Intercultural communication

Intercultural communication made easy

Understanding the foreign is the key so that intercultural communication can take place in a goal-oriented and cooperative manner. Misunderstandings in intercultural communication can be clarified or avoided.

Intercultural communication is used for mutual understanding with simultaneous interaction, whereby the focus here is on behavior and action. If you meet people from different cultures, you and those involved can not only fall back on their own codes, conventions, traditions, attitudes and behavior. In intercultural communication, people experience each other as strangers.

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I offer you special skills for your intercultural communication!

My expertise is based on many years of experience and scientifically sound knowledge as well as on constant cooperation with companies.

I conduct intercultural field research, with stays of several months in numerous countries of different cultures, worldwide so far in 17 different countries on five continents. This enables me to deal intensively with the respective cultural standards, business principles and forms of communication. This has resulted in a deep understanding of intercultural encounters and cooperation. This allows me to gain experience of intercultural communication in other cultures and thus to experience and evaluate the dynamics of intercultural communication. My intercultural training is based on research results from intercultural psychology and research.
As a graduate psychologist, I have been able to gain extensive experience in companies and organizations in more than 20 years. The size of the companies ranges from large industrial companies to medium-sized companies and non-profit companies.
As a psychologist, with experience as a manager and university lecturer, coach, mediator, moderator and trainer, and with many years of experience in intercultural communication, I offer you special skills for this.

You interact with partners from other cultures and want to communicate well and be understood – …then I will support you professionally!

  • A first expert discussion with me regarding successful intercultural communi-cation is free of charge for you!
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In “Fit for the World” you will find some background information and cultural standards for selected cultures.

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    In my seminars and coaching sessions

    • learn about your own culture
    • get to know foreign cultures of your choice and thus be successful in inter-cultural communication and interaction
    • You get to know the conditionality of your own thought patterns and thereby open up the space for your intercultural communication
    • At the same time, they understand the basis of communication and intercul-tural communication
    • And get to know intercultural communication codes and orientation systems,
    • as well as to better understand foreign thought and behavior patterns of your partners
    • You actively engage with intercultural communication patterns in everyday life and the world of work and on the political stage
    • and practice constructively dealing with intercultural communication

    The general basic rules of communication

    …also apply to intercultural communication: in each of your encounters, including intercultural communication, we exchange you information and communicate verbally and non-verbally. It is a social interaction in which your thoughts and feelings are shared and exchanged.

    Intercultural communication describes the process of encounters between people who belong to different cultures. A number of difficulties and problems arise in intercultural communication. It seems easy to communicate with each other, but misunderstandings occur even among people from the same cultural background. How much more in intercultural communication.
    Intercultural communication begins with the perception of the partner: physical appearance, clothing, and demeanor. They classify and are ranked as an individual, as a member of a social or cultural group.

    Since the perception that precedes intercultural communication is initially related to one’s own cultural patterns and experiences, it can be distorted. Well-known patterns no longer apply in intercultural communication, or only to a limited extent. This almost always results in problems in intercultural communication that should be addressed.
    Also, non-verbal communication is culture-specific. It accompanies verbal messages and gives a lot of information about the people involved and their relationship to each other. In communication and in intercultural communication, the spoken or written word appears to be the most important thing. However, the proportion of often unconscious non-verbal messages is far more important. It is estimated at up to 90 percent. Non-verbal communication gives meaning to verbal communication.

    Culture and communication patterns are based on convention and traditions. They become second nature to us, we only accept them as a cultural peculiarity true when someone does not behave, as we are usual during an intercultural situation.

    Two obstacles arise in the intercultural communication situation: on the one hand, it is necessary to find a common third language in order to largely avoid problems of understanding. On the other hand, it requires the ability to decode non-verbal messages (posture, facial expressions, gestures, etc.). This requires knowledge of the culture of the other, only then can intercultural communication succeed.

    When people from different cultures meet, these processes are referred to as intercultural communication.
    The term “intercultural communication” contains two aspects: “Communication” means understanding between people in general and “intercultural” means encounters and understanding between people who belong to different cultures and meet in intercultural communication.
    Communication is shaped by the respective culture. In the socialization of a culture, communication codes are taught and learned. These are known to all members and of course, members of a foreign culture are usually not. However, these codes can be learned by strangers, so that increased attention and knowledge in intercultural communication make it possible to minimize misunderstandings and, if necessary, to uncover them.