This cultural literacy course will:
- Prepare participants to work in another culture.
- Suggest tactics for addressing common reactions to living and working in a different country.
- Offer practical tips for following expected etiquette and cultural norms.
When you pack your bags and set off to live in a new country, eventually the thrill of the new wears off and the day-to-day reality sets in. Even people who view themselves as citizens of the world can experience stress when moving from one culture to another. This workshop shares coping skills for a range of challenges: information overload, language barriers, technology gaps, response ability, and other obstacles that can make overseas living difficult. The program also provides a fundamental culture briefing for the specific country to which the participants will relocate.
At this program’s conclusion, participants should be able to:
- Recognize the key elements of culture and cultural identity.
- Discover how to function effectively in another culture’s business environment.
- Avoid several communication breakdowns caused by cultural gaps.
- Understand how cultural differences can affect the negotiation process and its outcomes.
- Effectively manage cultural stress caused by living and working in a foreign country.
The following outline highlights some of the course’s key learning points. As part of your training program, we will modify content as needed to meet your business objectives. Upon request, we will provide you with a copy of participant materials prior to the session(s).
Leaving on a Jet Plane: Understanding Differences in a New Culture
You’re Not in Kansas Anymore: Handling Culture Shock
You Say Po-ta-to, I Say Po-tah-to: Understanding Basics
When “Yes” Means “Never”: Negotiating in Other Cultures
A Family Affair: A Team Effort
At this workshop’s end, participants should have a basic knowledge of the culture of the country to which they will be relocating. They should also be able to anticipate the experience they and their family will encounter as they settle into a new routine.