Tag: intercultural communication

Beyond Networking: Learn to Ask the Quality Question

On an average annual basis, thousands of employees in international companies spend thousands of hours attending courses, seminars, workshops, presentations, etc. about how to understand other people’s cultures, including their norms and values (the reason they do things the way they do). They attend these often compulsory training sessions so that they will become better … les mer


To Correct or Not to Correct: When Should Native Speakers Speak Up?

Foreign language learners in the global workplace make spoken and written errors in their new language on a daily basis. Quite often, at least in technology-driven companies, they have been hired because of their education and work background, and not their proficiency in their host country’s native language. While they coast along in English for … les mer


Techie Talk: Do technical presentations need to live up to their reputation?

“There’s truth in every stereotype” – or is there? People attending my course on intercultural communication seem to like discussing this statement, at times to a point of seemingly no return. They give examples to show why or why not they find these words to be true, and never do seem to arrive at any … les mer

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Stop in the Name of Workplace Inclusion

At a recent course on intercultural communication in the workplace, I had just given my ‘do’s and don’ts’ advice on how newcomers to Norway should never wait to take the initiative in starting up conversations with native speakers: “Don’t wait for them to talk to you, but rather bring up some topic that you have … les mer

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What Not to Say to a Foreigner

Don’t make fun of a co-worker’s accent Les mer

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What Not to Ask a Foreigner

Don’t you miss your familiy? Les mer

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The Unspoken Yet Real Reason You Didn’t Get Called For That Job Interview

I just finished reading an article on LinkedIn entitled, ‘The Real Reason You Didn’t Get That Job’ by LI Influencer Liz Ryan in which she lists five potential changes in the company at which ‘you’ have just interviewed that may have prevented ‘you’ from getting hired. These changes include having the company cut the position … les mer

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Interview Poker: The Danger of Keeping Your Cards (Too) Close to Your Chest

While a job interview should be a lively, interesting conversation between two professionals exchanging experiences and ideas, all too often it can turn into something resembling an interrogation of the jobseeker by the employer. Les mer

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How to Break My Language Barrier

Patience and Participation: The Keys to the Communication Castle? Over the course of a regular workday in the global workplace, several small and seemingly insignificant events may take place in the life of a foreign-born employee whose language is one other than that of the native population among which he/she works. This person has a … les mer

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Say What? Foreign Language Anxiety in the Global Workplace

The only thing worse than not understanding someone else when they’re speaking is having the feeling that you’re not making yourself understood when doing the same. Les mer

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