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Master Cross-cultural Communication When Doing Business in the Middle East 

by Renata Urban

Cross-cultural training for a particular country and general intercultural awareness and competence training to effectively communicate with others can help you avoid pitfalls and increase your success rate of doing business across borders and cultures.

This free webinar will focus on intercultural communication when doing business in the Middle East. I will be talking about culture, cultural perception, and intercultural communication in general and also discuss examples and practical applications of concepts of intercultural communication for doing business and communicating successfully in the Middle East in a dialogue with our special guest, Rose Sager, the Trade Representative at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Join us for this insightful webinar to help you expand your business activities beyond national borders and learn more about doing business in the Middle East.

DATE: Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
TIME: 11am – 12:00 p.m. EDT
COST: Free

To register for the webinar, click here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/master-cross-cultural-communication-when-doing-business-in-the-middle-east-tickets-152553839641

Free Webinar

Cross-cultural Communication and Global DISC 

When communicating with others, what is more important – culture or personality?

by Renata Urban

Missed the webinar? Watch the video here:

Learn more about personality, culture, cross-cultural communication, intercultural competence, Global DISC, and how to communicate successfully with others. In collaboration with the World Trade Center Palm Beach, I am starting a webinar series on cross-cultural communication, intercultural competence, and international business. Join me for the first webinar of our free webinar series:

DATE: Tuesday, March 16, 2021
TIME: 12-1:00 p.m. EST
COST: Free

All event registrants are eligible to win a FREE “Intercultural Communication Starter Kit”.

To read the article (part 1) and to register for the webinar, click here:

https://www.wtcpalmbeach.com/post/culture-or-personality

To read the article (part 2) and to register for the webinar, click here:

https://www.wtcpalmbeach.com/post/models-tools-dimensions

Join me for one of my FREE ONLINE Meetup Zoom sessions.

Group 1: FREE ONLINE International Language and Culture Meetup Group
https://www.meetup.com/Deerfield-Beach-International-Language-Culture-Meetup-Group/

This group of like-minded polyglots and global citizens meets online every last Friday of the month. Our upcoming meetings in May and June 2021 will be on:

Fri, May 28th (1-3pm EDT)
Fri, June 25th (1-3pm EDT)

I usually present a language and culture related topic, which leads to comments, questions, and group discussions. We cover topics related to multi-lingualism, different countries and cultures, relocating, or experiences abroad, and we share stories and help each other with recommendations, tips and tricks. Everybody is welcome!

If we have enough participants who speak another language and want to practice that language, I split the group into breakout rooms according to participants’ languages and interests.

SPECIAL TOPICS for each month:

MAY: PERCEPTIONS & ASSUMPTIONS IN INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Our personality, the culture(s) we are accustomed to and that we have learned to navigate, as well as ever-changing circumstances influence what perceptions we have, what assumptions we make, and how we behave and communicate based on those perceptions and assumptions. I will share some background information about this topic in a presentation to stimulate group discussion afterward. 

JUNE: LANGUAGE & CULTURE – HOW ONE INFLUENCES THE OTHER
There are many theories about the influence of language on culture and vice versa. I will introduce some of those theories including examples as well as observations from my own multi-lingual and multi-cultural life before inviting the group to share their stories and insights.

Learn something new and share your experiences with others.

Interested? Click on the link above, become a member of my MeetUp group, and register for a meeting. All meetings are ONLINE  (Zoom) and FREE.

Group 2: FREE ONLINE Meetup Language Club (German, ESL. TOEFL/ IELTS)
https://www.meetup.com/Online-Language-Intercultural-Training-Test-Preparation/

I offer different free language courses on this platform. Currently available is the following course:

FREE weekly ONLINE German beginners course

started on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021

will run throughout the year almost every Saturday (2:30pm EDT – 3:30pm EDT)

We started from scratch in January. If you already have some basic knowledge of German, you can still join the group. I also provide ‘newcomers’ with free course materials to catch-up, and one-on-one paid training sessions on request.

These free sessions are my way of giving back to the community and offering an opportunity to practice a foreign language in a safe, professional, and fun environment.

Interested? Click on the link above, become a member of my MeetUp group, and receive news about new groups throughout 2021. All meetings are ONLINE (Zoom) and FREE.

Global DISC Assessment, Report, and Coaching Session

From $300

Contact me for details:

www.RenataUrbanTraining.com/contact/

WHAT IS GLOBAL DISC?
It is an ICF accredited, multi award-winning behavioral model explaining how personality type AND cultural background influence all three layers of identity: WHAT, HOW, and WHY: WHAT we do, HOW we behave, and WHY we act, feel, and think the way we do.

WHO BENEFITS FROM A GLOBAL DISC ASSESSMENT?
Companies (executives, colleagues, international teams,  individuals) and private individuals/ couples.

