute to inefficient communication.

7. Avoiding Others

If you fail to take into account the feelings and concerns of the receiver, you will never be able to successfully deliver a message. In any conversation, it is crucial to understand the perspective of your audience. Ignoring people’s opinions just because yours is different doesn’t make you right. Try to bridge this gap by keeping an open mind and hearing out the concerns of others.

8. Ignoring Feedback

Asking for feedback can not only help in clearing confusion but can also enable you to communicate better in the future. Completely ignoring the importance of feedback can cause you some serious damage to your professional life.

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t being said. The art of reading between the lines is a life long quest of the wise. 

— Shannon L. Alder

9. Prejudice & Stereotyping

People often focus on what they want to hear instead of what is being said. Although this is a failure on the part of the receiver, the conveyer should still try their level best to put their message across despite what others may think or perceive about them.

10. Using Jargon

Using jargon can discourage the receiver from grasping your message. Easy, concise and precise messages are much easier to understand then rarely used combinations of complex words. Always remember that listeners are lazy and don’t like to put extra effort into deciphering a message.

 Alex Lyon, a communication coach, talks about common barriers that need to be improved for effective correspondence in everyday life.

1. Language Use

 Being too technical with your message can cause people to lose interest in what you are saying. Try to incorporate everyday language to deliver your message better.

2. Disorganized Messages

Rambling without articulating your thoughts can result in a confused receiver that is unable to follow your message.

3. Information Overload

Throwing too much information while communicating can turn the conversation into a chaotic mess which can never lead to a useful exchange of information.

4. Attitudinal Differences

Different people have varying perspectives because of their lifestyle, upbringing, beliefs, etc. Holding bias towards someone with dissimilar views can never result in effective communication.

5. Demographic Differences

People who belong to different age groups, genders, or cultures may have trouble breaking their demographic barriers to understand each other successfully.

6. Triggers and Filters

The way you see the world is drastically different from how someone else perceives it. Sometimes, certain words or phrases can hold significantly different meanings for different groups and can hinder efficient correspondence.

7. Physical Distance

Talking on email, phones, or through screens is very different from communicating in person. Although it is not impossible, it is tough to communicate perfectly when two people are separated by distance.

8. Noise

People often have trouble focusing on what you are saying when their environment is full of noise and disturbance. Although these things are often not in our control, try to convey your message when no noise or disturbance can sway the receiver from the message.

“ Be silent, or say something better than silence.”

— Pythagoras

9. Difficulty Hearing Clearly

Delivering information successfully can be difficult if the people involved have some kind of hearing impairment. In such a situation, pushing just a little bit harder to put your point across can help the people in understanding your message.

Different Types of Barriers to Communication

The hurdles to a good discussion have many types and can be physical, cultural, linguistic, or physiological. Let’s take a more in-depth look at these complex communication barriers.

1. Linguistic Barriers

One of the biggest obstacles to effective communication is language. Different languages, dialects, or accents can prevent a message from being adequately understood. These hurdles are often faced in diverse organizations that recruit employees from all around the world. Communicators need to establish strategies to deliver the message effectively.

2. Emotional Barriers

Emotional intelligence plays a huge role in delivering your message efficiently. Individuals with higher emotional intelligence easily connect with people. On the other hand, people who let emotions get the better of themselves end up misleading their audience towards an incomplete and confusing conversation. Anger, anxiety, or fear can significantly limit the effectiveness of your conversation.

3. Perception Barriers

Understanding how the receiver perceives your message is of crucial importance to deliver your message efficiently. Different people may understand and perceive the same message in different ways. Therefore, it is essential to broaden your horizons and understand the point of view of others before trying to express your thoughts.

4. Cultural Barriers

There are different forms of communication in different cultures which makes intercultural correspondence a challenge. This is because people often have a habit of establishing a preconceived notion about certain groups and individuals. Breaking stereotypes is a challenging job, but it can be achieved through the use of culturally appropriate norms.

5. Psychological Barriers

People who suffer from anxiety or low self-esteem issues may find themselves preoccupied with the thoughts of embarrassing themselves. This may distract them from their actual goal; to convey their thoughts accurately. Getting worried about being misinterpreted can also have a significant impact on how you communicate.

