etc. affects more than one nation. Our ever growing International media has made it easier however inevitable to make every effort to reach effective International communication, in order for our decisions and motives to be interpreted correctly by other nations and most importantly understood.
Intercultural Communication is no longer an option, it is a necessity!
We are living in a Globalised environment where nations are connected not only economically but countries security and the terrorism resistance are affecting and dependent on the active involvement of many countries around the world which makes cooperation a must between nations.
What is Intercultural Communication?
Intercultural Communication is defined as effective communication between people/clients/workers of different cultures and countries. Many people think that Intercultural communication has to do with learning or knowing languages and as this is partially correct, Intercultural communication is also and mainly concentrate on managing nonverbal and thought pattern skills development.
Politician and many Global organisations have embraced International Communication and understood the importance and its benefits on the success of their missions and purposes internationally.
However, I often wonder what “common people" think of Intercultural and cross-culture communication. Do we as people whom belong to our each and individual culture form our ideas about certain cultures from what are we told by the media?
How beneficial or dangerous is that to any culture, to look at something from a distance yet we form and have such strong thoughts and feelings about???
Fast travelling, relocations, wars and poverty created and increased immigration, which have resulted in mixed cultural societies in many countries if not the majority of cities and towns around the world.
However this “mixed Cultural Societies” have created its own positive and negative experiences for different people.
Lack of cultural understanding between people who are connected in daily living experiences (e.g. neighbours, colleagues etc.) can be devastating and have a violent ending in some extreme cases, creating hate and outburst in communities.
Unfortunately a few private initiative contributions were made by certain organisations, organising activities in communities to introduce different cultures in a positive light to the community they belong to mostly failed. The main reason for that is that those initiatives were mostly not followed afterwards and therefore the hard work that was put into it was wasted for lack of continuity, funds and more importantly the lack of support from the local authorities.
However and to put things into a positive perspective, it is fair to say that the majority of people understand the importance of Intercultural Communication between different cultures and societies. If we would like to have a safe and profitable lifestyle it is almost essential to embrace the International communication in order to acheive that. To acheive it might be difficult to start with and a professional help might be needed for some to see and understand the “other view” but I’m certain that with personal initiatives form all can make all the difference in our internationally growing societies.
The success in Intercultural Communication depends on how people negotiate, meet, greet and build relationships worldwide.
So keep your mind open, your attitude positive and your spirit ready to be filled with new freeing knowledge that can unleash your creative side to the world …..
A Golden Advice
If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, “I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.
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