“In every culture, in every place, respect is hugely important, but it can mean different things to different people. When working in one of the most multicultural places in the world, this can cause communication issues. The trick is in understanding what respect means where you are, and to the person you are communicating with.

The meaning of a word is always two-fold. There is the denotative meaning—what the dictionary says a word means – and then there is the connotative meaning—what the people using the word mean by it. When trying to communicate, it’s the second one we’re interested in. Because it’s here where mistakes can creep in.

In essence, two things can go wrong—either they can misunderstand you or you can misunderstand them. In both cases it often comes down to a difference in filters…”

Dawn tells it like it is to Forbes Middle East – click the link to read on: https://forbesmiddleeast.com/how-to-show-and-get-respect-wherever-and-whoever-you-are