Ways to Overcome Barriers to Effective Communication

Now that we have discussed the various hurdles that can hinder efficient correspondence, let’s discuss how to defeat these obstacles and achieve your goals.

1. Communicate Concisely

Keep your message short. Focus on the important points. Stay away from distractions. Articulate your thoughts in a concise manner that persuades the receiver to focus on your message. While it may be tempting to add more information or jargon, sticking to concise but accurate statements can help effectively deliver your message.

2. Keep an Open Mind

Answering questions that might trigger you are an essential part of being an effective communicator. Try to understand and respect the perspectives of others. Never put anyone off just because you don’t want to answer their question. Make yourself available and go out of your way to answer the queries of the receivers to clear any doubt or misunderstanding about your message.

3. Listen Attentively

A brilliant communicator does not set his message according to his own needs or desires. He assesses the situation and conveys the message in a way that is most feasible to others. Listen to the point of view of the receiver with attention. Keep the needs and interests of the receiver in your mind to effectively communicate your message.

“ A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something. ”

— Wilson Mizner

4. Rely on Feedback to Improve Communication

Feedback is the most important aspect of communication. It ensures that the receiver has understood your message clearly. Especially in situations where there is a cultural or linguistic gap, asking for feedback can help prevent the wrong interpretation of your message.

How Can Effective Communication Help You Succeed in Life?

Without good communication, a simple message can turn into a misunderstanding or even a disaster. To be successful in life, it is essential to understand the importance of communicating effectively. Whether it’s your personal or professional life, an ineffective discussion can hold you back from achieving your goals and objectives.

To succeed on this two-way street, make a clear mind map of what you want to say and try to figure out whom you are communicating to and why. Ask yourself what you want to achieve through this conversation and express your thoughts precisely.

Bottom Line

When you take out the time to hone your communication skills, it helps you prepare for your future leadership roles. Start small. Dress professionally, greet people with enthusiasm and try to create a mind map before you start to convey your message. Even a small step can help you improve significantly in your socializing journey.

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Top 10 Proofreading Tips to Improve Your Resume

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When applying for a job, the simplest typo or mistake on your resume can make you seem unprofessional and careless and undermine your chances of success. Having written your resume, it’s essential that you thoroughly proofread it to catch any errors and mistakes. From printing it out, to reading your resume aloud, to using a writing service to help, here are ten top tips to help you improve your resume and make a great first impression.

1. Use Spell Check

Many spelling mistakes and errors can be avoided by ensuring that you’ve enabled the spellcheck feature on your word processor. Once you have finished writing your resume, the first thing you should do is to run a spell-check. This will help you quickly identify and correct any obvious spelling and grammar mistakes.

However, you must ensure that the language is set correctly. Be aware of your audience and ensure that you change the language preference to either British English if you’re applying for a job in the UK, or American English, if your job application is being sent to the US. Similarly, ensure that you use and apply the correct spelling and grammar conventions, depending on which country you’re sending your resume to. Some terminology may be slightly different, so it’s worth checking that you have used it correctly.

Although the spell check feature will help you correct obvious mistakes, it can miss some errors. For instance, it will probably miss an unintentional stray letter or an omitted letter, so that you may be applying for a role as a ‘manger’ instead of as a ‘manager’. Therefore, once you’ve used the spell checker tool, it’s essential that you still personally re-read it and check it carefully.

2. Wait a Day before Proofreading Your Resume

Make sure that you factor in sometime between writing your resume and beginning to proofread it. Ideally, you should wait a day or two before you start to proofread and edit your resume. This break will enable you to get some distance from the document and allow you to return to it with fresh eyes. As such, you’ll be more likely to spot any mistakes you may have made. Equally, proofreading a resume requires time and attention, so make sure that you schedule in your proofreading session for a time when you are alert.

3. Print out a Copy

Printing out your resume on to paper is a helpful proofreading strategy. When we read text on a screen, there is a tendency to skim read, as opposed to reading with care. By contrast, when words are printed on paper, we are more likely to read these with more attention, meaning that it will be easier and more likely for you to be able to successfully identify any errors in your resume.

