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Communicating With Different Cultures

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Communicating with Different Cultures

Communicating with different cultures can be a difficult task. All of our cultures have a distinct set of beliefs, customs, and rules. We may not be aware that we relate to each culture differently because of personal biases and stereotyping that has been embedded is us from birth. We react in a subconscious manner based on beliefs about that particular culture(O‘Hair, D., Wiemann, M., Mullin, D. I., & Teven, J. (2015)

The challenge for communication should be addressed because of our diverse society in the classroom and workplace. We are all products of our individual culture. We respond to cultures differently, because we are different. It is important to recognize our similarities and differences with respect to our cultural beliefs and customs.

I am aware that that I communicate with special needs community with more compassion than others. My tone and understanding are different when I am speaking to them. I tend to use more gestures and body language. I am more direct and precise when speaking to my co-workers. I think I am more polished and probing when I communicate in the political arena. When I am addressing parents, I tend to speak in an empathetic manner, always trying to show support and remain professional.

Here are some strategies I use to help me communicate more effectively.

  • Watch for non-verbal cues: This is very important to ensure effective communication with your audience. Often times we can get cues from the group we are communicating with by body language and gestures. A nod can mean that we are communicating with each other and ensuring a sense of agreement.

  • Be honest and open-minded with the audience: The audience will respect you if you are open-minded to their opinions and do not come off as a know it all. Communicating can be a difficult for the best communicators. Respect your audience as contributors not the enemy (O’Hair, D., Wiemann, M., Mullin, D. I., & Teven, J. (2015)

  • Check for understanding and feedback: Give your audience a chance to ask questions for clarity. Sometimes we think the audience understand everything we have communicated, but this simply is not true. An effective communicator will seek for understanding of subject matter. In the end allow time for positive and improved feedback. An effective communicator will want to know how they can improve. This can be done in written form or oral.

    Although communication can be difficult at times (especially, when we are focused on using the Platinum Rule). There are numerous strategies that can be demonstrated in effective communication that can make many of us great communicators. It takes time and a lot of practice. I am elated to know it is an attainable goal. A great communicators will excel in life and will most likely improve the life of others. One of my personal goal in life is to be an effective communicator.

    Reference:

  • O’Hair, D., Wiemann, M., Mullin, D. I., & Teven, J. (2015). Real communication (3rd. ed). New

    York: Bedford/St.Martins

     

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Communication Style and Skills

Communication Skills and Styles

The characters relationships appear to be  non-agreeable and oppositional. The characters appear not to like each other at all. I see pounding on the podiums and tables with fists. I observed rapid eye movement and eye rolling. I see the characters looking around and turning their backs on the communicators. Some characters looking at their watches and on the floor. Some characters are smiling, others are laughing really hard, and some are frowning. Some characters were shaking their heads in a No! No! Manner. Some characters seemed agitated.

I was watching a debate between a mayor and city councilmen. The debate was over an increase in the customer’s city’s electric bill. I assumed that all the characters truly believed in what they were communicating. They are firm believer in their plot. Some of the characters were in agreement about the issue being debated and some were not.

The nonverbal and verbal cues were strong as the community shared their opinions and oppositions to the rate increase and the councilmen suggested that all customers cut back on the usage. The community leaders could not believe the mayor and councilmen wanted them to cut back and increase their monthly rates. I assumed the community leaders felt they had valid reasons to roll their eyes and become agitated.

My assumptions would have been the same if I had known the characters in the debate. Nonverbal communication is ambiguous (O’Hair D., Wiemann, M., Mullin, D. I., & Teven, J.  (2015). Uncontrollable eye movements, changes in speech, and body language are all very strong nonverbal cues when communication is taking places. I hope my colleagues will focus on the fact that ,”Nonverbal cues are used to manages the impression and regulate interactions of communication in a variety of relationships and situations.”(O’Hair, D., Wiemann, M., Mullin, D. I., & Teven, J.  (2015).

Reference

O’Hair, D., Wiemann, M., Mullin, D. I., & Teven, J. (2015). Real communication. (3rd. ed). New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

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A Competent Communicator

  •                                      President Obama at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem on Thursday (Jan. 19 ...

I have chosen President Barack Obama as my model representing an effective communicator. Read on as I express why I have chosen him. When I listen to President Obama deliver any message, I do not just hear just words. I watch “body language.” I see penetrating eyes, conviction, confidence, knowledgeable, and a sense of belief in his articulation of the subject matter. I think President Obama is a competent communicator because he possesses skills that conveys a message that is filled with authority, sincerity and promise in his delivery. These are only a few characteristics of an effective communicator that I one day want to possess.

President Obama connects with the audience. When he speaks he gets the attention of the audience in a manner that he is speaking to each person individually .He know the appropriate time to use humor to address delicate and serious topics.  His eloquent speaking skills along with his wit and being able to relate to the audience is what made him go from an unknown to someone that the public could not get enough of. He has raised the bar for future presidents that run for office.

Many people want to know why President Barack Obama is such a competent communicator.  I think it comes naturally and he is comfortable speaking, therefore he is able to communicate his message and be more persuasive. This is where practice with speaking in general, and the speech in particular, will be most effective. Confidence and belief in the message will come across as convincing. The only way to develop confidence in speaking is to practice at every opportunity. I get very nervous when it is time to speak in public.

I want to emulate President Obama speaking skills. I have learned some significant speaking tips by watching President Barack Obama speak. He is always very familiar with the content of each speech and committed to the message. He shows no sign of doubt that what he is speaking about is the most important thing at the time. The tactics he uses make him seem approachable, real, and believable. A good speaker will come across as very trustworthy. His speeches always start with a friendly joke, often about an on the spot observation. Once he has the crowd in a good mood, he then can make his points and defend them. I try to remember the tactics when speaking to an audience.

Those who are comfortable speaking will be able to better communicate their message and be more persuasive. This is where practice with speaking in general, and the speech in particular, will be most effective. Confidence and belief in the message will come across as convincing. The only way to develop confidence in speaking is to practice at every opportunity. Putting political views aside, it will be hard for anyone to win the presidency over Obama because there is no candidate thus far that has his speaking skills in my opinion.

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