Essay The Importance Of Effective Cross Cultural Communication

869 Words Sep 20th, 2016 4 Pages
Edward T. Hall’s and Mildred T. Hall’s statement that, “The essence of effective cross cultural communication has more to do with releasing the right responses than with sending the ‘right’ messages…” can be used to enhance intercultural communication. If we all learn and enact the intercultural praxis in our lives, this can help the world in effectively communicating with each other. According to Kathryn Sorrells, intercultural praxis is the critical reflective thinking and acting that enables us to navigate the complex and challenging intercultural spaces we inhabit interpersonally, communally, and globally (Sorrells). In other words, it is the practice where a person will have to adjust and position himself as he interacts with another person with a different culture to successfully convey meaning and prevent the misunderstandings that can occur during the conversation. In connection with Hall’s and Hall’s statement, the intercultural praxis can play a major role in sending the right responses because if people will send the right responses, they do not have to worry about sending the right messages for the conversation will flow naturally. Sorrells said that there are six interrelated points of entry into the process of intercultural praxis which are inquiry, framing, positioning, dialogue, reflection, and action. For this paper, I will only explain inquiry, framing, and position.
First, inquiry is the desire and willingness to know, to ask, to find out, and to learn…

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