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5 American Behaviors Considered Rude</br>in Other Areas of the World

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5 American Behaviors Considered Rude
in Other Areas of the World

Different cultures have different customs. Even simple things, such as hand gestures, can have entirely different meaning in other areas of the globe. When visiting an international destination, or meeting with a diverse group of colleagues, it is important to understand how your non-verbal behaviors may be interpreted in effort to avoid being rude and…
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3 Tips to Overcome Language Barriers

Meeting a new colleague or potential client can be stressful. It’s likely you’ll be even more anxious if the person is from a different country and speaks a different language. Being anxious is understandable, but that should not limit having a successful meeting. There are three simple tips you can use to overcome the language…
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3 Reasons You Should Be Talking About Culture

We all have our own unique cultures that result from a variety of factors including our upbringing and nationality. There are a number of benefits to having culture-focused discussions regularly. Here are five of the most important reasons: Each discussion is an opportunity for education. Every time we discuss culture, we can learn something new….
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3 Influences on Your Unique Culture

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines culture as “the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations.” Cultures arise from and are influenced by a variety of factors that cause each particular person’s culture to vary, even if only slightly, including: Our Generation Culture…
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Why Diversity Training Must Be Partnered with Inclusion Strategies

Training Employees to Harness the Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion The definition of diversity has shifted in recent years to encompass the many characteristics, both implicit and acquired, which define individuals – race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, education, accessibility, sexual orientation, and developed communities. As Millennials are now a majority of the workforce, Generation Y…
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Avoid Failure Abroad: Adapt Your Company’s Offerings for International Customers

Many businesses that expand internationally fail. A number of reasons can contribute to failure; however, one of the simplest methods to avoid an international misstep is to learn about your new customers. Knowing who you’re selling to will not only tell you how to position and market your product but also what changes you must…
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When You Need to Handle Business Cards With Care

In North America exchanging business cards is a typical component of networking and interacting with other business professionals. It is quite common to stash the business cards you’re handed in a pocket or purse moments after receiving them. This is acceptable, even expected, in North America. However, if you’re meeting with international colleagues or potential…
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3 Reliable Sources for International News

When expanding your business across the globe, it is imperative to know the world’s happenings and business climate. If you’re not looking to expand globally in the near future, knowing what is happening in the world around you is still vital to be a successful businessperson and citizen of the world. Many news sources provide…
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