Once you have written your resume and completed an initial review of it, print it out onto paper. In some cases, it can also help print it out using a different font from the one you are accustomed to reading and writing in. This subtle change can be enough to help your brain pay more careful attention to detail, as opposed to ‘auto-correcting’ mistakes when you see them. It can be a good idea to create a second copy of your resume on which you change the font for this purpose. That way, you won’t forget to change the font back once your proofreading is complete or have to make changes to your original format.

When you are proofreading the paper copy, use a highlighter and a different colored pen to make notes or changes. A red pen works particularly well as it will stand out, ensuring that you’re less likely to miss out on an important edit or note when you begin editing your resume on the screen again.

4. Use a Proofreading Tool or Writing Service

If you have difficulty proofreading your resume or if English isn’t your first language, it can be useful to instead use an online proofreading tool or writing service to help you. There are many services and tools available online which can help check your resume for spelling and grammatical errors. Once you’ve written your resume, you can submit it for proofreading and objective feedback. Some online tools and services will also provide you with tips and suggestions on how to improve the content of your resume, as well as checking for mistakes.

5. Read It Out Loud

One of the most effective proofreading techniques is to read your work aloud. Although this may feel a little awkward and strange to begin it, reading your writing aloud will enable you to focus on what you’ve actually written and identify any mistakes and awkward phrases. Make a note of any phrases you stumble over as you’re reading and ensure that you correct them during your editing.

6. Read It from the Bottom, a Line at a Time

Another useful strategy is to re-read your resume, starting from the bottom of your document. Essentially, you are reading it backwards, one line at a time. This is a slightly time-consuming task, but it’s a great technique for helping you identify stray spelling mistakes which you or the spell check may have missed before. Reading your resume in this way will force you to slow down your reading and allow you to focus more carefully on individual words, as well as smaller details, such as punctuation, capitalization errors and spaces.

7. Re-Read It with a Different Focus Each Time

Reading your resume once is not enough. You are likely to miss some small details on a first or even second reading, so ensure that you schedule in enough time to do multiple readings. It can be useful to focus on different aspects each time you read through your resume. For example, you might want to read it once for spelling, another time focusing on grammar, a third time focusing on verb tenses and a fourth time checking the formatting.

When you check your resume for spelling, it’s especially important to check each individual word, looking out for homophones and contractions. Equally important is to ensure that you are using appropriate and consistent tenses throughout. When referring to your previous jobs, make sure that you write in the past tense, but anything related to your current job and duties should be written in the present tense.

Check thoroughly that all proper nouns have been capitalized and that you have used consistent date formats throughout your resume. Punctuation can be easily overlooked, so ensure that you check that there is only a single space between a period and the beginning of a new sentence. Check too that all sentences have a period at the end and try to avoid using exclamation marks.

8. Check Smaller Details

As you read through your resume, make a note of any recurring mistakes that you find. When you edit your resume, you can use the “Find” function on your computer to ensure that all those mistakes are corrected. Equally important is to check smaller words. Little words, such as ‘of’ and ‘if’ can sometimes get interchanged. It’s essential that you go back through your resume and double-check for these easily missed errors.

9. Ask a Friend to Check It for You

Having worked on your resume for a while and re-read it through several times, it can become challenging to catch any mistakes. In particular, the more familiar that you become with the document, the more likely your brain will start to ‘auto-correct’ any typos or missing punctuation you may have missed.

Asking a trusted friend or family member to read it over for you can be very helpful. Not only will they be able to spot any mistakes you may have missed, but they’ll also be able to provide you with useful and constructive feedback on how to improve the content and layout of your document.

10. Check the Formatting and Design

The design and formatting of your resume are extremely important. An overcrowded and messy resume will be hard to read. Instead, make sure that you allow for plenty of white space. Use headings to break up your resume into different sections, which are easily identifiable. It’s important that your name, address, phone number and email are easy to find and access. As such, ensure that these contact details appear towards the top of your resume.

Most importantly, your resume needs to be easy to read, so ensure that you use a conservative font that is legible. Preferably choose a font such as Times New Roman or Verdana and ensure that it is an appropriate size, ideally size 12.

