There, time is seen as moving endlessly through various cycles, becoming and vanishing.
Time stretches far beyond the human ego or lifetime.
In the other, time begins with the present moment and extends into the horizon in which the matters at hand will be decided.
Neither side felt satisfied with this first meeting.
This may mean many conversations in a moment (such as a meeting in which people speak simultaneously, "talking over" each other as they discuss their subjects), or many times and peoples during one process (such as a ceremony in which those family members who have died are felt to be present as well as those yet to be born into the family).
A good place to look to understand the Eastern idea of time is India.Effective intercultural communication is a vital skill for anyone working across countries or continents, including those working for multinational companies either in their home country or abroad (expatriates).It is also crucial for anyone working with people from other cultures to avoid misunderstandings and even offence.We make -- whether it is clear to us or not -- quite different meaning of the world, our places in it, and our relationships with others.In this module, cross-cultural communication will be outlined and demonstrated by examples of ideas, attitudes, and behaviors involving four variables: As our familiarity with these different starting points increases, we are cultivating cultural fluency -- awareness of the ways cultures operate in communication and conflict, and the ability to respond effectively to these differences.An example of differences over time comes from a negotiation process related to a land claim that took place in Canada.First Nations people met with representatives from local, regional, and national governments to introduce themselves and begin their work.Intercultural communication skills are those required to communicate, or share information, with people from other cultures and social groups.While language skills may be an important part of intercultural communication, they are by no means the only requirement.Robert's Rules of Order, observed in many Western meetings, enforce a monochronic idea of time.In the East, time feels like it has unlimited continuity, an unraveling rather than a strict boundary.