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Identifying and Solving Cross-Cultural Mistakes

The second tip in a series of Tips on How to Broach Delicate Topics is to:  Compare and contrast cultural dos and don’ts (Identify social gaffes) Nobody wants others talking behind our back saying we messed up. We prefer to make a good impression from the get-go when going abroad, or hope when we make a mistake, […]

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Same Gender Trainers – Tips for Multicultural Trainers

The seventh tip in a series of Tips on How to Broach Delicate Topics is to: Use a coach or trainer that is the same gender whenever possible.   Though a majority topics can relate to both sexes – in some contexts and cultures men will receive the coaching better from a man, while women will […]

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Uncomfortable Discussions – 8 Ways To Start Talking

Not every situation is easy to talk about. Especially when getting used to another culture and facing culture shock, we encounter so many different things that catch us off guard. Things we thought we knew about suddenly don’t make sense anymore. Some things are easy to talk about; while others are not so easy to […]

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17 Out of the Box Networking Strategies

Connecting people with other people or things they benefit from as well as doing things we are passionate about can provide ample opportunities for networking. I will share 15 ways I have networked without thinking it was networking! 1. Helped Someone 2. Asked for Someone’s Help 3. Wanted to know more about someone  4. Take […]

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Preparing Offshore & India Based Teams to Work with US Americans

Authentic Journeys provides cross cultural business training for:  Indians in India working Offshore with Onsite US Clients, Stakeholders, and Colleagues Indians and other foreign professionals working or studying in the US  Expats on international assignment across the US  International students starting their career in the USA  Americans working and living in India Americans working with […]

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5 Steps for Networking

Networking is nothing but building relationships while progressing through our career. Networking is an art. We should be mindful of how to network effectively to build a good web of relationships that is mutually beneficial for ourselves as well as those in our network. I have identified five steps in effective networking. We will look […]

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How to Walk On the Stage While Presenting

Do you want to be a participant in a training program or a presentation where the presenter stands stiff in one place all throughout? Of course not! If you said yes, I guarantee you are lying or just saying that to be nice. Or, you’ve blocked out the last boring presentation out of your mind […]

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Lecterns – Help or Hinder a Presentation?

If there is a lectern in your presentation area, how do you utilize it?   How you stand along with the lectern impacts how the audience connects with you and your message.   Take a moment to contemplate these questions: Who are some of the best public speakers you have seen? How did they use […]

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Mother Tongue Influence – Accent is more than Language, it’s Culture!

“I want to sound like a native speaker. Help me reduce my mother tongue influence!”  Many believe this MTI or mother tongue influence will reduce or disappear by learning English phonetics. Some prospective clients want to focus only on sounds – how to make an American R or how to distinguish V and W or […]

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What time is considered “late” to US American Clients?

“Stress the importance of time when working with Americans.”  “Don’t start the session late.”   “If the participants understand anything from the training you give, they should understand not to be late!”   The most polished preparation or organized meeting agenda can impress, but if you or your team starts the meeting late, your good […]

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