5 Most Common Communication Mistakes

Have you ever had an argument with someone who misunderstood what you said?
Have you accidentally hurt somebody’s feelings by not understanding their point of view? 

These types of issues can be avoided…

We can avoid them if we learn more about the most common communication mistakes people make.


So let’s dive into the world of communication mistakes:


Common Misunderstandings

One of the most common communication mistakes is not taking into account different perspectives or viewpoints on a particular subject. We may think that everyone holds the same values as us, or shares similar opinions; however, this isn’t always the case. 

Taking time to consider all sides of an issue is essential if you want your message to be heard clearly. 

Additionally, remember that no two people are ever going to agree completely – there will always be some differences between individuals!

Instead of relying on assumptions or leaving things open-ended, try getting straight to the point and providing lots of detail where necessary. This way, both parties will come away feeling satisfied with the conversation they’ve just had.


Using Too Much Jargon

It’s important to remember that not everyone is as knowledgeable about a certain subject as you might be – so it pays to keep it simple. 

Instead of trying to impress someone by showing off your vocabulary, try explaining things in terms they can understand.
Speak slowly and clearly, use analogies if needed, and avoid technical language whenever possible. Doing this will help ensure smoother communication between yourself and whoever you’re speaking with.


Failing To Listen

Failing to listen is a very common communication mistake. It’s so easy for us to get caught up in our own thoughts and opinions that we forget the other person even has something to say. 

To truly understand what someone else is trying to tell you, it’s essential to make an effort to listen more than talk.


Here are 3 tips on how to do this:

1) Maintain eye contact – When you’re talking with someone, look them in the eyes as they explain their point of view. This will show that you value their opinion and want to hear what they have to say.

2) Ask questions – Asking thoughtful questions can help both parties better understand one another’s points of view. Plus, it gives the speaker an opportunity to expand upon his or her ideas if necessary.

3) Avoid making assumptions – Don’t jump to conclusions without knowing all the facts first! Take your time when listening and try not to think about what you’re going to say next until after you’ve heard everything the other person has said.


Listening intently shows respect towards others’ ideas and demonstrates that your conversation partner matters enough for you to take the time out of your day just to pay attention. 

Without proper listening skills, conversations tend to become one-sided and unproductive which makes everyone involved feel frustrated and unheard. 


Speaking Without Thinking

It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and forget that our words carry weight, especially when we’re discussing something important or sensitive. 

When we don’t think before speaking, it can often lead to misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and even arguments.

To avoid this issue, here are some tips for avoiding this common communication mistake:

  • Take your time – Don’t rush into conversations without taking a few moments to consider what you want to say.
  • Listen carefully – Make sure you fully understand the conversation before responding.
  • Ask questions – If there is something unclear, ask questions instead of making assumptions about what was meant by the speaker.
  • Think before you speak – Consider how your words will affect others and if necessary take a few moments for reflection before speaking out.

When we take these steps, we can ensure that our words are thoughtful and meaningful rather than careless and misunderstood. This helps us strengthen relationships with those around us and foster more productive dialogue between all involved parties.


Neglecting Non-Verbal Communication

When I communicate with people, I make sure that my body language reflects the message I am trying to convey. 

If someone is speaking too loudly, for example, instead of just telling them to lower their voice, I might gently put my finger up to my lips in an effort to be polite while still getting my point across. 

Similarly, when delivering bad news – such as a colleague being laid off – it may not feel right simply saying “I have some bad news…” without showing any empathy through softening facial expressions or gentle hand gestures.

Non-verbal communication can often seem subtle; however, its absence has far-reaching implications for how our messages are received by others. 


Without these vital components, conversations become monologues that only serve to create misunderstandings and diminish the impact of our words. 

Please remember that no two people communicate exactly alike – there will always be variations depending on context and culture. As humans, it is up to us to bridge this gap through empathy and constructive dialogue. 

With practice comes better understanding – both between ourselves and those around us!


Till then,

Stay Awesome. Stay Productive.


– Divas Gupta

By divasgupta   |   April 11, 2023

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