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How to Do Better in Cross-Cultural Communication

With the fast development of the whole world, people need to communicate with others of different cultures. And cultural communication may seem to be more difficult than the communication with people of the similar cultures. Because different cultures can make the habits and customs vary a lot. The following are some points on how to make the cross cultural communication more successful.

Firstly, you are required to get enough knowledge on their cultures. The best way is to have some practical experience to learn the culture which can make you have a better understanding on their native culture. Maybe you don’t have so much time to learn them. You can buy some books about the history, the customs, their festivals and the characteristics of the people.

Secondly, choose the right ways to show your respect to their culture. Showing your respect to others can make them more ease and also lead to successful communication. It is more proper to avoid tedious speech and you had better give the other person more opportunity to interpret. Sometimes, silence can be a good way to show respect. For example, when some serious issues are referred and a short time of silence show your thoughtfulness to the issues. Sometimes, the topic may be very familiar with you and you are urgent to share your special experience while the other people are talking about something. Interruption is expected to be acceptable in some cultures especially among men or equals. But it is not the case in the Northern European.

Thirdly, a successful conversation requires a good topic and proper humor when necessary. You should choose appropriate topic according to the culture. In some cultures, it may seem to be vulgar to talk about the politics. So, you had better get more knowledge on which topics will not arouse hostility but happiness. For different people, the sense of humor can vary a lot. If you really want to use some humors in communication, you must have deeper understanding of the cultures.

Although cultural differences may cause some difficulties in the communication, the best way to solve this problem is to get enough preparation before hand and pay enough attention to the important points in cultural communication. You can have a good conversation with the people of different cultures so long as you get better understanding of them as well as their culture.

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