Country/Regional Executive Briefings 

(Half-day or full day session; business focus; no language training)

The key objective of these briefings is to provide executives and professionals with the knowledge they require to promote and maintain successful business and interpersonal relationships with their counterparts around the globe. 

Introductory background literature about each culture is provided and addresses important topics like significant historical and political events, appropriate and inappropriate actions and behaviors, verbal and nonverbal communication, greetings, dress, formality, eye contact, gestures, personal space and common business practices and etiquette. Further content is determined during the needs analysis session. Possible content may include:

Theory of Cross-Cultural Awareness & Understanding

Country Orientation

  • History
  • Geography
  • Economy
  • Government and politics
  • Cultural profile

Cross-Cultural Aspects of Doing Business

  • Customs
  • Meetings
  • Entertainment
  • Gift giving
  • Attire
  • Environment
  • Negotiating
  • Training and development
  • Power structure and hierarchy
  • Decision making

Living In-Country

  • Settling-in services
  • Living costs
  • Housing
  • Schools
  • Household help
  • Utilities
  • Appliances
  • Furnishings
  • Food
  • Clothing and personal care
  • Motor vehicles and driving conditions
  • Public transportation
  • Importing pets
  • Religious services
  • Entertainment

Money, Banking and Taxes

Health and Safety

Lodging, Dining and Leisure Activities

Practical Language Skills

U.S. Cross-Cultural Training

(Half-day or full day session)

For international executives and professionals and their families living and working in the United States, this workshop focuses on the information required to make a smooth transition. Topics include American business and management practices, American social characteristics and attitudes, and American communication styles. Session formats are typically a combination of lectures, case study reviews, simulations and role playing.

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