“How You See Me”: the Intersection of Culture and Interpersonal Communication
A wide deﬁnition of diversity that includes race, ethnicity, gender, religion,learning styles and language, disability, geography (e.g., rural) isnecessary and vital in order to force thoughts beyond those simply concerning race and/or gender.
Whereas, a mechanic in a small town would not be challenged everyday to participate in intercultural communication, but that is not to say that the need would never occur. After this is established one must ask, which communication skills am I most lacking? This question encourages individuals to consider where they need to improve. If the mechanic decides to begin an online auto parts store he must consider that improving his computer-mediated and intercultural communication need to be improved. Individuals should constantly assess their skills and see where they are lacking. Now that it is understood where improvement is needed one must find how to get communication practice. If the mechanic decides to join an online forum for international entrepreneurs he would be seeking practice for improving the skills of where he realizes a need for improvement. There are several ways through formal schooling, internet and even practicing at the mall to improve communication skills. If one needs extra practice they must find where to get help. This question goes hand and hand with seeking practice. When engaging people during practice, if one explains that they need help, they will find it. Through networking the possibility exist to engage in new forms of communication but also to ask for advice. Once all of these questions have been answered a realistic time table should be set. It is an outline to follow for improvement. The outline provides practical guidance for improvement even though one must consider improvement can only be attained through practice and improving communication skills never stops. In conclusion, everyday individuals communicate with one another. Whether it is verbal or non-verbal it is taking place. Because communication plays such a large role in our life it is imperative improve the skills that make it effective. Only through understanding the principles and misconceptions in effective interpersonal communications and knowing the barriers to effective interpersonal interactions. Along with the ability to assess one’s personal communications and improve their communication competencies; can we greatly increase our ability to effectively communicate. Even with these skills it is important to remember that learning and improvement is continues. We must use every day, every interaction as an opportunity to practice. In turn, this will stimulate happiness, effectiveness and satisfaction in our personal and professional life.
Moreover, by contacting all of the company’s employees, a random sampling method would be used, improving survey results. Furthermore, in order to perform an in-depth study of the topic, more companies may be included in the research, preferably from the same industry and with a similar size, gathering more insights from a broader range of participants. This would allow to compare answers from different companies and assess the real impact of corporate culture on employees’ behavior and communication.
To this end, this essay presents an overview of the state of the intercultural communication discipline. The purpose of this essay is three fold: first, it reviews where we have been as a discipline; second it discusses where we are going as a discipline, with a focus on how researchers are increasingly borrowing constructs and theories from other disciplines; and third it identifies key issues, challenges, and opportunities in intercultural communication.
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