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Communication Skills

Cultural Differences In Communication

Cultural differences impact the business culture and hinder business growth. Many skilled employees originate from backgrounds with different cultures (Moran, Abramson, & Moran, 2014). Convening a meeting with people coming from around the world could be tiring, but there are ways an individual can institute such a challenge.

Convening a meeting requires fundamental information on ‘how and what’ will be the outcome of the meeting. The best way I will start the meeting is by introducing all the members who are available. State and explain the purpose of the meeting and specifically outline the agenda. The introduction will create a basis for welcoming contributions from the members so as to avoid confusion. The members from different cultures have an open forum to contribute to the meeting. Similarly, a meeting has an ending. Therefore, to end a meeting, clarity must be upheld. I will reserve the last ten minutes for this purpose. The time reserved will cater for a brief summary of the expectations. A list of to-do’s is provided, and the next actions to take are listed to ensure the implementation of all that is discussed.

In the meeting, I will ensure that the agendas depict the essence of the meeting. Documentation of attendance and taking notes are important for future reference. The agenda must reflect equality and not bias. I will ensure that I provide a weekly progress report to help us measure our performance against our standards.

The posting by my classmate covers cultural differences as a hindrance to economic and social development. The position is agenda-based but lacks more emphasis on critical matters. From the posting, I would like to know: who is entitled to do a given function? Which are the key areas of the project that should be given priority? What value will the new project add to the expected outcomes? What relevant decisions undertaken will benefit the owners? How will the project minimize the challenge of cultural differences?

I would need clarity on what next step of action will be undertaken and how the agendas will impact the new project.

My posting differs from my classmates at the point of starting and ending the meeting. In the end, my fellows indicated any other business and arranged the meeting, whereas, in my posting, ten minutes were reserved for summarizing the agenda and stating the next step of action.

References

Moran, R. T., Abramson, N. R., & Moran, S. V. (2014). Managing cultural differences. Routledge.

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