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Filler Words: Eliminate For Clearer Communication

Quite literally, perhaps words just got in the way of really clear communication. If you really want to get people to quite literally do really amazing things, it’s better to be really, very clear about the stuff that you talk about!   The above opening stuffs all of the words that author Shanna Mallon suggests […]

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Work for Some Time Onsite, Settle in India?

We’ve all heard it before. Maybe versions have been different over the years. Your friends want to come to the US to study or make money, but dream to settle back in India, but various forces keep them in the US.  1990s – early 2000s:  Declaration: “I’ll just go to the US, study, earn my […]

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Dining Tips with American Clients and Colleagues

Do you wonder what to talk about when going out to eat with your US colleagues? Maybe what you will eat or how you will place your order? Or, who pays or how much to leave as a tip? Or, if it’s happy hour or dinner, how to handle the question of alcohol? Read on […]

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Where to Live When Moving to India

If you are a foreigner relocating to India or coming to India temporarily as an expat professional, you will need to find a place to live. A few options are guest houses, homestays, PGs, service apartments, hotels, staff quarters, independent houses, and others. After reviewing all the types of housing, do take a look at […]

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Culture Shock Lessons from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

“An alien from outer space lands on another planet.” That’s how many of us expats and foreigners feel when in another country – it’s like an out–of-body experience. So many things are different, and we have to relearn all the things we thought we knew … all over again! Life in another country, in many […]

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4 Small Talk Tips For International Teams

“I moderate a meeting with team members from the US, UK, Dubai, Hong Kong and Guatemala. How can I start the meeting with small talk if everyone is from different countries, cultures, and doesn’t speak English as their native language?”  This is a good question. There are considerations to keep in mind while moderating international […]

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Common Questions in American English

When people speak at their regular speed, which is often fast for non-native speakers not used to the US accent, everyday, simple sentences sound like a foreign language.   Asking questions is one of the common conversational strategies in American English. In the video below, Ronnie teaches us some common questions used to start conversations […]

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Filling Up Cheques: USA vs India

Did you know that filling out checks is different in different countries? I learned this some years ago when tutoring Japanese students in the US. Now, living in India, I am slowly learning how to use bank accounts with Indian rules and etiquette. This post will demonstrate by the use of video tutorials the steps […]

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When Yes Doesn’t Mean Yes, I Agree or I Understand

Recently, in a cross cultural training with American colleagues and Indian offshore team members, one of the American colleagues asked,  “Why do Indians always nod their head and say yes? When does it really mean yes?”  One of the Indian participants said, “It means yes 80% of the time.”  To an American this is still […]

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Does an Impressive Title Make You a Good Manager?

Personality is what others see in you and not what we see in oneself. Every individual is different, and every person’s way of communicating with people is bound to be different. We interact with many people daily, may it be at our home, workplace, social gatherings or even at shopping centers. And what makes us […]

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