Business Communication Barriers

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Perhaps the largest contributor to success in the business world stems directly from communication. However, the same is also true of failure in business. If you fumble a presentation to a potential client, you may very well never see them again. While in other fields trial and error will help you succeed, it is much more difficult to come back from a botched meeting. That is why it is important to identify the barriers in communication. What practices in communication cause miscommunication or bad first impressions? In this paper, we will take a closer look at the 6 major barriers to effective business communication.


Cliché. A cliché refers to a phrase or illustration that, through extreme overuse, has lost its power. The general reaction to a cliché is a visible or internal “eye roll.” The use of clichés tends to signal the audience that you were too lazy to come up with something original. This may result in a loss of your audience’s attention and your credibility (McLean, 2010). For example, when I was in high school, my friend and I wrote a series of plays that we would perform for the class. Each utilized the same characters, but with a different premise for each play. The first play we performed was a hit. Teachers had us perform in many different classrooms, and all the students loved it. The same happened with our second play. However, another of my classmates decided to write her own play using our characters. By then however, the
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