Introduction Cross Cultural CommunicationCommunication is a significant part of day-to-day life of any individual. The success of any business enterprises depends largely on the communications competence embraced by the enterprise. It is therefore important that any organization that deals with other external organizations learn to communicate with them. The process of communication, however, is complex if the people involved are of deferent cultures and nationalities. It is therefore important to understand the dynamic of this type of communication. These dynamics of any intercultural communication that should be taken into account include the factors discoursed below.
This includes a close study and analysis of the cultural background of the other party. DiscussionMoreover, the pace and style of communication should be considered if the communication is to be successful. Trust is important for the success of any communication and therefore those involved should endeavor to build such trust with their counterparts in the process of communication. In cases where language is a barrier, very experienced, trusted, and skilled communicators should be employed. Patience and tolerance to the culture of other people is also important in the success of any cross-cultural communication (Guy, & Mattock, 1991, p. 51). Difference in culture has a significant influence on effectiveness of communication among deferent groups of people.
Different cultures have different decision-making approach, communication styles, business etiquette, as well as acceptable cultural protocol. This paper aims at bringing out the effect of culture in communication among groups of people or companies from deferent cultures. It will focus particularly on the importance of assessing and analyzing deferent cultures before commencing any intercultural communication in either business or other social aspects (Cardon, & Scott, 2003, p. 44).
Moreover, the paper will highlight the importance of any intercultural negotiator to be trained in inter cultural communication order to develop desirability to achieve cultural synergy. International negotiations refer to the process of seeking agreement between people of varying nationalities by use of dialogue on an agenda that is agreed. In any process of communication, a phrase or word that means something in one culture may mean a very deferent thing in another culture. Moreover, a show of politeness in one culture may be misinterpreted in another culture to show rudeness and disrespect.
The receiver does not get the idea being communicated but rather the meaning or code attached to the exact words that the speaker used (Kameda, 2001, p. 12). Any person who intends to be effective in cross-cultural communication must endeavor to develop certain skills to that that effect. The person should have proper listening skills. He or she should be sensitive enough to differences in culture and be oriented toward other people. The person should be willing to get team assistance. Moreover, he or she should have high aspirations and self esteem.
Finally, the person’s personality should be attractive. All these qualities need not to be inherent in the person, but through training and experience, the person can develop the skills (Williams, Inscoe, & Tasker, 1997, p. 72). Low High Context CommunicationThis refers to the tendency of a culture to make use of low context messages in communication. The expectations and circumstances within a communication scenario lead to this case of loc high context communication. Different sets of individuals and groups make use of low and high context communication.
In many cases, it is imperative to translate and know that communication without use of low high context communication does not meet the innate desires of a particular group of people in the society.