Join Tatiana Kolovou for an in-depth discussion in this video Next steps, part of Communicating Across Cultures.
- I have shared a lot of tips with you in this course. If there's one thing you should remember, when communicating with people from different cultures, it is that personality overrides general cultural characteristics. What do I mean by that? You may have heard that Italians are gregarious, well-dressed, family and pasta-loving people. Unless you do your own research and observe Italians in action, hold your position lightly. You may prepare to interact with the stereotype you read about, and then you meet an Italian who is soft-spoken and has none of those preferences.
Personality overrides cultural stereotypes. And we all need to be careful to get to know others on a human and individual level. To become proficient with this cross-cultural communication skill, get ready to observe. Be attuned, collect your data, and take notes. Understand where people are coming from and then engage with them by flexing your style when necessary. I am very excited to have you try some of this out.
I'd like to know how it goes for you, so please send me a note on my LinkedIn profile. For a deeper dive on this topic, check out my course called Developing Cross-Cultural Intelligence. Best of luck and have fun practicing your new learned skills.