Check Your Attitude: Step one in connecting well across cultures

How do you successfully connect with people who are different from you? One simple first step is to make sure you are approaching the interaction with the right attitude.

The three attitudes below are foundational for successful cross-cultural communication.

  • Respect – Show through your words and actions that you respect the other person. In this way, you are showing them that you value them.
  • Openness – Show openness to hearing what the other person says, and to learning about things that are new to you. In this way, you show that you are willing to move beyond what is easy and comfortable for you.
  • Curiosity – When you express curiosity, you are showing both openness and respect. Curiosity conveys that you are open to learning about new things and moving beyond your comfort zone. It also conveys respect for the other person’s knowledge, culture, opinions, desires and needs.

What attitudes would you add to this list?

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