Improving Personal and Organizational Communications


ImprovingPersonal and Organizational Communications

ImprovingPersonal and Organizational Communications

Ina recent argument at work, I realized that there were variouscommunication barriers. During an argument with a workmate, I noticedthat communication filters such as emotions, attitude, languageculture and use of semantics affected our conversation. My workmatehas an accent considering that he comes from a foreign country. SinceI could not understand his accent, I had to repeat his message everytime. Also, I made fun of some words that he could not pronouncefluently in English. I noticed that I had a negative attitude towardshis accent. My language culture was local and was difficult for myfriend to understand (Hogan &amp Stubbs, 2003). My friend becameangry since I could not understand his accent and also because Iassumed he could understand the semantics I used.

Afterevaluating my previous conversation with my friend, I concluded thatthe communication barriers negatively affected our conversation andlearned how to eliminate the barriers in future. I learned that whendealing with a person from a different background, you should not usesemantics since it might be unfamiliar to the other person. It isalso advisable to learn different language culture to understand thebehavior and values of various people. You should also learn todevelop a positive attitude towards other people’s accent. Learningto be sensitive towards other people’s perspective creates betterrelationships (Hogan &amp Stubbs, 2003). You should actively searchand listen other people’s needs and desires and incorporate theminto your conversation. It is always critical to be careful in yourfeedback so as to avoid provoking other people’s emotions. If oneparty becomes emotional, the message intended will not be clear andwill affect communication.


Hogan,K., &amp Stubbs, R. (2003). Can’tget through: Eight barriers to effective communication. Pelican publishing company.