Cultural Preparedness®

Cultural Preparedness is not usually a separate program.  It would be part of a Language Immersion or Cultural Immersion Program.

Brief Description

• For All (Executives, Teachers, and anyone who wants to know what to do and what to say in different situations.  Also hand gestures, body language.

The days of laughing at the “ugly American” are over.  Whether it is in Board Room or in the School Room, we are expected to know what to say or what to do (better said, what NOT to say and what NOT to do) in different situations.

• If you are an Executive or Professional, you want to make a good impression.  Even if your language skills are not the best, you want to communicate with your clients.  Every country has its idiosyncrasies.  You need to know the standard greetings, the standard topics of conversation.  Find out “what is going on,” the politics.  You will be culturally prepared and not culturally awkward.

• If you are a teacher and have students from different countries in your classroom, you need to know how to speak with parents of your students.  You need to know what to say and what not to say.  It is not a question of having excellent language skills; that can take a long time.  You need to know the proper vocabulary, proper “buzz words,” how to politely criticize and praise, etc.  A little bit goes a long way.

• Are you a visitor to a country (FLSAS does not like the word “tourist”)?   You want to do more than see buildings and eat in tourist restaurants.  You want to meet people locally.  Cultural Preparedness can help you to find conversation starters (you do not need to speak fluently, just a few words).  Be culturally prepared.  Ask about sports teams, local restaurants, etc.  A little bit goes a long way.

• Cultural Preparedness is different for each personal situation.

Additional Information

This is usually not a separate program unless specifically requested. If and when requested, it is part of a language immersion or cultural immersion program.

Number of Participants:
One or Two in the same program.  It is possible to arrange for more participants.
Length of Program:
One week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, etc.  Part of the language immersion or
Dates / Time of Year:
At your convenience throughout the year.
Different Categories / Levels of Comfort:
Standard, Standard/Plus, Superior/Business, Luxury.
Proficiency Levels:
From Absolute Beginner to Near Native Speaker.
Countries / Locations:
Over 40 Countries Worldwide – many cities, regions.  See Countries.

 

 Most Important:

This is a cultural program; an exchange of cultural ideas.  You are there to learn the differences, to compare cultures, to learn what to say, what not to say.  What topics are open to discussion, what subjects should not be brought up. Be open to new ideas.  There is no universal right way to do things; there are many right ways to do things.  There are many wrong ways of doing things.