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  • Barriers to communication By Liam Wagstaff
  • Technical barrier• This can be anything from background noise and hardware problems to having a bad connection, this type of barrier can easily cripple the progress you have made in communicating, just due to the fact that for example, if your microphone isnt working properly the person you are talking to will either not be able to hear you or there be will incredible sound problems, or it could be that your internet connection is bad so the person you are talking to will having problems hearing what you are saying or they will not be able to hear you at all. Background noise is a real problem when it comes to communicating with someone through a computer but you can easily solve this by purchasing a background noise cancelling headset. http://www.creative.com/products/headphones/usage/noisecancel .asp
  • Accents• Accents can incredibly ruin conversations due to the other person either not understanding what you are saying or will miss out words that they were supposed to pay attention for them to understand, unfortunately countries such as the UK have a lot of people with different accents so sometimes it becomes complicated to communicate with one another. This is countered in lectures and other types of speeches using devices called Simultaneous Interpretation Headsets which translates the language of the person talking into what ever language you understand. http://www.lexiconusa.com/pages/Sales-Translation- Equipment.html
  • Body language barrier• In some countries such as the UK we use hand shaking to greet one another but in other countries hand shaking is not expectable or means absolutely nothing, for example Japan and Chinese people express introduction in a different way such as bowing. There are even negative body language that the British use but other countries wouldn’t even understand what they mean. To help prevent problems with this you can use the Internet to search for varies greetings and other types of body language in the country/countries that you are going to. http://www.samdiener.com/2009/10/body-language- in-different-cultures/
  • Presentation Faults• When doing a presentation there are many type’s of communication barriers that the presenter should account for when making his/her presentation, such as; the language that the viewers speak, the volume of the sound of the presentation or the image and text sizes so people can read what is written. This is a big problem when doing a presentation but there are ways to help with it, for example; you can purchase a presentation remote which will allow you to zoom in so the viewers can read what is written and a sound controls to increase the volume. http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/19919/xx/xx/104/9 /criteresn.html
  • Eye Contact• Keeping eye contact is important when communicating due to the fact that it signifies that you are paying attention and following what is being said with your complete attention on the person talking, when presenting moving from one person to the next and keeping eye contact keeps not just the listeners concentrating but also the presenter due to the fact that it keeps you concentrated on what you are saying, when you lose concentration on what you are saying it is common to say words such as uh, um and so a lot more than is necessary. This can be avoided by using programs such as Skype to have a meetings or conversations so it would not be necessary to keep eye contact. (http://beta.skype.com/en/)
  • Physical and Metal Disabilities• You should account for disabilities when presenting or communication with others, for example if you are talking to someone who has a mental disability that causes them to have a brain of a child you would use non complicated words to help them understand, or if someone has a problem hear (e.g. deaf or hard hearing) then you will need to counter this by using sign language or presenting with words at an acceptable format and size. A technical way to counter this would be to supply those with bad hearing with hearing aide conversation amplifiers which makes it easier to hear at a distance or in noisy environments. (http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/shop/products- for-hearing-conversation/elite-listeners.aspx)
  • Information Overload• An information overload is pretty much what it sounds like which is a overload of information which means that if you continuously feed someone to much information it will overload their brain and it will end up that they wont understand what is being said which can cause problems such as stress and anxiety or you can suffer from lack of time when doing work or other such things. To help reduce information overload you can use programs to help prioritize your information into for example “slides” which will help feed both you and if your presenting the information to viewers it will also help them take in information one “slide” at a time. http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/powerpoint/