How to Overcome Barriers in Team Communication

Written by joey papa
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Overcoming barriers in team communication requires taking a step back and properly assessing the reason for the barriers and implementing an action plan to overcome areas of difficulty. Team communication can be complicated because you're dealing with different people, personalities and communication styles. Some of the most common barriers in team communication are lack of understanding, lack of team unity and lack of motivation. Every person in the team directly affects the other members of the team. Maintaining unity and high morale among every member of a team is essential for successful communication.

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    Gather Feedback

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    Conduct personal interviews that are designed to discover areas of difficulty and challenges for the team. Assign a time to meet with each individual to understand their personal opinions and experiences in the team. Ask detailed and pointed questions about communication barriers.

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    Create focus groups that enable the members of your team to vocalise their opinions, concerns and achievements. Assign a focus group leader and a note taker. Provide questions for the leader to ask the group. The questions should be designed to provoke honesty and evaluation. Have the note taker record the main points of the discussion.

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    Develop a survey and require each of your team members to participate anonymously. Create around 20 statements on the survey that participants will rate on a scale from one to 10, one being strongly disagree and 10 being strongly agree. Gather the data from the surveys and assess the areas of strength and weakness within the team.

    Identify and Implement Change

  1. 1

    Identify the barriers and name them. Discuss the barriers your team is dealing with.

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    Develop an action plan to overcome the identified communication barriers in the team. Some barriers may be misunderstandings, lack of vision and direction or lack of unity. Think of creative ways to address and implement change in these particular areas.

  3. 3

    Gather the team and discuss your findings, your reactions and the plan for change. Detail the action plan and cast a new vision of hope and determination. Empower your team members to believe in their abilities so they desire change as much as you do.

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