Since my culture does not consider keeping time that much I arrived at the

Since my culture does not consider keeping time that

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with my New Zealand friend. Since my culture does not consider keeping time that much, I arrived at the meeting point ten minutes late, only to find that my friend had already left the venue. He was so upset that he did not want to pick my calls when I tried to reach him by phone. Cultures use non-verbal cues or gestures such as body language to communicate. However, these cues have varying meanings. As an Indian in New Zealand, I encounter cultural noise almost in every interaction with New Zealanders because we Indians shake our heads in different ways while speaking, and every head shake has a different meaning. However, most cultures like the New Zealanders only have horizontal and vertical head shakes, which they may mean yes or no. This is another good example of cultural noise that can hinder me from striking a deal when I raise my head to ask “what do you mean” while the other culture thinks I am saying no to the deal. Customs is another example of cultural noise. Every culture has its own culture. This is another area where I have personally encountered problems as well. Most of my friends enjoying eating beef, while as an Indian I do not take beef for cultural reasons. I always feel out of place whenever this happens. c. What strategies would you employ to minimize cultural noise for each example given? I try to minimize the cultural noise due to language by speaking slowly when communicating with others in a language that is not my native language, like English. This way, I am able to choose my words correctly and pronounce them as required. Even though Indians use lots of non-verbal cues when communicating, I try to minimize their use when
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Last Name 3 communicating with people from other cultures so that I reduce the cultural noise from the cues. In order to minimize cultural noise due to values, beliefs and customs such as time-keeping and issues with taking meals like beef, I try to keep cultural consciousness and understanding when dealing with people from different cultures so that I neither disappoint them nor get disappointed by their cultural norms.
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  • cultural noise, New Zealanders

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