Have the person identify their impressions about cultural practices from the country in question.
Have your conversational partner or training attendees brainstorm all the impressions of the country they are going to. They can identify stereotypes, cultural practices, holidays, dressing styles, food habits, mannerisms, body language, family structure, or anything else they know or think they know about the new country and culture. As the expert of the culture, address as many issues as possible that have been bought out. If any delicate topics (such as hygiene, sexual harassment or others) have not been touched on by your conversational partner or trainees, find creative ways to broach the topics by related topics they have already mentioned.
Conversely, the discussion can be narrowed from the start by choosing a broad topic related to the delicate topic. For instance, “Tell me all you know about American professional appearance.”
In this way the delicate topic (ex. hygiene) is not highlighted prominently and given as part of many other cultural tidbits and etiquette tips. It can also be mentioned that use of local behaviors abroad in that particular country can help the locals relate to you better which helps create a better impression.
Tip submitted by an International Student Advisor in a US Institution.
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Jennifer Kumar helps Indians work and communicate more effectively with Americans from India and within the US.