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3 Tips to Improve Your Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
« on: June 11, 2013, 04:36:35 PM »

If you’ve ever visited a foreign country you’ve probably experienced trying to communicate but feeling like the wires were crossed and the messages weren’t getting through. Learn three easy ways of how you can improve your cross-cultural communication skills.
 
Know Yourself
A knowledge of self and behavior patterns are critical to effective cross-cultural communication.
Each of us has a personal culture. Often in North America, a person’s identity is centered on “I”.
The culture of “me” is the biggest cause of rifts between relationships. When two cultural entities meet the natural reaction is defensive.
Recognizing your personal triggers improves your cross-cultural communication.  If you can recognize emotions, you can manage them. If not, you may try to push your values system on someone else.
Be Aware of Differences in Personal Space
Personal space is an important issue in communication. When someone enters your personal space you get a brain freeze and tune out – this is where miscommunication can occur. [Try it out: Have a conversation with someone and step closer and closer together. How difficult is it to maintain the chat?]
In Canada, our personal “bubble” is about one arm length (elbow to finger). However, in many other countries, personal space is much closer.
When speaking with someone from another culture and they enter your bubble, acknowledge your emotions so you can deal with it and move on. Recognize that the “affront” to your personal space was not intentional, but simply what the other person is used to.
Don’t Be Afraid of … Pauses in Conversation
Every language has a cadence. This is one of the most difficult things to learn about a language and usually takes about a generation to master.
Using large pauses is not typical in Canadian cadence, but in many cultures this is standard. In fact, if you don’t pause and reflect before answering it’s seen as rude and disrespectful.
This point is especially important when interviewing candidates from another culture. Keep in mind that when the person pauses it’s not because they don’t know the answer, but that they are used to reflecting before responding.

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Re: 3 Tips to Improve Your Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2013, 08:15:39 AM »
These will be really really helpful for the people who are engaged with the international business activities.

With best regards
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Re: 3 Tips to Improve Your Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2013, 11:14:27 PM »
really helpful.

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Re: 3 Tips to Improve Your Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2013, 12:36:14 PM »
Good post...
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Re: 3 Tips to Improve Your Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2013, 12:21:00 AM »
Thanks for the post. I have seen people struggling to communicate in abroad. Much needed topic to be discussed awaiting more elaboration and research.
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Department of English
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Daffodil Int. University

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Re: 3 Tips to Improve Your Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2013, 11:34:12 AM »
Nice post....
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Re: 3 Tips to Improve Your Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2013, 04:14:35 PM »
well, as i'm a lecturer in marketing, i must say watching TVCs can help to learn about cross cultural aspects prevailing around the world.

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Re: 3 Tips to Improve Your Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2013, 02:13:57 PM »
I am a lecturer of JMC. You can find thousands of articles and researches in internet.
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Re: 3 Tips to Improve Your Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2013, 02:18:25 PM »
I things its Greatly helpful for all......
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Re: 3 Tips to Improve Your Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2013, 06:50:22 PM »
Thanks all for their valuable comments.

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Re: 3 Tips to Improve Your Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2013, 06:54:35 PM »
we start our day with communication and we finish our day with communication. So, communication is badly of needed irrespective of all the people.

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Re: 3 Tips to Improve Your Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2014, 03:08:51 PM »
Cross -cultural communication skills help the manager to effectively manage the diversified human resources in the organization.

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« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2014, 03:56:53 PM »
Today is the age of globalization. The involvement of international business is increasing rapidly. So , it essential to obtain cross-cultural management skill.

Cross-cultural management skills imply understanding the impacts of cultural factors, cultural diversity and flexibility in adapting other culture.

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Re: 3 Tips to Improve Your Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2014, 03:59:05 PM »
These 3 tips will improve cross-cultural communication skill of a manager.

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Re: 3 Tips to Improve Your Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2014, 04:02:41 PM »
If you want to sell your talent to prospective employers then you need to enhance your communication skills.