Barriers to Listening

816 WordsAug 12, 20114 Pages
Barriers to listening A pointed out earlier, listening is not easy and there are a number of obstacles that stand in the way of effective listening, both within outside the workplace. These barriers may be categorized as follows. 1. Physiological Barriers: - some people may have genuine hearing problems or deficiencies that prevent them from listening properly. Once detected, date and generally be treated. Some people may have difficulties in processing information, or memory related problem which make them poor listeners. Another physiological barrier is rapid though. Listeners have the ability to process information at the rate of approximately 500 words per minute, where as speaker talk at around 120 words per minute. Since…show more content…
Women are more likely to listen for the emotion behind a speaker’s words, when men listen more for the facts and the content. Example :- a salespersons giving a demonstration of a new type of office equipment may be asked by two colleagues if the equipment will work without ant problem and respond by saying “Sure.” A male user may take his at face value, where as the female user may detect some hesitation in his voice. This is because the male user listen for the content of the message, where as the female user listen for the tone of the message. 7. Lack of Training :- listening is not an inborn skill. People are not born good listeners. They have to develop the art of listening through practice and training. Lack of training in listing skills is an important barrier to listing, in the Indian Context. 8 Bad Listening Habits :- Most people are very average listeners who have developed poor listening habits that are hard to said and that act as barriers to listening. For example, some people have the habits of “faking” attention, or trying to look like a listeners, in order to impress the speaker and to assure him that they are paying attention. Others may tend to listen to each and every fact and, as a result, mis out on the main
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