What could be obstacles when communicating in a diverse environment?
Communicating in a diverse world is important in today’s age of global business. Effective communication in a diverse environment may require critical thinking. It may require people to study their surroundings and think critically about how to communicate effectively in situations, which can vary from culture to culture.
There can be many barriers to effective communication between individuals of different cultures. The most obvious is language barriers. Not possessing fluent understanding of language can be perceived as being misinformed by some and being dismissive by others. The inherent difficulty in learning a new language might serve as a deterrent for others to not be well versed in it. Another barrier for communication could be not understanding cultural gestures or other forms of nonverbal communication. There are certain mannerisms that are commonly practiced in one culture that carriers different implications in another. Finally, predispositions that one culture might hold against another could inhibit effective communication. For example, if there is political or social tension between cultures, or historical antagonisms between cultures, this could make communication very difficult.