The Importance Of Nonverbal Communication Within Germany

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To be successful in business everyone needs to understand how to act. This seems like a simple statement, but when it comes to most people they do not know how to act in the world of business. If they were to be dropped off in a professional setting, they would be in a whole new world and not know how to act or what to say. Now, knowing how to act in America is one thing, but going to a different country brings on a multitude of new customs and habits to learn. All countries contain different customs and ways of communicating, Germany is a good example of the difference in culture. German culture differs a lot from American culture when it comes to nonverbal communication, concepts of personal space, personal titles and their concepts of time. To begin, nonverbal communication within Germany is considerably different from how Americans communicate with nonverbal communication. One of the most significant differences is that Germans are a lot more formal in public. It is not common in Germany to wave and yell at someone across the street or outside at all, they are very reserved and this tends to draw negative attention. Eye contact is also a very important part of German culture. A lot is judged on eye contact. If someone meets your eye contact when talking it means that they are listening and agree with what is being said, if eye contact is avoided than it is taken that one does not agree with what is being said. Within a business meeting when the meeting is over, in Germany they do not clap, instead they show that they enjoyed the presentation or meeting by rapping their knuckles against the table top. Nonverbal communication is significantly more formal and reserved in Germany than in the United States, to be successful with b... ... middle of paper ... ...o someone, but also when one is writing a letter as well. In conclusion, Germany differs in their cultural communication especially when it comes to nonverbal communication, concepts of personal space, personal titles and their concepts of time. Learning about different countries cultures and how they communicate is needed when traveling and especially traveling for business. When traveling to Germany it is imperative that one understands that they need to be on time, keep to themselves, learn people’s full names and understand that eye contact is very important. Traveling for business is very common and something that will happen if someone enters the business world, and knowing how to communicate is necessary. Even when traveling for fun it is important that people learn the customs of other countries so that they fit in and can enjoy their experience a lot more.

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