Tag: intercultural communication

The Italian Job: Network(ing) Failure at Its Finest

Sometimes I really bomb at this networking thing. The scene was a cathedral fellowship hall in Bologna, Italy in September last year. My chamber choir was visiting our Italian equivalent to put on a joint concert that evening. The Italians had put on a delicious spread of food for us before said concert started, and … les mer

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Integration in Norway: Mimicking or mocking a foreign accent?

Was I a victim of prejudicial accent bullying? Or am I being overly sensitive and over the top dramatic (read: ridiculous)? First: It happened again just yesterday. Hearing the doorbell ring down the hall at work, I’d gone to open up for a man arriving for a meeting with one of my office neighbors. Showing … les mer

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Integration: How to Move to Norway

If you’ve moved to Norway, learn something about Norway. Then tell Norwegians what you’ve learned. As often as you can. It doesn’t surprise me how little some newcomers know before moving here. I was certainly no expert on the ins and outs of Norwegian life before getting off the plane at the Oslo airport for … les mer

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Working in Norway: Don’t Say “Hello” in the Morning

I was recently on a website where foreign-born employees had been asked the following question: What is the most important unwritten rule in Norwegian workplace, which all work in Norway is based on? Readers were invited to guess the answer. The more serious suggestions: Don’t intrude on another’s personal space, position or beliefs Strive for … les mer

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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

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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

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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

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The Right Way to Think About Your LinkedIn Connections

Teaching a new topic is like trying out a new recipe. While you’re enthusiastic when starting out, looking at either what’s on your kitchen counter or who’s sitting out in your classroom, you also realize you’re probably going to mess at least some little part of it up. So when you take the first bite … les mer

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A Few Thoughts on a Foreigner’s Comfort Zone

A couple of weeks ago I sat in the audience listening to a professional speaker give a short motivational talk on among other things why it’s important for us to get out of our ‘Comfort Zone’. She told us different ways in which we could do this, ranging from the smaller scale – changing a … les mer

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Working in Norway: “Do Norwegians Like Foreigners?”

This surprise question left this particular course instructor at a momentary loss for words, and she’s still not satisfied with the eventual answer she gave in response to it. It happened during an (English) evening course called ‘Living and Working in Norway’ that I was running last month in Trondheim, a major city making up … les mer

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