United States Culture Training

Coming to America: A Super-Sized Survival Session for Living in the United States

Course Outcomes

This course on American culture will:

  • Provide participants with an overview of American business custom.
  • Explain workplace norms in the United States.
  • Offer an overview of American slang and common idioms.
  • Give basic information concerning off-hours activities: shopping, banking, safety, networking, and so forth.

Course Overview

The culture shock of working in a new country is never easy, and the United States is no different. It’s big, diverse, and potentially overwhelming. This crash course in American culture is designed to ease the transition and prepare participants for living and working in the United States. The program is suited to companies, government groups, and educational institutions that routinely host international employees. The workshop is an ideal complement to basic relocation services.

Workshop Objectives

At this program’s conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Describe American business culture and many of the subcultures found in the United States.
  • Explain American business norms.
  • Describe common practices related to personal space, time, and formality.
  • Understand a range of American idioms and slang.
  • Explain how Americans view eating as a component of business and demonstrate proper dining etiquette.
  • Avoid taboo topics in the workplace.
  • Successfully navigate the world outside the office.

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 the participant materials prior to the session(s).

Course Outline

From Sea to Shining Sea: An Overview of Business in the United States

This program opens with a quick a review of the geographic regions of the United States and the cultures associated with each. Participants will learn about national norms and regional variations in business customs, language, food, dress, and recreational interests. During this discussion, group members will begin to understand what distinguishes one region from another and how to survive in any.

Smooth Transition: Meeting Expectations at Work

This part of the program explores business norms and acceptable workplace behavior. Through a range of activities, we will look at basic telephone etiquette, professional email practices, office conduct, personal grooming conventions, and taboo subjects best avoided in the workplace.

Another Time, Another Space: Understanding Promptness and Personal Space

In this course component, participants will practice “reading” American body language as a way of enhancing their understanding of verbal communication. We will also discuss expectations related to time, personal space, and formality. 

There’s English and Then There’s American English: An Introduction to U.S. Usage

Textbook English is not typical conversational American English, and for participants who have learned British English, what they have studied will not always square with what they hear in the United States. This part of the program covers commonly used American idioms and slang expressions that are not routinely taught in formal academic settings. 

Let’s Eat: Business Socializing and Dining in the United States

In this workshop segment, participants will explore the basics of American business entertaining and dining. From table settings to table manners and company picnics to corporate cocktail parties, participants will learn how to scale the slippery slope of business networking and entertaining fuctions. 

Getting Along: Surviving After Hours

The final part of this program looks at navigating the world outside the office. We’ll discuss a range of topics: shopping, banking, driving, safety, and skills for developing a strong personal network.

At the conclusion of their workshop, participants will have an understanding of American culture, especially as it pertains to business behavior and expectations. 

Available Formats

  • Half-Day Training Course

Onsite Training Course Reminders

Our instructor-led training courses are available to private groups.  These workshops are not offered in a public seminar format.  Please contact us to speak with a facilitator about your needs and bringing training to your organization.

We offer training in the District of Columbia and the following US states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

We also travel to Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Central America, Continental Europe, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom.

Please contact us about your location.

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