Nonverbal Communication And Communication

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Communication is the message between people; it is the fundamental building block of social experiences. Communicating, negotiating, and resolving conflicts across cultures seems simple and straightforward, but it really isn’t. Communication operates through codes which are systems of signs in which each sign signifies a particular idea. Communication also uses conventions which is agreed-upon norms about how, when, and in what context coded will be used. If two people do not share the same codes and conventions, then they will have difficulty communicating with someone else. Plus, codes and conventions are determined by people’s cultures. Cultural differences threaten communication between the sender and receiver because they reduce the available codes and convention that are shared between both. Language in this case is the most obvious code for communication. Most cultures have different accents, slang, vocabulary, and so much more. These differences are so strong that what we say has different dialects. Nonverbal communication also plays a huge part in cross- cultural understanding because many signs are similar as in other cultures. This consist of distance, touching, body position, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact. However, culturally intelligent people will adapt their language to be in understanding with the vocabulary and style of the other person. The three principles of cross- cultural communication and negotiation are to gain the knowledge to
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