Table 1

 Summary of communication events recorded and classification of communication failures

*Because a single communication event could be classified within more than one category of rhetorical failure, numbers add up to more than 100%.
Communication events recorded (n)421
Communication events classified as communication failures (% of total events)129 (30.6)
Communication failures by type (% of total of communication failures)*
    Occasion59 (45.7)
    Content46 (35.7)
    Purpose31 (24.0)
    Audience27 (20.9)