Often times a person with a disability whether it be a loss of sight or vision, is still quite fluent in their language and communication (as are non-native language speakers). However, some people forget this and assume that speaking loudly will assist in the listener's comprehension. This is not only not helpful; it can also appear quite rude.
Those who partake in this act are doing the following:
• Displaying their ignorance.
• Showing a lack of cultural sensitivity.
• Showcasing a desperate need for cultural training.
• Creating a defensive reaction to the listener.
• Creating a barrier to effective communication.
To relate well to someone from another culture, a person must be alter to possible cultural differences. A person with cultural sensitivity (an awareness and willingness to investigate the reasons why people of another culture act as they do) will recognize certain nuances in customs that will help them build better cross-cultural relationships.
Here are some methods and techniques to do so:
• Develop cultural sensitivity and cultural intelligence.
• Focus on individuals rather than the group to avoid making stereotypes.
• Respect all cultures.
• Value cultural differences.
• Participate in diversity training.
Being able to relate to a culturally diverse group is necessary for success in this global economy. Having the skills to effectively communication with clients and business associates from varying cultural backgrounds is a rare and valued trait.
One could convert these skills into higher incomes and job statuses by:
• Creating better client relationships
• Making clients and partners with people from all backgrounds
• Being able to make successful business travels
• Having a better understanding of target markets for higher revenue