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Which are the top 5 barriers to communication?

We all know barriers of communicative communication (BOC) exist and they’re bad, but they can be extremely frustrating.

But where do we start?

Here are 5 barriers of communications to keep in mind when dealing with your BOC.

1.

Lack of context.

This is something that has to be addressed with your boss and is probably the biggest barrier for most people.

If your boss doesn’t understand your needs and you feel like you can’t communicate, then you’ll feel that you’re wasting time and that you should have a clear answer.

There are many resources on how to address this: 1.

The BOC Handbook by the communication team, the organisation, and/or your manager can help.

2.

A BOC Glossary of Terms by the BOC team can be useful.

3.

A Glossary in Your Organisation’s language section can help you better understand how the organisation communicates.

4.

If you’re in a remote work environment and you’re unable to get a team member to fill in a form, you can ask a colleague to fill it out and keep the form open in the office.

This can also be used to improve the quality of your communication.

5.

Don’t get bogged down in what you can say or don’t say.

If there are no clear signs to back up your words, it will be hard to communicate with your bosses and they’ll feel less engaged.

2a.

Be flexible.

Be realistic and allow yourself to be open to new information and new approaches.

The most important thing is that you listen to and take into account the information that you can.

You can always find ways to change your position or tone and that can only be good for your team.

2b.

Be open.

Don’s a person who wants to be listened to and has a clear understanding of his or her needs.

If the communication situation is not clear, be open and flexible to discuss your concerns.

Be respectful, but if you need to be clear, don’t hesitate to ask questions or ask for clarification.

Be patient.

If communication is difficult, be patient and listen carefully.

If it is urgent, don,t rush into anything.

3a.

Don don’t be afraid to ask for help.

The only person who’s going to know what you need is your boss.

If someone has a problem with something, it’s your job to offer support.

Make sure you’re able to understand and share your needs with them.

Don,t let this pressure you to always be the first to give your opinion.

Don;t be afraid of speaking your mind.

It’s fine to ask the right questions or to make a suggestion but don’t assume you can offer an immediate answer.

Be considerate.

Ask for advice and ask questions, but be prepared to explain and discuss your position.

2c.

Be honest.

This one’s simple, but sometimes, it can be hard.

If a conversation breaks down, ask your boss to help you out.

Ask about what your boss can do to help.

Be clear about what you want, why you want it and what you’re willing to pay for it.

Be able to be honest and transparent.

If something doesn’t feel right, you have a duty to speak out about it. 3d.

Be willing to work for the solution.

If everyone involved wants a solution to their problem, it becomes harder to find one.

It can be tempting to look for the next solution.

That may be the only solution but, if the situation doesn’t work out, it could be that you need help.

Make a decision on what you are willing to do for the group, your own time and your own money.

Be prepared to be flexible.

The more you can work with your colleagues, the less time you’ll spend on solving problems.

4a.

Keep a balance.

It is important to have a sense of what you would like to say and what your needs are and don’t try to force things.

Instead, work with what your bosses are comfortable with and be realistic.

Ask your team to provide an answer.

If one person is uncomfortable with a suggestion, don;t push them to be more specific.

If they don’t respond to your suggestions, then it’s important that they know there are alternatives that could work.

3b.

Listen.

If everything sounds good, and you understand that the other person doesn’t want the solution, it doesn’t mean that they don;s have to.

Be aware that sometimes it can feel like there’s no point.

Be sure that you aren’t getting into an argument or argument over an issue that you haven’t discussed with your team yet.

Be understanding and supportive.

Don.;t become upset if a suggestion isn’t immediately accepted or if it doesn;t work out.

Be ready to consider alternatives.

Be helpful.

If people are struggling with the problem, don>t feel bad or discouraged.

Be positive.

Remember that there are many solutions out there. Don&