Communicating Across Cultures

What is a common communication style for Americans in the United States?

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  • Linear: Americans tend to communicate points in a series of logical, sequential ideas and get to the point quickly.

  • Nonconfrontative: Americans sometimes try to avoid being critical of someone's work or idea even if they disagree.

  • Direct/Verbal: Americans emphasize problem-solving. They also prefer specific rather than vague instructions about tasks that they are expected to complete.

Note- Although it is very hard to generalize about communication styles in the United States, these are cultural dimensions which tend to be true for a lot of people in the US. Please remember that there is a lot of individual variation. Source: Crossing Cultures with Competence, Interchange Institute, Trainer Guide

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