Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cultural Diversity

  • Do you find yourself communicating differently with people from different groups and cultures? I do feel like I communicate differently with others from different groups and cultures. I think I also communicate differently with every individual, including family and friends. The way in which I communicate different is: Every individual is different and so I feel like I have to watch what I say to some people, whereas some people I can be 100% myself around and can say whatever comes to mind. I'm careful with my words and I think before I speak with some people. Often times there is a language barrier between me and someone of a different culture so I have to keep that in mind while trying my best to communicate with others from different cultures.
  •  Share at least three strategies you could use to help you communicate more effectively with the people or groups you have identified: 1.) Developing Awareness of Individual Cultures
  • 2.) Accept and understand culture/language differences 3.) Use suitable and effective non verbal language: 


  1. Stacy,
    I agree that attention to nonverbal cues is important. But it seems so involuntary. How have you succeed in controlling or adapting your nonverbal communication?

  2. I also spoke of the type of communication we use around our family, friends and the people we feel close to. Within this grou, I have noticed that culture is really not a factor. I am comfortable around these people and I really do not think as much before I speak like I would in front of a group of people I have never met before.

  3. Stacy,
    I love the Venn diagram! How do you go about learning about different cultures as you suggested?

  4. Stacy,
    Thank you for your post. I agree that we should take time to learn about different cultures although that is not an easy task. Although I did not think about it, I guess we do communicate differently with everyone because everyone is individuals.

  5. Stacy,

    I agree that we also communicate differently with each individual. My late realization, thanks to this course, was that I communicate differently with my mom and dad. I live far away from home and communicate with my family mostly on the phone. The last time I spoke with my mom and then my dad right after her, I realized I communicate with them differently, even share with them different details. I thought it was interesting that I keep some information for my mom and discuss different topics with my dad, as they are different individuals yet both my parents. Thanks for your post!