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Integration in Norway: Find Your Tribe

Integration in Norway: Find Your Tribe

We were talking this week about what different people – in this case non-Norwegians attending my Intercultural Communication at Work course – think about the term ‘integration’. What did it really mean to them? A woman raised her hand and asked, “What do you think? Is it okay to hang around with people from your… Les mer

North Sea Decommissioning: Norway’s New Oil Adventure?

North Sea Decommissioning: Norway’s New Oil Adventure?

Have you ever wondered where old oil platforms go to die? Not being any oil industry insider myself, I’d not thought a whole lot about this question until putting together a presentation two months ago about how oil-producing Norway was handling its recent economic downturn. Not being any math person myself, I was easily impressed… Les mer

When Rude Isn’t Rude: Norway Scores Third Person Shutout

When Rude Isn’t Rude: Norway Scores Third Person Shutout

A shutout (US) is a game in which one team prevents the other from scoring any points. I teach a course called ‘Living in Norway’ for people new to the country. Its main aim is that by the time they walk out the door at the end of the evening, these newcomers will: ‘…understand Norwegian culture, behavior… Les mer

Job Applications: Why Do You Seek Approval?

Job Applications: Why Do You Seek Approval?

I’m teaching my CV/cover letter writing course tomorrow morning, and I already know what will go wrong. Not wrong, exactly, but where I’ll meet the most resistance and get the most questions from my course takers. This moment comes around slide 8, when I insert the following question somewhere into my instruction: Why do you… Les mer

Tell me: What’s the short version of your (working) life?

Tell me: What’s the short version of your (working) life?

Have you ever thought about practicing how to tell someone about what you do at work? When holding courses for foreign-born people like myself who are working in Norway, I advise them to practice and perform giving the short version of their life story. Why the short version? Because you should be aware that when… Les mer

Making New Connections: (How to) Write a LinkedIn Message

Making New Connections: (How to) Write a LinkedIn Message

You need to write a message every time you send someone a connection request. You really do. Just clicking ‘Connect’ and expecting a positive response isn’t going to cut it anymore. Maybe it used to, but as LI activity is heating up, more people are getting choosier about accepting the increasing number of requests coming… Les mer

First Impressions and Foreigners: Which Language Should You Speak?

First Impressions and Foreigners: Which Language Should You Speak?

As often happens when I’m running a course, what’s said by participants is much more interesting and thought provoking than what I say at the front of the classroom. At my most recent course – Intercultural Communication in the Workplace – held last week in Stavanger, Norway, a comment that generated the session’s most lively… Les mer