Conclusion

When you’re applying for a job, your resume is your first chance to impress your potential employer. Give yourself the best possible chance of success by carefully and thoroughly proofreading it, to ensure it’s the best document it can be.

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Ways to be Productive as a Student

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It is sometimes quite difficult to do all your tasks and deliver to the maximum, especially if your academic agenda is overcrowded with lots of assignments to be delivered short term. Is this a situation that you are in? Then you have two solutions. The easiest way out is to hire a cheap essay writer online to handle the most challenging assignments. Thus, you can be sure that the task is done in time and will bring only the highest grade to your portfolio. In case you cannot afford it, then it is the right time to re-approach your performance. And the below tips will help you improve your productivity.

#1 – Plan Your Day

You have one or more classes; you know that. And your schedule is your responsibility. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you plan your classes well, so you won’t have to worry about it. But if you don’t get organized with your schedule, you’ll forget about some things that are crucial for your studies. It is crucial to be able to follow up on your classes, and you will know what you have to do in every class. Every time you check your timetable, think about the topics that you need to cover and the assignments that you have to do. When you have a class every week, you won’t forget what you have to accomplish.

#2 – Take Your Notes

You probably know how important it is to write things down when you’re trying to grasp something new. If you have a class every week, it will help you so much. You don’t have to write in a notebook, you can also use your smartphone or just plain white paper. But don’t let your phone or notebooks stay inside your bag when you go to class. You risk having them lost, destroyed, stolen. When you are trying to learn something new, it’s important to record every single detail. Don’t worry, if it’s difficult for you to write in your notes, it’s also not necessary. Your brain can store much more information than you think. Find a balance that works best for you.

#3 – Sleep

Many may think that students are not “allowed” to sleep. Well, you can get really mad and crazy if you don’t sleep. That’s why you have to follow the schedule and sleep at the time you’re supposed to. If you can’t sleep well, take your medicine, read a book, or watch a movie. But don’t overdo it. It’s a big disadvantage to sleeping less, but if you sleep less, you’ll need to stay up late and will be able to study well.

#4 – Make up for the Work You Missed

If you skip classes or if you didn’t study enough in the morning, it’s very likely that you will forget some information. The solution is simple – take a look at your previous classes and make a note of the most important topics you need to know about. Do this a day before the test so you’ll know what you need to learn.

#5 – Eat

Nutrition is very important. The food you eat affects your work a lot. First of all, you’ll have an easier time concentrating if you’re well-fed. If you’re hungry, you can’t study. This is especially true when it comes to eating junk food. Therefore, make sure that you have healthy meals. You should avoid snacks with coffee, soda, and other unhealthy products. Don’t eat late at night; this will hardly be beneficial to your organism.

#6 – Don’t Procrastinate

This is important for your studying, your work, and your life. We know that you want to do everything fast, but the important things have to come first. Take care of your personal life, your health, your relationships, your studies, and anything else that is important to you.

#7 – Make Friends

This may seem a bit obvious, but you will need friends to study. You may need someone to help you out when you’re in a crisis and you’re stuck in class with a book that’s hard for you to understand. Of course, your best friend may be your computer. But it is way better to have a friend to advise you in harsh times and with challenging assignments.

#8 – Reward Yourself

If you’re going to stay disciplined, it is important that you reward yourself for success. It’s not like going to the gym and taking care of your body to look good. The reward has to be something in your studies. The reward shouldn’t be expensive because you’ll have to study hard and get very little sleep. Try to stay on the right path, and you’ll be fine.

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Top 6 Valuable Life Lessons We Can Learn from Casino Movies

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Gambling has been around for thousands of years, and gaming and sports betting probably occurred even before we learned to write down all our bets. There are documented betting cases occurring in Ancient China, India & Egypt. Today all over the world, casino games and sports betting have become a billion-dollar industry that’s still growing with each passing day.

Movies are the mirror of society, and we can see the reflection. Most films were stories about life in a different era in the past. Today’s films more commonly revolve around real-life scenarios, often set in relatable locations with relatable characters and casino story has made a considerable impact in today’s cinema. Casino movies feel somewhat related due to their noticeable connection with our society.

