Body language Barriers to Communication

Body language is the way you act in certain situations in terms of your body. For example if you are not stood upright, if you lean back in a chair when people are talking to you and so on.

One body language communication barrier is not keeping eye contact with someone who is talking to you. If you do not keep eye contact with someone who is talking to you they may get annoyed with you as you will look like you are not listening. This is because you will be looking elsewhere at your surroundings and not focusing on the person trying to have a conversation with you. You will appear to the person speaking to you as if you are daydreaming and not focused on what is being said. This could cause you to misunderstand information covered in the conversation which might cause you problems later on, especially if the information was instructions on how to complete a task. To overcome this communication barrier you should keep eye contact with the person talking to you at all times. This way you will be focused on what they are saying and therefore prevent any risk of misunderstanding, therefore, achieving clear and effective communication.

Another body language communication barrier is slouching. For example, you may not be sat upright in a chair and instead laid back as if you are going to go to sleep. This does not give off a good impression to someone who is talking to you as it makes you look like you are not interested at all in what they are saying and would rather go to sleep. This also shows closed body language, closed body language is when you shut yourself off and appear unapproachable, and you look like you don’t want to be talked to.  This could cause the person speaking to you to get angry and not finish telling you what they have to say, therefore, preventing effective communication. To overcome this communication barrier and resolve effective communication once more you could sit upright, look as if you’re interested even if you’re not. This way you will give open body language, showing that you are open to conversation and ready to listen to what has to be said. You will also give off a good first impression; this would be helpful during a job interview with a company, Hewlett and Packard for example.

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