"Global Communication Makes the World go Around"
In these past years the increase of our Global Economy has imposed on us to become better at communicating with people from other parts of the globe. Being an effective communicator means to interact positively with people from different cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. To become better at this we first should be aware of the different elements about Global Communication.
What are the important elements about Global Communication?
“We can divide the important elements of Global Communication into verbal and non-verbal elements of Communication”
Verbal Communication: involves the use of language, which is the collection of symbols, letters or words with different meanings that are governed by rules and used to communicate. (Judy Pearson, 2008)
Keep in mind a few important things to avoid for the successful use of your verbal communication skills:
Be concise: being concise is probably the most important. Remember that any kind of communication could be translated into several different languages. Keep messages to the point to help protect their integrity.
- Avoid Jargon: Technical language developed by professional groups. Jargon may not translate from country to country. For example: “CPR”, “Inco”. Use clear, simple language and expressions that can be easily be understood globally.
- Avoid Clichés: Is an expression that has lost originality through overuse. For example, “No pain, no gain”, “Beauty is only skin deep”.
- Avoid Colloquialisms: Are words and phrases used informally. Sometimes colloquial words are unclear. For example: “Good to see you”, “Take care now”.
- Avoid Slang: A specialized language of a group of people who share a common interest, or belong to a similar co-culture. For example: “groovy”, “pics”.
- Avoid Profanity: Language that is disrespectful of things sacred.
- Avoid Regionalisms: Are words and phrases specific to a particular region or part of your country.
Non Verbal Communication
Non verbal communication: Is the process of using messages that are not words to generate meaning. (Judy Pearson, 2008)
- Bodily Movement and Facial Expressions:
- Vocal Cues
- Clothing and Other Artifacts
These are some ways to improve your non-verbal communication skills:
- Be Aware of Cultural Differences: you can improve your understanding of nonverbal communication by being sensitive to context, audience, and feedback.
- Paying Attention: Concentrate on what is being said. Remember that half of communication involves paying attention.
- Withholding judgment: Don't judge people, just try to understand what they are saying.
Global communication can be enhanced, by following these simple rules but is not an easy task, because it requires a lot of attention of our part. We need to remember that the people in front of us may not share our same ideas, or the same way of saying things. Being a good communicator is nothing more than being aware of all these little details. So pay attention and think before saying anything if you want everyone to understand your message.