Communicating Effectively Across Cultural Barriers

Experienced an awkward exchange with a person that didn’t look or sound like you? Weary to talk to others outside your cultural circle because of this? It’s a common issue! We’ll discuss the cultural barriers that prevent us from communicating properly and strategies to empower ourselves next time.

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Culture shapes our belief system which translates over to how we interact with others. In this course, you'll learn how the use of language like jargon, slang, or accents may create blockages in the flow of communication and how to use it appropriately. We also explore how political and religious views influence how people think of others and create difference of opinions that forms wedges between groups of people. We discuss these and other barriers and show you how to handle cross-cultural barriers in real life situations.

I was born in China and came to the U.S. 15 years ago. Communication, especially at work, is sometimes difficult. This course helped me to better understand barriers like jargon and slang. I really enjoyed it. I have new tools to implement at work when communicating with others, especially from cultures different than mine. And also especially given the times that we're experiencing now. Thank you Angela for great tips and thank you Pyxai.

Who this course is most suited for:

Do you recall a conversation with a person from another culture that turned awkward? Or how about when you made a joke and your Asian friend didn’t laugh because it was not funny, it was actually offensive. If these scenarios sound familiar, this course is for you. Cross-cultural communication is tricky and anyone seeking to be culturally aware can benefit. This course requires open-minded individuals that are actively looking to improve and elevate their relations with others in hopes to dismantle cultural barriers.

Understand the different ways cross-cultural communications can be sidetracked.
How the use of language like jargon, slang, or dialects may create blockages in the flow of communication.
How our culture shapes our belief systems which then translates to how we interact with others.
The difference between individualistic and collectivistic cultures.
How political and religious views influence how people think about others and creates differences in opinions.
Why self-awareness and empathy are the best way to tackle cross-cultural barriers when communicating
Tips on how to develop a culture-conscious mindset.

Skills You'll Develop

Communication Skills Self-Awareness Cultural Awareness Cross-Cultural Communication Conscientiousness Empathy Relationship Building
$9.99 USD
$19.99 (50% discount)


Our choice of words can cause various misunderstandings and can be a barrier to communication if we are not mindful of the cultural context of the person we are talking to.
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Some cultures express emotion freely while others are more guarded. Emotional barriers to communication are usually due to a lack of emotional awareness or control.
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Cultural beliefs may create behavior and personality mis-cues like body language, thinking, manners, norms, etc. which leads to miscommunication.
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Religious and political views create a specific image of people who follow a specific religion or political party. It creates differences in opinions and encourage unconscious biases.
Resources: 5
Stereotypes are perceptions and beliefs we hold about groups or individuals based on our previously formed opinions or attitudes - good or bad. Prejudice, like stereotypes, can be either positive or negative although it is generally referred to as the unfair, biased, or intolerant attitudes or opinions towards another person or group simply because they belong to a specific religion, race, nationality or another group.
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Better communication comes from finding a common ground and growing relationships. Be prepared to admit your mistakes and take every opportunity to learn from them.
Relationships are powerful. Our one-to-one connections with each other are the foundation for change. Building relationships with people from different cultures is key in building the understanding that is powerful enough to transcend cross-cultural barriers. The infographic in this section will give you nine tips to help you to develop cross-cultural relationships. Included are high and low resolutions of the same document.
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Downloadable material to help aid you in your journey to effective cross-cultural communication.
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00:50 hours of on-demand course material
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Downloadable e-books
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$19.99 (50% discount)
Angela Edwards

Angela Edwards

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9+ Years experience
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As a high performing employee, I was frequently asked to be a trainer and conduct on-the-job training. As an on-the-job trainer, I was responsible to train and mentor new and existing coworkers. I performed instruction in three main ways: mentoring, onboarding, and job shadowing. As a mentor, I shared my experience, skills, and wisdom to new or inexperienced employees in order to increase and expand their development. Additionally, I executed job shadowing to train coworkers who provided back-up to cover for vacations or long-term leaves. Mentoring and job shadowing were specialties of mine to onboard and train temporary workers like college students on internships. While onboarding, I taught foundational workplace skills, helped instill aspects of the workplace culture, and set performance expectations. Due to my natural tendencies to be of help to others, I also created a lot of content to complement lessons like worksheets, cheatsheets, guides, and other training material.

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