Do you work with clients in English-speaking countries?
Resources: Notes on Life and Language in the United States
Are you getting ready to deliver a professional presentation in English?
As an international professional in the U.S., do you attend business meetings with your American colleagues every week?
Perhaps every day?
How do cultural differences affect your ESL classes?
What's the fastest way to lose a business deal? Not understanding the norms and communication styles of the people you are working with.
As an international professional working in the United States, let's imagine that you are about to negotiate with your American clients for a new project.
Although the future of the U.S. as a world leader is looking more and more questionable, American universities are still a major destination for international students.
There is something missing in the field of English training for international professionals today. The aspect that is missing is so important that I would even suggest if your English trainer is not implementing it, he or she is out of date and out of touch with your needs.
"Culture" is a word that can be defined in so many different ways. So when we talk about how culture causes confusion and challenges between professionals in the workplace, it is sometimes hard to know what that really means. Well, it can mean a lot of different things! In today's article, we will talk about some of the areas where you might run into challenges when you work with colleagues from different parts of the world. By the way, culture is not just about countries! Culture can also vary by region, gender and age! To avoid stereotyping and generalizing, try to think about where you, as an individual, fall on these dimensions and how that might be different from your colleagues and team members at work.
What are the major cultural communication differences between the US and your country? Many international professionals and university students focus entirely on their English skills and they forget about the ways in which culture influences their communication style. An advanced student of English in the business world or in academia will not be successful in the US without understanding his or her own cultural communication style and having some knowledge of the cultural norms, values, assumptions and communication styles in the United States. In today's post, we have an interview with Hye Jyu, a university student from Korea who is currently studying in the US. She shared some interesting points about how Koreans communicate differently from Americans. Keep reading to learn more and improve your cultural competence!
Topics: Intercultural Communication