Communication is simply about conveying meaning, but it is not that simple. Even in our own language, there are many elements that interfere with our ability to convey meaning. As these elements are overlooked, the likelihood of disrupting the message intended to be sent and conversely the one received will increase. In our own native language and own native culture we frequently unintentionally communicate what we have not intended to.
If that were not enough, culture plays a pivotal role in effective communication. Cultural differences place additional burdens on our interaction and communication with others. Communication is culturally bound. The way a message is delivered and interpreted depends on the cultural background of the participants. Hence, additional elements that interfere with communication surface whether we are aware of them or not. I refer to these particular elements as Cultural Elements of Interference in the communication process.
Is culture interfering with your ability to hear what isn’t being said? Do you fear that you might be conveying the wrong meaning? Do you think that you are unknowingly violating the cultural rules of your Hispanic listener? Do you know how culture interferes with your ability to communicate with people from another country? If you are not sure, you will be surprised!
Your Cross-Cultural Trainer/Advisor,
Ciro A. Sotelo
1N141 County Farm Rd., Suite 130
Winfield, IL 60190
Tel. (630) 605-9459
Fax. (630) 871-7079