An insider’s guide to “Doing business with the Germans?”

An insider’s guide to “Doing business with the Germans?”

10/08/2017

A warm welcome to this month's guest blogger, Sandra Glowania, who has recently joined the LSIC team as a research intern. Sandra would like to share some insights into her home country’s cultural characteristics, how they affect business practices and what foreigners doing business with Germans should bear in mind to succeed.

Coming home: buckle up, turbulence ahead

Coming home: buckle up, turbulence ahead

27/07/2017

We are delighted to welcome July’s guest blogger and experienced intercultural trainer, Vanessa Paisley, who is going to share her experiences of coming home to the UK and reverse culture shock. Here is Vanessa's story.

Secrets to a successful webinar

Secrets to a successful webinar

21/07/2017

Webinars are a great tool for engaging with audiences from around the world and showcasing what you do. Viewers can access your presentation from wherever they are, without leaving their home or office. You can reach around 100 people or more, depending on the platform you use. However, if you are considering taking the webinar route, bear in mind that it is not always easy to deliver a great webinar, and you will encounter several challenges along the way. It can take a lot of time and effort to build an audience and of those who register, generally an average of 30% will actually attend the session live. So, you need to make sure that those who do attend are fully engaged and don’t drift away part way through your webinar.

London through an American Lens

London through an American Lens

29/06/2017

A warm welcome to this month's guest blogger, Alison Hanle, who has joined the LSIC team as the marketing and research assistant for the summer. She has explored the differences observed by herself and other American expatriates living and working in London and suggests some ways to prepare for these differences.

expatriate family

Culture shock in the expatriate family

23/06/2017

It may be when going away to study at university, moving to another city, switching from a small to a much larger organisation, or heading off on an expatriate assignment on the other side of the world, but most of us will experience culture shock at some point in our lives. We may not recognise what we experience as culture shock, and it may pass quickly. However, in some cases it can be profoundly challenging, with an impact on our families, our performance at work, and our general well-being.

Networking as a cross-cultural skill

Networking as a cross-cultural skill

25/05/2017

Are you a natural networker who enjoys the opportunity to meet new and different people or do you prefer to stand on one side chatting with people you already know? Does your heart sink when you walk into a room full of strangers or do you view the room as an exciting challenge full of potential business partners and interesting contacts?

“It ain’t what you say, it’s the way that you say it”

“It ain’t what you say, it’s the way that you say it”

26/04/2017

A warm welcome to Ben Swan, April’s guest blogger and a cross-cultural communication skills trainer with the LondonSchool Group. Ben is going to talk about the need to go beyond words to be a successful international communicator.

French culture quiz: How much do you know?

French culture quiz: How much do you know?

20/04/2017

On Sunday 23 April, the first round of what has been described as the most unpredictable French presidential election in decades will take place. 11 candidates will compete and unless one of them wins over 50% of the vote, the two with the highest number of votes will go through to a second round.

Same but different - The ABC of business culture in Australia

Same but different - The ABC of business culture in Australia

31/03/2017

We are very pleased to welcome this month's guest blogger, Fiona Koetsier, who is going to talk about her home culture of Australia and how it compares with the British way of doing things.

Active listening as an essential intercultural skill

Active listening as an essential intercultural skill

22/03/2017

Does this situation sound familiar? You are sitting on your weekly team conference call trying to explain an issue with a supplier that may have an impact on your project deadline. You can hear one of your colleagues typing, you can see your colleague across the office tipped back in their chair and you are fairly sure their mind is elsewhere. Your team manager seems to be sure of the solution before you have finished explaining the problem and has interrupted you several times already. Nobody is really listening to you and so it is not entirely surprising that later that afternoon you receive a couple of emails asking you about the situation with the supplier and your manager calls to ask if you have any doubts about reaching the deadline.

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