As global citizens, we communicate daily with people from different cultural backgrounds in industry, workplace, and university environments. In order to function effectively as a leader in your career and to make an impact in your field, it is essential to build intercultural communication competence to enable you to communicate effectively and appropriately in diverse cultural contexts to achieve the desired communication outcomes.

This interactive workshop aims to equip you with intercultural sensitivity, cultural awareness, and behavioural adaptability to communicate effectively and appropriately in diverse cultural contexts. You will learn how cultural assumptions may influence people’s communication styles, become aware of different communication hurdles and gain practical knowledge to navigate them, and reflect on the role of cultural identity in developing intercultural relationships. These skills will enable you to effectively navigate culturally diverse contexts in your research praxis.

Facilitator Bio - A/Professor Shuang Liu

Shuang Liu is an Associate Professor in the School of Communications and Arts. She has over 20 years of experience teaching and researching in the broad area of intercultural communication. Her work has been published in the form of books, book chapters, and high-ranking international journals. The three editions of her lead-authored textbook, Introducing Intercultural Communication: Global Cultures and Contexts, have been adopted in institutions internationally. She initiated and has been teaching two intercultural communication courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at UQ.

This session was formerly known as Communicating Across Cultures: A Global Perspective. 

May be eligible for CDSE.

About Communication

Learning to communicate effectively is critical to your ability to transfer your knowledge and research, build relationships, and gain employment. As you progress in your career these skills will become more important. The ability to master verbal, non-verbal, interpersonal, and written communication will allow you to communicate with clarity and influence. ‘Effective communication’ also appears in almost every job advertisement as a skill required by employers. 

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