Instructional Design for Training Programs in India

How can I organize an effective training presentation for my India based team? For a US culture training, I deployed a culture intelligence quiz. Each participant would take this quiz and analyze how they fit into the US culture. Designed by Westerners for a Western and predominately, American audience, this approach was a disaster in […]

How Do Indians Manage Time at Work?

I’m always intrigued when I see the watch commercial shown in this post. It’s not only because I like Hrithik Roshan in this ad, but I often wonder how many Indians chase time like he does in this ad.  Letting time dictate one’s actions seems to be to be more of an American approach than Indian approach.  Pointing […]

Connecting With Indians in the Training Room

The American guest speaker had filled the room in Kochi, India with curious and keen listeners. The opening of the speech, meant to enliven the group, was a joke not only particular to Americans, but particular to a certain part of the US.   And, with that opening most of the listeners already disconnected.  That […]

Phrasal Verbs, Idioms and Slangs: A Comparison

Communicating in English is difficult if it’s not your native tongue. There are verbs to conjugate, grammar to master, vocabulary to internalize, and pronunciation to nail. You can hover over books and practice all you want, but it’s a completely different story the first time you communicate with a native speaker. Suddenly you realize that […]

Coordinating Meetings at end of Daylight Savings Time

Let us help you work effectively on virtual teams with US Americans. On the first Sunday morning of every November, Americans change their clocks to end daylight savings time.  Typically, the time change happens at 2 am. Instead of it being 2 am, it will be 1 am. Everyone gains one extra hour of sleep. […]

Why Do Some Team Members from India Not Speak Up in Meetings?

If you work on a global software team, there is a good chance some of your dispersed team members are in India. While teams of three to ten or more may be on the phone with you and your team based in the US, often you may converse with only one or two of the Indian […]

How Do Indians and NRIs Celebrate Diwali in the U.S.A.?

While Indians living outside India say there is nothing like celebrating Diwali in India, Indians worldwide celebrate Diwali with fanfare regardless of where in the world they live! Indians living outside of India are called Non-Resident Indians, or NRIs. Indians are admired world wide by many for being able to adapt to their host country […]

Cross-Cultural Misunderstandings in US India Business Relationships

Forming relationships between cultures is rewarding, and at the same time, challenging. Often times, going into another culture as an adult, we have to put all our assumptions aside about how the world works, because it will work very or totally different in another country! There are several types of situations that may cause some […]

Idiom Meaning: “All Over the Place”

The client told us that the meeting was “all over the place”. Is this a good thing?   Typically, this is not a compliment. When an American (or an English speaking Westerner) would say something is ‘all over the place’, they are communicating that they can’t find order, logical thought, or process in what is […]


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