Top 10 Barriers to Effective Communication

Top 10 Barriers to Effective Communication

There are several reasons why communication may fail. In many communications, the receiver may not receive the exact message that the sender intends to deliver.

But before knowing the barriers to effective communication, you need to know the importance of communication. 

Hence, before starting to know the barriers to effective communication, Please go through

The skilled communicator needs to be aware of the barriers to effective communication and the methodology to avoid those barriers in order to achieve perfect communication.


Hence, I present the top 10 Barriers to Effective Communication.


  1. Language Barriers

Language plays a vital role in any sort of communication. Even you are doing effective communication, it may be of no use as you may be communicating in different languages.

  1. Psychological Barriers

There are various mental issues that may be barriers to effective communication. A list of psychological barriers is long.

A few of the most common psychological barriers are Public Speaking Fear, Speech Disorders, Phobia, Depression, etc.

In a normal scenario you may be an effective communicator. However, you may all of a sudden fumble in front of the audience when it comes to public speaking. That means Stage Fear is your psychological barrier.

  1. Emotional Barriers

The Emotional Quotient of a person determines the comfort with which he/she can communicate. The individual who is emotionally strong and mature will be an effective communicator.

However, those allow their emotions to ruin their inner peace will face difficulty in communicating. Emotions like Anger, Humour, Frustration, Jealousy can affect communication skills badly.

  1. Physical Barriers

This barrier is an outdated barrier as this barrier involves the distance between the sender and the receiver of the message.

That means nowadays it happens in a very rare situation as distance does not matter in this era of technology.

  1. Cultural Barriers

In almost any part of the world, we have cultural diversity. When culture changes, basic values of the society changes and that leads to barrier in communication.

  1. Organisational Structure Barriers

Communication process most of the time is difficult in many organizations. As their structure is complex involving several layers of management.

  1. Attitude Barriers

When some person is in an attitude of not receiving at all, in that case, if even you make 100% effective communication, then also you would not be able to make your point.

  1. Perception Barriers

Every person has his own way of perceiving things. This fact must be considered during the communication process.

Hence, sound knowledge of the perception levels of the audience is very much crucial to take into account while you are communicating.

  1. Technological Barriers

As we very well know that the technology is developing fast and as a result, it becomes difficult to keep up with the newest developments and disruptions. In addition to this, the cost of technology is sometimes very high.

  1. Personal Barriers

These sorts of barriers are the most complex to deal with as these are related to your personal issues with the communicator.

Jealousy, social values, inferiority complex, bias are some of them to tackle with.


Now, the above mentioned is the exhaustive list of barriers to effective communication.

In order to make your communication effective, you need to overcome these barriers.

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Try out all the barriers one by one and apply on yourself.

Then try to eliminate or minimize these barriers to make an impact on your communication.


By developing your “Emotional Quotient” you will naturally become more aware of how to communicate with others in the most appropriate and effective ways.


I hope, this helps you to become a good and effective communicator.


What do you think about it, Please comment in the section below.

For further queries, feel free to drop an email to me directly at [email protected]


Love & Respect!

Ankit Ravindra Jain

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    1. ankitravindrajain Post author

      Thanks a ton for liking my work. I am doing a series of blog posts on communication. Any sort of feedback is welcomed.
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    1. ankitravindrajain Post author

      Thanks a ton for liking my work. I am doing a series of blog posts on communication. So, definitely there will be a part two very soon.
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    2. ankitravindrajain Post author

      Thanks a ton for the appreciation. Definitely there is the next part to it. I am planning to start a full series of blog on effective communication. Stay Tuned!
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      Ankit Ravindra Jain

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