Communication and Culture

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I find that I communicate differently with people from different cultures out of respect for them. I have friends from a number of different cultures and knowing how they are, I tend to use similar communication skills when meeting new people. As far as groups, I do communicate differently with different groups. I communicate with families of my students much more professionally than I would a group of people my age.
There is evidence that men tend to talk in order to accomplish something or complete a task and approach conversation from a content orientation. Women are more likely to talk in order to establish and maintain relationships and for the purpose of relating to or connecting to others . This could help me to communicate with people in a social setting as I interact with men and women in conversations about specific topics.
It is important not to generalize or stereotype as well. People are not all the same and when you generalize and stereotype, it creates false opinions of people.
I also use the platinum rule often in all types of communication. I think about how I might want to be treated and also how others may want to be treated. It also helps you to get to know people and gives them a sense of respect and comfort to start with. I use this with my families as well. I like people to feel comfortable talking to me and professional but comfortable conversations.

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About toteachistotouchlives

Hi. My name is Kristen Hammel and I am a first grade teacher in Maryland. I am in my fourth year of teaching and now beginning my Masters program in Early Childhood Education at Walden University. I am very excited for this new journey I am embarking on and am excited to share my experiences with you.

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