My US Client is My Friend, Do I Still Say ‘Excuse Me’?

Yes. But, don’t stop reading here.  While learning about group discussion etiquette and mannerisms with American colleagues, many Indians ask me, “Do I have to still be so formal even if the American client and I become casual or friendly? Do you still say “I’m sorry” or “excuse me” if you interrupt your client or […]

Paycheck Deductions in the US

For international assignees and expats in the US that earn in US dollars, understanding your pay stub, deductions and take home pay can be overwhelming and confusing. I have found a few videos that will provide a basic introduction on how to read pay stubs. Keep in mind that pay stubs and deductions can vary […]

Tips on Handling Calls with US Clients

Whether you are new to attending calls with US clients or have been doing it for some time, here are a few tips that can get you started or refresh you to improving the flow and feel of calls with Americans.  Time Management Always be on time! If you are a moderator, enter the room […]

3 Mistakes South Asians May Make With US Clients & Solutions

There are many types of Indians, just as there are so many types of Americans. True, right? But, there are certain characteristics that can communicate a lack of care or patience when interacting with Westerners, especially Americans that some Indians could take note of to improve cross-cultural team building skills with American teams. Interrupting  Interrupting […]

Moving to the U.S. – 8 Handy Tips

Submitted by Doron Talegaonkar   What are some ways I can adjust to my new life in the US a little easier? Talk slow and clear English. Accent doesn’t matter but be precise when you talk about or present anything. While going to a downtown area of any city in the evenings make sure you […]

Does Your Company Have an Expat Relocation Strategy?

“What are two or three things our company can do to assure more successful international assignments to the US?”   This is a common question that many companies pose to me in the training needs analysis. Relocating employees is a huge expense and risk. Employees often do not see the entire cost in terms of […]

How DST Impacts Indian Offshore Teams

If you work onsite in the US or an American working with Indians, this post will give a glimpse into how those in the subcontinent handle the time change.  What do Indians Think of DST?  Daylight Saving Time is not observed in India. Due to this, there is some confusion with Indians new to global […]

Expat in India – What is it like to live as a foreigner in India?

India, Where Anything, Everything and Nothing Can Disrupt Your Plans. By: Jennifer Kumar Originally published in 2015.  Village girls in a remote village in Tamil Nadu giggled at us and passed comments on how weak we city girls were as my classmate and I together carried one bucket of water back to our rural camp. […]

Role of Potluck Parties in the NRI and Expat Culture

Potluck parties are a common feature in the Non-Resident Indian (hereafter, NRI) culture in America. The ‘culture shock’ and learning curve of such parties has even been brought out in NRI novels such as ‘India Was One.’ When many NRIs land in the USA, they want to get together, socialize, and most importantly eat. These […]

Ordering at a Fast Food Restaurant in the US

“I did not order inside a fast food restaurant until I was in the US for a few years!”   “I did not even attempt to use a drive through for several years after living in the US!”   These are a few answers my friends from India had to the questions, “How long did […]

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