April 27, 2014
Special Issues Paper
It is crucial, especially in today’s date, to be mindful of ethnic and diverse circumstances when communicating. People interpret dialog, dialect, movements, and actions differently depending on where and how a person is raised. Gender differences can also come into play when communicating.
Ethics is important for all aspects of communication. If a person did not tell another person a bit of information that was important, this is not a lie. Does it make this an ethical decision though, knowing the other person needed that information? In this case, a person needed to be informed but the speaker refused to give information. A person may feel as if the truth were missing from the statement. It is important to be an ethical speaker while communicating so a point will be believed and gain a better response from listeners.
Culture can also affect communication in many ways. One person can be part of many different cultures. Beliefs and experiences within groups of diverse cultures will change the way a speaker must attempt to get points across to listeners. In each culture, words and action may all be interpreted differently. Miscommunications are something that nobody wants to experience during any type of communicating. A sender’s words cannot communicate the desired meaning if the receiver has not had some experience with the objects or concepts the words describe. This is what could happen if proper steps are not taken into consideration before speaking to diverse crowds.
The five principals of communication do pertain to all cultures….just in a different way. As stated earlier, different cultures have different experience making them respond to different communication styles. Unless there is deaf/mute people involved, most cultures will have a form of verbal/non-verbal way to communicate. Listening and responding will be done based on interest of what the
References: Gamble, T.K. & Michael, W. (2005). Contacts: Interpersonal communication in theory, practice, and context. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.