Cultural Dimension: direct versus indirect communication style


Direct versus indirect communication Different cultures favorite different communication styles A direct communications style is one in which the burden of communication is on the speaker that person is expected to be clear Get to the point be specific A good direct speaker is one who ensures that the listeners understand what is being
said Direct communication whether verbal or written is often assertive and direct speakers tend to be very comfortable With confrontation and giving blunt orders “This report is poorly written Re-do it by tomorrow” In contrast indirect communication style allows a greater possibility of “saving face” and avoiding embarrassment or shame both for the speaker and for the listener Your boss comments that “This project needs to be finished up by Monday” That is a rather indirect way asking you to work
this weekend He could more directly ask you to come
in to work on Saturday and your very direct answer might be a simple
no however you could indirectly answer with “my mom is having her eightieth birthday party
on Saturday” If your boss is also an indirect communicator he will know you are clearly indicating you cannot work this weekend you didn’t have to come right out and refuse
to work, embarrassing yourself or being rude to him However If he is a direct communicator he may not understand your message Direct communicators often think that indirect
communicators take a long time to get to the point Or are being deliberately you are But indirect communicators may think that direct communicators are rude and aggressive Which are you?

5 Comments

  1. Bethany Lopez said:

    the subtitles don't always match the words.

    February 1, 2012
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  2. Chantal Antoine said:

    there has been no audio for none of your videos…is that on purpose????????hope am not missing the explanations or is it meant to be visual only???

    May 6, 2013
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  3. Daniel Laver said:

    Plug in a aux cord and listen to this in your car. It worked for me just fine.

    October 2, 2015
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  4. Beauty Tim said:

    I personally think it is hard to judge, depending on individual context at the time. I use both, depending on which person I speak to and what matter I would be talking about.

    May 17, 2018
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  5. Beauty Tim said:

    Every one can be either direct and indirect in communication depending on the context and the people they are dealing with at the time, regardless of the cultural norms. I tend to indirectly say to someone if I did not want to hurt their feeling. I choose to go the polite and respectful way of saying: I will think about your suggestion (ie going to a place together suggested to you) even though I most likely would not want to go there ie I am not really interested in going.

    June 13, 2018
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