Knowing how to communicate is the key. Learning how to communicate is very difficult for some of us. A lot of times we just don’t know how to communicate. I will discuss the challenges that arise in communicating between genders and across cultures. Learning how to communicate could help us communicate more effectively in diverse environments.
People communicate with language use. Language use is the primary and obvious source of communication we use. Language is the principal way we cross the barrier between our own interior world and that of others (Neuliep, 2000). There are two types of communication, verbal and nonverbal. Majority of the time verbal communication is used because it is the typical form of communication and it is easier. With verbal communication we are speaking and most of the time understood better. Nonverbal communication could be misunderstood. A form of nonverbal communication is body language. When someone uses body language we sometimes interpret the wrong things. It is possible for someone to go off body language or hand gestures and think someone is meaning one thing when he could actually be meaning another. As the sayinggoes, actions speak louder than words. When what we do and what we say are inconsistent, nonverbal communication is more likely to be believed (Harris, 2002). I would prefer someone voice his opinions or speak without me having to analyze them. Another popular form of nonverbal communication is sign language. Even though there is no sound literally coming from the person’s mouth, sign language is still a form of speaking. It is speaking with their hands. They could look at their body language but it would consist more of their hand gestures than their body language in that situation. Their hands will be telling exactly what they are saying.
It has always been said that men and women communicate differently. We even go as far as to say men are from Mars and Women are from Venus. Men and...