HOW CAN GLOBAL DISC HELP ME?
Self-awareness is always the first step in successful communication at home and abroad, in business or in your private life, for yourself or for teambuilding. This is particularly important for virtual teams and businesses collaborating online. The lack of in-person contact makes trust and relationship building and communicating successfully even more important these days. Once you understand WHY you feel, behave, and react in a certain way, you can avoid conflicts with others, benefit from improved collaboration with others, and build successful teams. The intercultural aspect of Global DISC is particularly important for international teams, companies that have subsidiaries and/ or clients abroad, or individuals who work in an international environment.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND WHAT DO I GET?
The cost for one person is $300, $450 for two people, and $600 for three people. Prices for 4+ people and teams on request.
You will get access to an online questionnaire and you will receive an extensive report (approx. 40 pages) with your personal profile. In addition to that, you will get a 90-minute Zoom coaching session with me: a certified Global DISC practitioner and highly experienced intercultural and communication skills coach. This debrief will enable you to understand your Global DISC report and start your journey of communicating successfully with others. You will also get free access to a 3-month online training program to hone in on your newly acquired skills. Additional reports (country comparisons and comparisons with others), team debriefings, teambuilding sessions, and other more in-depths coaching sessions are available on request for an additional charge.

 

 

The Culture Map

Virtual Knowledge Series

Erin Meyer

FREE Webinar Series

Special event series for all interculturalists and those interested in intercultural communication. Erin Meyer, the author of ‘The Culture Map’, will be a speaker on this FREE Virtual Knowledge Series.

https://hubs.li/H0F6QFX0

Episode 1: Thu, February 11, 2021, 10:00 – 11:15am EST
Episode 2: Thu, March 18, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 am EDT
Episode 3: Thu, April 15, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 am EDT
Episode 4: Thu, May 13, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 am EDT
Episode 5: Thu, June 17, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 am EDT

Uncommon Sense in Unusual Times

by Csaba Toth

FREE Webinar

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uncommon-sense-in-unusual-times-webinar-tickets-150445627923

Mon, May 17th, 2021

10:00am – 11:00am EST

The uncommon mindset and Global DISC – the webinar is about sharing the latest insights, solutions and results. It is designed for coaches, trainers, consultants and leaders who want to be able to bring out the best in themselves, their team and clients.

The Culture Chat (bi-/ tri-weekly) hosted by the Interchange Institute

FREE platform for intercultural trainers and those working in an intercultural environment

Different topics every time.

Watch a video of a recent culture chat in which I participated:

https://interchangeinstitute.org/culture-chat

Learn more about the Interchange Institute:

https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-interchange-institute

Upcoming Meetings:

Wed, April 7th, 2021 (10:00 am – 11:00am EDT)

Describing your work effectively and marketing to skeptical recipients

Wed, April 21st, 2021 (10:00am – 11:00am EDT)

Your ‘a-ha’ moment abroad: based on cultural differences, describe the moment that made you truly realize that you weren’t at home anymore.

Wed, May 5th, 2021 (10:00am – 11:00am EDT)

Leveraging all of your intercultural skills and launching your career

Wed, May 19th, 2021 (10:00am – 11:00am EDT)

How social media and technology impact raising multicultural youths

News

What does a language teacher, intercultural coach, and communication skills trainer do?

I often get that question and was able to answer it on the Brian Rusk ESPN Radio Show ‘The Rusk Report’.

Listen in here:

https://www.radio.com/espn1520/hosts/the-rusk-report-with-brian-rusk

Articles on International Business and Cross-cultural Communication on the WTCPB website

As a partner of the World Trade Center Palm Beach (WTCPB) and a contributor, I am publishing articles on the WCTPB website on a regular basis starting January 2021. All articles are about international business, cross-cultural communication, and related topics. The articles will be accessible from my WTCPB profile page:

https://www.wtcpalmbeach.com/renata

Read my articles here:

https://www.wtcpalmbeach.com/post/protocol-vs-cultural-competence

https://www.wtcpalmbeach.com/post/the-1001-tales-of-normal-in-international-business

https://www.wtcpalmbeach.com/post/culture-or-personality

https://www.wtcpalmbeach.com/post/models-tools-dimensions

What I wish my Japanese colleagues knew about working as a foreigner in Japan

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200831-why-the-french-love-to-complain?referer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2F

Speaking multiple languages at home – a speech and language therapist talks about bilingualism

https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people/multiple-languages-slt/zj8fxbk

Book recommendation (Diversity & Inclusion)

Use your difference to make a difference by Tayo Rockson

The best description of the book are Tayo’s own words about his book. He says: “The goal of Use Your Difference to Make a Difference is to strengthen self-awareness, acknowledge biases, connect with others in a meaningful way, and celebrate the differences around us all. […] This book is a roadmap for navigating the path towards moral courage, compassion, and accountability. […] Culturally intelligent communicators realize that not everyone views the world through the same cultural lens, they do not perpetuate biases and stereotypes. […] This book provides you with the knowledge and the practical skills to transcend barriers, bridge cultures, and cultivate strong relationships with anyone, anywhere.”

Book recommendation (in German)

I think I spider (Ich glaube ich spinne) by Andreas Hock

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/friday-book-recommendation-german-i-think-spider-ich-renata-urban/?trackingId=12qNJ9aCwyrhY1q1bCCfLg%3D%3D

The best description of the book are Tayo’s own words about his book. He says: “The goal of Use Your Difference to Make a Difference is to strengthen self-awareness, acknowledge biases, connect with others in a meaningful way, and celebrate the differences around us all. […] This book is a roadmap for navigating the path towards moral courage, compassion, and accountability. […] Culturally intelligent communicators realize that not everyone views the world through the same cultural lens, they do not perpetuate biases and stereotypes. […] This book provides you with the knowledge and the practical skills to transcend barriers, bridge cultures, and cultivate strong relationships with anyone, anywhere.”

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