Casino movies go through stories about heists, robberies, cons, cheating at poker, or how casinos work behind the scenes – but it also teaches us some valuable life lessons for all walks of life. Every profession has its pros and cons but learning new things is always an adventure worth taking! Let’s have a look at a few of the valuable lessons from Casino movies:-

Gambling Can Make You a Better Person

Strategic gambling is all about understanding your opponent’s mindset, identifying common personality traits of players that are likely to have a particular characteristic or play a certain way, and then trying to outwit them by doing the opposite. It surely can make you a better person on paper, but does it work in real life? Well…

The casino movie 21, based on the true story of six MIT students who used their knowledge of probability and card counting techniques to win hundreds of thousands of dollars at blackjack over several months in the early 2000s, leaves us with some interesting ideas on this subject. If you’re unaware, card counting is based on some cards being statistically more likely to be dealt than others. It means that if you know which cards have been dealt and keep track of them as the game progresses, you’re able to predict what’s left in the deck and take advantage accordingly.

The art of card counting isn’t easy – and you’ll need loads of willpower and determination to succeed – but it can make you a better person by improving your ability to make quick risk assessments. If nothing else, this gives us an important reminder: we can choose how we want to treat others, even when faced with adversity!

Casino movies like 21 remind us that anything worth doing takes hard work, patience, perseverance, composure under pressure, and enough belief in ourselves that we don’t quit before achieving success  (no matter how long it takes).

You Don’t Always Need to Be the Best.

The casino movie 21 may teach a valuable lesson about learning from our mistakes and not taking people for granted. It also reminds us that we don’t always have to be the best at something to get what we want. Sometimes the only way to “win” is by making peace that we cannot win every war. If you’ve seen this film, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. When Ben Campbell (played by Jim Sturgess) was competing in Blackjack tables against some of his friends and former classmates, he was constantly trying to prove himself by beating them – but doing so meant that he wasn’t focused on his performance.

The movie teaches us that it’s important to be honest when we make mistakes. It also reminds us that if we always insist on being the best at everything, then there will be situations where we will truly fail. Sometimes, life is all about making the best of what you have and accepting that you cannot always win!

Money Doesn’t Bring You Happiness.

The casino movie 21 shows us how money doesn’t necessarily bring happiness, but the film Maverick reminds us why this trend exists in the first place…   James Garner plays poker expert Brett Maverick, well-known for never showing his cards while playing cards. It makes him unbeatable by conventional means, but one day he meets up with another poker player who has managed to figure out Maverick’s game by using psychology. This opponent manages to win every game against Maverick, but what he doesn’t know is that Maverick isn’t losing… he’s waiting for the right moment to strike!

As we all know, life is a little like a casino game sometimes: there will be times when we’re on top and times when we’re further down the line. However, if we keep coming back and playing this unique hand called “life” better than our competition time after time again, then eventually, we’ll make it to the showdown with success!

Casino movies like Maverick remind us that money can bring happiness in some ways (for example, when we use the money to bring others happiness), but there are also times when it fails to make us truly happy. As Maverick proved in this casino movie, life is all about waiting for the opportunity to strike at just the right moment!

Work Smart, Not Hard

It reminds us that working smart can sometimes get you further than working hard. We must see every situation as an opportunity to learn something new and take our skills up a notch. To do this, however, we need to be open-minded enough to give ourselves the chance to learn from our mistakes so that we can avoid making them again next time. If you’ve seen the film, then you’ll agree with me when I say that this is what led Ben to success in his quest for Blackjack supremacy.

It reminds us that sometimes the best way to learn from our mistakes is by staying humble and using them as a learning tool instead of feeling ashamed or embarrassed about who we are as people. The truth is, there’s something to be learned from every mistake we make – all we have to do is be brave enough to take responsibility, stay focused on the task at hand, and always pay attention to the lessons that life has for us!

As Maverick proved in the casino movie Maverick, we must know when it’s time to play smarter rather than harder – especially if you’re playing against someone who has had more practice than you. It becomes especially true in the game of life because if we keep trying to play something that doesn’t suit us just because it seems straightforward, all we’re doing is hurting ourselves instead of helping the situation. We must remember that casino movies are unlikely to change our lives completely – but they do have a lot to teach us about how money really can’t buy happiness and why it’s so important for us to work smart!

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