52 Activities for Improving Cross-Cultural Communication: by Donna M. Stringer

By Donna M. Stringer

Communication types and styles fluctuate tremendously between humans from diversified cultures. each tradition has a "communication variety norm" and whilst that variety mixes with one other, stereotypes and misperceptions come up. fifty two actions for bettering Cross-Cultural communique explores cross-cultural conversation matters with an eye fixed towards expanding figuring out and effectiveness.

fifty two actions for bettering Cross-Cultural conversation is a pragmatic trainer's handbook that incorporates purposes from many sectors, similar to enterprise, variety, cross-cultural fields, and from many running shoes within the united states, Europe, Asia, the center East and Latin the United States. routines are equipped in keeping with viewers, time required to accomplish and the chance point for members, a distinct characteristic created through the authors, and are simply adaptable to the user's specific desire and state of affairs. the various routines are written with directions that deal with standards for a particular viewers (e.g., gender or generation). there's something for everybody: those that like hands-on, functional actions; those that want experiential routines; and people who research most sensible via mirrored image.

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Learning new codes is difficult. Ask about gestures within the cultural context to avoid miscommunication. Optional way to conduct the exercise: In step 5 each group selects a delegate to go and dialogue with a different group. Each group receives a “foreigner” who begins the dialogue with one of the group members. Others in the group are observers. The subgroup can then try to figure out what happened before the whole group debriefs. Adapted from an activity by Peter Isackson, International Communication for Business Management (ICBM), Paris, France.

Each contributed about 15 percent of the actual day-to-day work on the project. Person E is a very high-status and wealthy person in the organization and in the community. Although he did not engage in any of the day-to-day work on the road construction project and did not write the proposal for funding, it is known within the organization that he called upon his connections and used his influence so that the original $800,000 contract would go to the company. Person F is a contributor much like B, C, and D.

Tell a family member you are not going to a cousin’s wedding. Apologize for taking a week to respond to an e-mail. Apologize to a friend for forgetting you had dinner plans and you have now made another commitment. 16. Give someone feedback about how their performance could be improved. 17. Tell someone that something they said offended you. Reprinted with slight adaptation and permission from Dianne Hofner Saphiere, Barbara Kappler Mikk, and Basma Ibrahim DeVries, Communication Highwire: Leveraging the Power of Diverse Communication Styles, Intercultural Press, 2005, Activity 20, pages 233–235.

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