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Ask vs. Guess Culture Communication (RubyConf Portugal)

by Katherine Wu

Published October 27, 2016 in Programming

Have you ever been told you’re “too direct,” or feel like you don’t understand what others want? Or on the other side, do you think others are often too confrontational? These are Ask vs Guess Culture differences. Ask folks believe it’s ok to ask anything, because it’s ok to say no, while Guess folks prioritize not imposing on others. It’s a culture clash that isn’t often recognized, yet causes quite a bit of tension and frustration. This talk will cover the nuances of these different communication styles, as well as strategies for bridging the gap. Gaining an understanding of these differences and learning specific tactics for a professional context will make you a drastically more effective communicator.

This talk was presented at RubyConf Portugal 2016, ~32 minutes: https://youtu.be/vuF4FogSt3Y
Blog post: http://kwugirl.blogspot.com/2015/05/ask-vs-guess-culture-communications.html