A Definition of Global Communication

by Daniel Tolliday; Updated September 26, 2017
Global communication is an integral part of understanding different cultures.

Global communication is the ability to provide and access information across cultures through speaking, listening, or reading and writing. Global communication skills are particularly vital in a business environment, where language and cultural barriers can impact efficiency.


Global communication consists of internal and external communication forms. Internal communication relies upon messages delivered from within the business to those associated with it, such as a CEO's message to employees. External communication is focused on messages delivered outside the business environment, often internationally.


The role of global communication changed in the 20th century. This was particularly evident after the Cold War when technological advances were on the rise and the importance of communication and international relations was just being recognized.


Global communication has become increasingly significant as globalization has evolved. U.S. relations with China, for example, have been improved dramatically in the areas of trade and cultural understanding.

About the Author

Daniel Tolliday has been a freelance writer and editor for nearly 10 years. He was the manager of editorial services for FastWeb Inc and has also worked for many news websites where he edited and published online copy. He holds a Master of Letters in liberal studies from Central Queensland University.

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