blog: cross-cultural training

Our blog keeps you informed about the cultural characteristics of different cultures and countries. This will ensure that you have the most up-to-date background knowledge, including information on such topics as negotiations in China, leading employees in Brazil or successfully writing e-mails with Italians. Furthermore, you will get the latest news about cross-cultural communication and cross-cultural training.

In case you’re interested in seminars, workshops or coaching on these topics, here’s an overview of our services, which we offer worldwide.

Social Etiquette in the USA

Americans measure the world by somewhat different standards. A simple example of this is literally the units they use to measure. While most of the world uses centimeters, meters and kilometers, Americans use inches, feet and miles. Other examples include how they handle sexuality, nudity and alcohol, which are rather hidden in everyday life, even if the media world suggests otherwise. The topic of weapons is also much more present in America. But where do these different views and standards come from? Continue reading

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Typical German + global business = success?

A shortage of specialists is seriously affecting the German economy right now, and it will continue to do so over the next few years. Contact between German employees and specialists from abroad will thus presumably become much more important in the coming years. In today’s blog post, we’d like to give you an introduction to certain German behaviors that, in some circumstances, can lead to conflicts and misunderstandings when it comes to coming in contact with other cultures. Continue reading

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Negotiate like in 1,001 Nights

The industrialized countries in the Arab world – countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – have registered significant economic growth in recent years. Countries from Europe are constantly finding new sales markets there. Negotiations with potential customers and future business partners from these countries are thus extremely important. In order for you to be as competently prepared for these cross-cultural situations as possible, we’d like to provide you with some information about conducting negotiations in the Arab world in today’s blog post. Continue reading

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Business meals in the land of the moose

Experience has shown that a relaxed atmosphere, pleasant conversations and the enjoyment of good food help intensify and strengthen business relationships. In this article, we’d like to introduce to you some important cultural characteristics regarding business meals in Sweden. Continue reading

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Business meetings in Great Britain

Business meetings are largely considered a key element of corporate communication on the British Isles. They can vary in style, but they’re nevertheless a crucial component in the United Kingdom’s business world. In this article, we’d like to introduce you to a few important cultural characteristics with regard to meetings in Great Britain. Continue reading

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Merī Kurisumasu – Christmas in Japan

Shortly before the holidays, we wanted to address the topic of Christmas and look into a country that, at first glance, exhibits little relation to this Christian celebration: Japan. Contrary to many assumptions, Christmas is celebrated enthusiastically there, and it’s celebrated in a very unique way. Continue reading

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Giving gifts in China

Christmas is just around the corner, and we’ve been wondering whether you’ve already bought all your Christmas presents for your business partners. This led us to today’s blog post about gifts in the People’s Republic of China. Continue reading

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Successfully doing business in Poland

The cultural differences between Poland and some Western European countries can seem surprisingly substantial. You should keep certain cultural characteristics in mind in order to establish successful business relationships, especially if you’ll be carrying on intensive business contacts and negotiations. Today’s blog post is about what to take into consideration when it comes to contact with Polish business partners. Continue reading

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