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Understanding Cultures for Effective Communication The purpose of this paper Understanding cultures for effective communication is a is to examine the many different cultural backgrounds as a whole and come to the realization and conclusion that other cultures have the exact same fears and misguided interpretations that we have and face today To understand the vast many beliefs and traditions that each culture represents so as to further advance our own culture and nation We all have an internal list of those we still dont understand let alone appreciate We all have biases even prejudices toward specific groups Fears usually include being judged miscommunication and patronizing or hurting others unintentionally hopes are usually the possibility of dialogue learning something new developing friendships and understanding different points of view At any moment that were dealing with people different from ourselves the likelihood is that they carry a similar list of hopes and fears in their back pocket We communicate with others all the time in our homes in our workplaces in the groups we belong to and in the community No matter how well we think we understand each other communication is hard Just think for example how often we hear things like He doesnt get it or She didnt really hear what I meant to say Culture is often at the root of communication challenges Our culture influences how we approach problems and how we participate in groups and in communities When we participate in groups we are often surprised at how differently people approach their work together Culture is a complex concept with many different definitions But simply put culture refers to a group or community with which we share common experiences that shape the way we understand the world It includes groups that we are born into such as
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