May 8, 2015
Diversity in Groups
Intercultural communication is a form of communication that aims to share information across different cultures as well as social groups. It’s used to describe the wide range of communication processes and problems that naturally within a group or socially that’s made up people from different backgrounds like religious, ethnicity, social and their education. Some refer it to communicating among individuals from different nationalities. It is a way to understand how people from different countries and cultures will act, communicate and absorb the world around them. Many people argue how the different cultures take the individuals messages, transmit and how they interpret the messages.
With the increased globalization of workplace settings across most industries, manager’s today need a more precise understanding of intercultural communication to have an effective strategy to manage properly. It’s important that they proactively engage in communication skills and make the necessary adjustments to address the current needs in today’s diverse work environment. When doing so it is important to have a plan, know the team you are working with and do your research on how you will go with your plan.
The differences in verbal and nonverbal are impacted wherever you in, whether it’s a local restaurant or a different country. At times in restaurants they don’t always speak our language and understand very little, so it comes down to pointing at what you want in the menu and nodding. The good thing is that in the states everyone speaks English. Say you go to a different country, how are you going to get around if you don’t speak their language, it will be a challenge. We may think nonverbal is universal, but it’s not. Every culture interprets body language different, gestures, posture and vocal noises. Like I mentioned above that you will nod to either say yes or no in a restaurant, it may have...
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