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.

3 comments:

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...

Rebekah,
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...

Rebekah,
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