Sunday, July 15, 2012

Communication and Cultural Diversity

So far, I have gained a lot of knowledge when it comes to communication. I am only in week three, but feel I have gotten a great introduction to the world of communication. I did not think I would enjoy this course--I am somewhat shy and communicating with others is a work in progress--but I am really enjoying this course. I see what I need to work on and what I am good at (in terms of communicating).

I do find myself communicating differently with people from different groups/cultures. I think we all do to some extent. When I talk with someone of a different sexual orientation I am more aware of what I say. I try to stay neutral in topic--as not to offend anyone. Same thing for different races. I am more aware of what I say because offending someone unintentionally would really hurt myself and others. When I go back to work, I am going to listen to my preschool families and co-workers. I am going to see if they change their type of communication when speaking with other cultures and groups.

Three strategies to help me communicate more effectively:
Becoming more aware of the different cultures and their communication strategies.
Don't assume communication styles based on appearance.
Truly listen to the person without assumptions or bias. You can learn a lot about communication when you truly listen.


Tammie said...

Hi, it is really good that you aware of difference and how to communicate with groups and cultures that are different from your own. I am also enjoying the course because I have learned so much in a short period of time. Sometimes when we speak and not listen carefully to what another person is saying we can respond in a very inappropriate way which can be offensive. I have learned to listen, respect and choose my words wisely when communicating with someone of the same or different culture or group. I enjoyed reading your post.

tmoruri said...

You hit on one of my areas of weakness though I am getting better. Sadly, I have to say that one of my issues was communicating with people based on my own perceptions of the person. I, too, have learned a lot in our three short weeks. The textbook is actually more interesting than it should be.

Jamie Reid said...

I think that it is excellent that you are aware of how you communicate differently with different groups. I have learned a lot from this course as well. Surprisingly, it has been one of the most interesting classes so far in the program. Thank you for sharing!

Jamie Reid