Better communication in international teams

Successful configuration of international collaboration

These days, “classic” intercultural seminars are no longer sufficient to set up international teams successfully. Knowledge of one's own characteristics and culturally-acquired thought patterns are more important than knowledge about particular cultural attributes. In our seminar, the participants learn about their personal identity to better understand and respond more sensitively to partners in their team; learning to ask others questions, follow all paths of communication more attentively, and interpret and use them more effectively. In this respect, we use an interdisciplinary, transcultural approach.

What does transculturality mean?

The intercultural approach assumes that cultures are separate from one another. As a result of this, it attempts to clarify and raise awareness for the differences between cultures. Transculturality, however, assumes that in a modern world, these distinct boundaries and classifications fade away to an increasing degree—or no longer exist at all. To be able to communicate effectively in a rapidly changing world, along with knowledge of possible cultural differences, this means that considerable flexibility, intuition and empathy are required.

 

Who benefits most?

Professionals and managers who work in and with international teams or who have international negotiating partners.

 

What are your benefits?

After the seminar....

  • you understand your personal cultural characteristics
  • you respond more attentively to partners from a different cultural group
  • you know what to do if you do not understand the other person straight away
  • you are optimally prepared for possible situations of conflict
  • you are able to adapt flexibly and spontaneously to the format of an international meeting
  • you are able to speak to international teams and negotiate with partners with self-confidence

 

Contents:

  • The rituals of human communication
  • The importance of personal cultural characteristics
  • Remembering and forgetting—strategies of our mind and our thoughts
  • Interculturality ./. Transculturality
  • Critical observations of possible discussion situations
  • Creating a methods toolbox
  • Interesting facts about the way of life and world of work in the Arab and Asian world

 

Methods:

Theoretical input is combined with practical exercises. We also work with audio-visual materials which, in turn, provide the basis for work in small groups. At the end of the workshop, each participant is equipped with their own individual methods toolbox for successful communication in an international team.