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October 31, 2014

How to Train in India?

When I, as an American, delivered my first training program in India in 2011, I delivered it like I would have if I were in the US, and in a way Americans would appreciate.  

Jennifer Kumar in Kochi, 2014.
As I was told by a wise friend once, "You can do only what you know." 

That experience quickly taught me I had to learn much more about India to be successful in India. That was almost four years ago, and I feel I have come a long way since then, even identifying aspects of the work culture I have adjusted to and like. Though that is true, I have a lot more to learn. The learning never ceases! 

Recently I came across an article called, "34 Tips for Training in India." I would like to share my own feedback on this author's apt learnings from my own experience. As he has listed 34 tips, and that is quite a lot, I will break up my feedback and reflections into a series of posts. I will break up the tips into sections quoting from the article.

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Authentic Journeys: Bridging Culture on Virtual Teams

We help build effective, culturally competent global teams with focus on the cultures of the USA and India. Jennifer Kumar, Managing Director, an American citizen, has almost 10 years experience living, studying and working (owning a business) in India. Authentic Journeys Consultancy is registered as a Private Limited in India (Kerala) and an LLC in the USA (Salt Lake City, Utah). We provide onsite and live-online instructor-led courses, facilitation and corporate coaching.