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Cross cultural competence

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If you are thinking of working abroad and want to avoid any cross cultural clashes, communications company SpeakFirst Training is designing a course to promote and maximise international working relationships. 'It is not about giving advice on dealing with a particular nationality, ' explains senior consultant Susie Kershaw, 'but rather encouraging people to consider the cultures they are working with - learning to value and respect the opinion of others'.

Presenting with cross cultural competence will, she adds, enable participants to refrain from using potentially offensive or confusing, 'culture bound references'. It is also designed to help participants monitor their vocabulary - to minimise the use of idioms, or avoid metaphorical language, and in turn help them appeal to a wider, international audience.

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