Let us create a 3D eBook for you!
Let us create a 3d Digital eBook for you! DigyCat.com

Ten Tips for Cross Cultural Communication


Here are some simple tips to help you improve your cross cultural communication skills:

Slow Down

Even when English is the common language in a cross cultural situation, this does not mean you should speak at normal speed. Slow down, speak clearly and ensure your pronunciation is intelligible.

Separate Questions

Try not to ask double questions such as, "Do you want to carry on or shall we stop here?" In a cross cultural situation only the first or second question may have been comprehended. Let your listener answer one question at a time.

Avoid Negative Questions

Many cross cultural communication misunderstandings have been caused by the use of negative questions and answers. In English we answer 'yes' if the answer is affirmative and 'no' if it is negative. In other cultures a 'yes' or 'no' may only be indicating whether the questioner is right or wrong. For example, the response to "Are you not coming?" may be 'yes', meaning 'Yes, I am not coming.'

Take Turns

Cross cultural communication is enhanced through taking turns to talk, making a point and then listening to the response.

Write it Down

If you are unsure whether something has been understood write it down and check. This can be useful when using large figures. For example, a billion in the USA is 1,000,000,000,000 while in the UK it is 1,000,000,000.

Be Supportive

Effective cross cultural communication is in essence about being comfortable. Giving encouragement to those with weak English gives them confidence, support and a trust in you.

Check Meanings

When communicating across cultures never assume the other party has understood. Be an active listener. Summarise what has been said in order to verify it. This is a very effective way of ensuring accurate cross cultural communication has taken place.

Avoid Slang

Even the most well educated foreigner will not have a complete knowledge of slang, idioms and sayings. The danger is that the words will be understood but the meaning missed.


Watch the humour

In many cultures business is taken very seriously. Professionalism and protocol are constantly observed. Many cultures will not appreciate the use of humour and jokes in the business context. When using humour think whether it will be understood in the other culture. For example, British sarcasm usually has a negative effect abroad.

Maintain Etiquette

Many cultures have certain etiquette when communicating. It is always a good idea to undertake some cross cultural awareness training or at least do some research on the target culture.


Cross cultural communication is about dealing with people from other cultures in a way that minimises misunderstandings and maximises your potential to create strong cross cultural relationships. The above tips should be seen as a starting point to greater cross cultural awareness.

For more information on cross cultural communication training please visit http://www.kwintessential.co.uk

Neil Payne is Director of London based consultancy http://www.kwintessential.co.uk


MORE RESOURCES:

Top 10 Tips - Google News

This RSS feed URL is deprecated

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Huawei Mate 10 Pro tips and tricks to turn you into a professional - Digital Trends


Digital Trends

Huawei Mate 10 Pro tips and tricks to turn you into a professional
Digital Trends
You'll also find the latest version of Android 8.0 Oreo on board, over Huawei's own EMUI 8.0 Android “skin.” You can check out our Android 8.0 Oreo tips and tricks guide for new features in the latest operating system version, but here are our Mate 10 ...

and more »

Secrets of success from the 10 Top Places to Work all-stars - The Boston Globe


The Boston Globe

Secrets of success from the 10 Top Places to Work all-stars
The Boston Globe
And in honor of our 10th survey, in addition to presenting our usual rankings, we set out to find these overachievers' secrets of success. With apologies to author Stephen Covey, here are five highly effective habits of our most honored Top Places to Work.

Lineage 2: Revolution: Top 10 Tips & Cheats You Need to Know - Heavy.com


Heavy.com

Lineage 2: Revolution: Top 10 Tips & Cheats You Need to Know
Heavy.com
You can acquire runes at the Tower of Insolence, which are essential to character growth. Auto-Clear is an easy way to acquire a lot of runes at once. Even if you don't get a chance to climb to the top of the tower, you should at least use Auto-Clear ...

and more »

Lightspeed's top 10 tips this Christmas - Retail Gazette (blog)


Retail Gazette (blog)

Lightspeed's top 10 tips this Christmas
Retail Gazette (blog)
Christmas is fast approaching and people across the UK are preparing to loosen their belts, and their purse strings. With retail sales hitting £77.6 million in the Christmas period last year, there's no wonder why it's called the “golden quarter”. To ...

Top 10 tips on how to chose the best high school - The Philadelphia Tribune


The Philadelphia Tribune

Top 10 tips on how to chose the best high school
The Philadelphia Tribune
Teachers are to schools what engines are to cars. Many aspects of a school are fundamental; others are luxuries. But teachers can make or break a child's natural curiosity. Their passion for learning provides the spark to ignite young minds. So first ...

and more »

The 10 most useful things you can do in Excel - Business Insider


Business Insider

The 10 most useful things you can do in Excel
Business Insider
... grouped up and consolidated the emerging features, and applied a scoring methodology and index to produce a definitive ordered list of the 100 most useful Excel features, hacks, tips and tricks. These are the top 10 Excel tips as determined by our ...

Top 10 iPhone X Tips and Tricks: Reachability, Face ID ... - Mac Rumors


Mac Rumors

Top 10 iPhone X Tips and Tricks: Reachability, Face ID ...
Mac Rumors
The iPhone X is the first new iPhone design Apple has introduced since 2014, and the most radical redesign since the iPhone first debuted in 2007. ...

and more »

Top 10 tips for driving on Alabama's winter roads - whnt.com


whnt.com

Top 10 tips for driving on Alabama's winter roads
whnt.com
Winter driving can be daunting the first time you head into the snow. Preparing your vehicle for a winter road trip is a vital way to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Below we have compiled the top 10 winter driving tips to give you a safe ...

and more »

Top 10 Tips on Solid State Storage Adoption Strategy - Enterprise Storage Forum


Top 10 Tips on Solid State Storage Adoption Strategy
Enterprise Storage Forum
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to eke out more value from older storage hardware. This article offers tips on how to achieve that, advice on what to run on the newest all-flash arrays, how best to make the transition to an all-flash (or ...

LargeFriends.com - the best dating site for plus-sized singles!
SuccessfulMatchCentral.com - the best dating site for plus-sized singles!

PreLaunchX

YourFree.biz Domain Is For Sale - $5,000 For Enquiries eMail Us

© www.YourFree.biz 2012

home | site map | links