As an Exchange Visitor in the United States, you may notice some social customs are different from your home country. Here are 7 quick communication tips to help you when visiting the United States:
- Small talk is common and considered polite. It’s also a great way to meet new people!
- Body language matters. If you have a blank expression on your face or are crossing your arms, people may assume you are angry or upset. Try a smile!
- If you can’t reach someone over the phone, leave a message. Don’t just keep calling over and over again. Leave a message and someone will call you back.
- When you need to reach someone for business-related purposes, the best method to use is e-mail. This will give them time to look into your question or request and respond accordingly.
- Check your written communication and check it again! Use spell check or a grammar resource before sending.
- If you aren’t sure what you want to say, take a moment. It’s always best to think before you speak.
- Be respectful. Be kind and considerate of all groups when discussing religion, politics or sexual orientation. It is important not to offend anyone.
Effective communication is very important and can have a huge effect on your stay in the United States. Some disagreements are simply communication issues. Do your best to always communicate in the best way possible.