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How to successfully communicate cross culturally

In Collaboration, Communication, culture, Development, Effectiveness, Language, Leadership, Strategy, Team, teamwork on July 3, 2017 at 6:07 am

Once upon a time, some 100,000 years ago, language was born when a human uttered the first word to another human.

Fast forward to the modern day and language is only a part of how we communicate these days as we navigate our way through other communication complexities such as technology, virtual reality and multiculturism.

As we move swiftly forward in a global entrepreneurial world, multicultural teams become more and more prevalent, and having the ability to break down any communication barriers is vital to ensuring that collaboration and productivity stays at a high.

For as if it’s not hard enough to communicate with someone when you don’t even know their preferred communication style, default behaviors, or conflict preferences, or worse, when you can’t even see their visual cues and body language, as in the case of a remote team, add in time difference, distance and cultural differences, and you won’t be blamed if you sometimes feel as if you might as well throw in the towel. What’s more, all of this can occur even if you’re speaking the same language!

Such triggers can frustrate and give rise to conflict.

Not all is lost though. The very crux of communication is about ownership of the message you send as much as the message received. After all, how can you expect someone to understand you when you can’t even understand yourself? There are some things you can do to strengthen and grow your communication toolkit. And its roots come from more than speaking the same language, indeed, more than what you say or the words you use.

So how do multicultural teams successfully deal with multicultural challenges? One of the most successful ways is to recognize complexities and adapt accordingly. Acknowledge the diversity and rather than focusing on this as a barrier, learn to celebrate this. Identify cultural gaps openly and work around them.

Diplomat and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan once said:

“Tolerance, inter-cultural dialogue and respect for diversity are more essential than ever in a world where people are becoming more and more closely interconnected.”

He is not wrong. Successful cross cultural communication stems from cultural intelligence, the success of which depends on three pillars.

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Word of the day: hope

In Communication, Copywriting, Creative, Grammar, Inspire, Language, Personal Branding, Word of the day, Writing on August 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Perhaps one of the most beautiful words in the English language. From hope stems all things, creativity, inspiration, passion, compassion, value, even love.

So this one is a favorite.


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A good sound foundation

In Copywriting, Creative, Language, Punctuation, Writing on February 17, 2013 at 2:28 am

The other day, I had the unfortunate privilege to work on a document that, I swear, must have been written by monkeys.

As I trawled through the pages of words to make sense of fragmented sentences thrown together to resemble something close to paragraphs upon paragraphs of content, I realized I wasn’t simply working on the document to ready its content for an elearning platform. I was fully editing the document. It was rife with red from my tracked edits. Indeed, most of my comments included why sentences were changed, words were chopped, and paragraphs restructured.

This got me thinking. The importance of a good foundation is inevitable. But what does this mean?

In one word: structure.

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Who are you writing to?

In Communication, Copywriting, Creative, Grammar, Instructional Design, Language, Marketing on August 11, 2012 at 10:38 pm

So there you are, about to put thoughts onto paper or screen. You’ve got your topic, you’ve got something to say, you know how the story goes.

What next?

Getting your message across is important. You need to ensure you reach your audience.

Now, we’ve talked about target audience before.

But I’m just going to take that a step back for a minute and talk about how we can determine who the target audience is.

Let’s explore, shall we?

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Isn’t it ironic

In Copywriting, Grammar, Language on July 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

Here’s a cause for a pause.

A conversation the other day where the other party went: ‘It’s ironical.’

To which I replied: ‘Ironic not ironical.’

But based on what reasoning?

Now the irony is, technically the word ‘ironical’ doesn’t actually mean anything different to the word ‘ironic’; it exists merely as a variation of the word. Add a couple more letters, sure, but it basically means the same thing.

Isn’t that ironic?

Or I could even also say: ‘Isn’t that ironical?’ And I would still be grammatically correct. You get it now.

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The humble comma

In Copywriting, Grammar, Language, Punctuation on June 21, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Ever wondered what the difference one simple comma might make to a sentence? Can it alter the meaning?

A fellow colleague recently posed me with a challenge.

He asked: What are the two different meanings of these two sentences?

The greatest influences in my life are my sisters, Oprah Winfrey and Madonna.

The greatest influences in my life are my sisters, Oprah Winfrey, and Madonna.

Needless to say, I passed the test with flying colors. Unfortunately, I got no prize.

Can you spot the difference?

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