Diversity Effects Communication

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Diversity Effects Communication
Justin Moody
University Of Phoenix

Throughout this course we have learned about many different types of communication and the way they affect our lives, as well as how diversity effects communication. The following questions are posed and answered in order to sum up some of the things we have learned throughout the course.

What is cultural diversity? Why is an appreciation of diversity important in communication? Cultural diversity, as defined by Wikipedia, is “...the variety of human societies or cultures in a specific region, or in the world as a whole.” During this course we have used this definition in regards to its presence in communication within an organization or team, and how it affects it as such. When communicating, it is important to be aware of the cultural diversity of your group and how you respect it as such. Cultural diversity can be a valuable asset to a group or organization; however, when not respected properly, it can cause a major rift between team members. By using the diversity of your group to obtain data and ideas from the different types (diversities) of people in the group, you are successfully doing a small in-house case study. You are collecting data from different types of people with different upbringings, all with different opinions and data. In business, this is very important. On the other hand, if you fail to respect the diversity of your group, you will most likely not be favored by the rest of your group, and more time will be spent on conflict resolution that completing the overall goal of the group.

How would you describe your cultural background? How do your values affect the way you communicate with others and the way they communicate with you? Growing up, my father was in the military. I usually lived on a military base, and the schools I attended were attended by a large amount of other military children. This gave me the lucky...
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