Communication styles differ from place to place. It is important to know how people communicate in a country that you visit. For instance, people in Japan tend to be very courteous and respectful. On the other hand, people in Italy may be very physically affectionate. These cultural differences should always be taken into account when visiting a different country. Let us take a look at how people communicate in Peru, in order to make your travel smooth and easy.
- Peruvians are very expressive and use body language while communicating. They may move their hands and speak rapidly, and may come across as energetic.
- People in Peru tend to avoid conflicts, and according to the Cultural Atlas, they score very high on Uncertainty Avoidance. This means, they may use indirect communication as a defensive approach towards conflict resolution.
- Most people tend to avoid conflicts, and may agree to what you say. Silent treatment is used when conflicts arise, but do not mistake this for disinterest.
- People tend to use a lot of nicknames, and may refrain from using formal names. The more nicknames a person uses, the more familiar a person is perceived to be.
- Formality is used to respect existing hierarchies. Peru is a very hierarchical society, and social class, age, authority etc. are taken into account while implementing formality.
- Peruvian people often tend to be tactile in nature, and may touch each other while speaking. This should not be misunderstood for something else.
- Most folks tend to stand close to each other, and personal space is rather limited. If someone comes close to you while talking and you move away, it can be perceived as rudeness.
- Eye contact is cherished and not maintaining constant eye contact is considered a sign of lack of interest. Do maintain eye contact but don’t start staring into the other person’s soul.
Are these communication styles different from your own culture? If so, how different are they? How do people in your culture behave in similar situations?