Global communication competence has a variety of diverse meanings but to me the definition that makes the most sense is the knowledge of and curiosity about the world’s history, geography, cultures, environmental and economic systems, and current international issues. This is so important in our present day society because technology is allowing our world to become more and more interconnected every day. Therefore, it is important to understand the world and how to communicate with the people in it and because of this the concept of global communication is making it’s way into the classrooms of young children around the world.
Key principles I took away from the provided readings that I could apply in further projects and/or my professional career include understanding the following about cultures:
- High-context and low-context cultures which relates to how different people create and maintain relationships both socially and professionally (i.e. verbal and non verbal communication, situational context, etc.)
- Sequential or synchronic which relates to how people think of time (i.e. as a linear commodity or as an uncontrolled constant flow)
- Affective or neutral which relates to the emotions people contribute to decision making processes and business operations (i.e. getting overwhelmed with high stress situations or taking everything piece by piece)
All of these pieces would allow me to understand how to act and react around people who are adjusted to operating differently than I am. One of the biggest components of sales is knowing who you’re selling to and that translates into all facets of business. Knowing who you’re talking to, what culture your client comes from, etc. are all going to contribute to your success at communicating.
My biggest piece of advice when it comes to global communication is do your research. Understand who you’re talking to and what culture you’re interacting with so you can best cater your communication style to the recipient(s). Not only is this a sign of respect but it will allow you to be more effective accomplishing your intended goal.
“Global Competence: Prepare Youth to Engage with the World”
“What is Global Competence?”
“How Culture Controls Communication”