Reflection About Cross Cultural Communication

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When I received the instructions for this final project I was terrified, not only because it was my first week of college but also because I did not think I was capable of completing the assignment. After a couple of classes and reading, I learned that cross cultural communication takes time and it 's also not a goal that you reach and then it 's over, it 's a continuous process. When I realized this, I felt better about conducting this project. Being able to communicate properly with cultures that are different than your own is a skill and characteristic that everyone should have and understand. The world is constantly expanding and new cultures especially social cultures are rising and multiplying, we should want to educate ourselves…show more content…
I believe patience is key to cross cultural communication because if you jump in without information about the culture most likely you will not be successful. For instance if I were to try and write a piece and perform it without educating myself and gaining information about the writing process, what are the components of a great spoken word piece, what are the rules, and whether there are restrictions in the competition, more than likely I would have failed. I have also learned that you can not expect to be a perfect cross cultural communicator overnight, it takes time. You have to spend time educating, practicing and gaining experience, even then you will not be perfect. Another aspect of cross cultural communication that I learned and feel is essential to being well rounded within this skill is tone, especially in the culture that I was focusing on for this project . SLAM poetry is all about the way you say things and how you present your words. This also applies to other cultures because the tone of a word or phrase changes the mood of a conversation. In addition to communicate across different cultures you have to be aware and know about tones because if you don 't it may lead to conflicts and…show more content…
In regards to spoken word I push myself to continue to write and gain confidence so that I will be comfortable with performing in front of judges and large crowds. I truly believe that I can do this because I’m already comfortable with performing on a stages if it 's singing or acting and written by someone else and I also have the intentions . So I know the only element holding me back is myself, I need to improve and build my self-confidence and I also need to be ok with being uncomfortable at times so that I can continue the process of immersion. My plan for continuing cross cultural communication in general is to make learning about other cultures and communities a habit, even if I do not immerse myself into the culture, I would still want to have a strong background and understanding of the cultures belief, values and traditions. Another part of my plan for continuation will be making sure that when entering a situation, I will always take the keys of intercultural communication and cross cultural into
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