“Who are you with?
– I am here with my friends.
– What I meant was, where do you work?’’
How many times has a similar situation happened to you, and afterward you felt a bit embarrassed?
The semantic barrier is one of the most common barriers. Different usage of expressions can cause problems in communication and the business itself as a consequence.
Efficient communication exists if the thought of the sender is transferred completely, in the untouched form to the receiver and that the form remains the same after being decoded by the receiver. Sounds difficult? Because it is.
Communication can be verbal and non-verbal, and the one that contains the most information is – guess which one?
Pay attention to how you are sitting now and how do you sit when your supervisor or supervisor’s supervisor enters the office. Or, how you are sitting when dining with your parents-in-law and your posture when dining alone. Non-verbal communication can reveal much more than you think.
Some of the most common communication obstacles are:
Cultural noise: when you want to shake hands and you should bow
Physical distraction: when you are too much into your mobile device and you cannot focus on the conversation
Psychosocial barrier: when you have prejudice about something or someone and that is stopping you from making the communication efficient, such as nationalism
Clear your mind and plan your communication efficiently, every day, hour, and second. Trust me, you can communicate better.