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Communication Skills and Cultural Differences Self-Study Guide

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Want to improve your people skills? Need to train staff in communication skills? Looking to overcome barriers to communication at work? Dealing with cultural diversity? If the answer is yes to any of these then why not download our free guide to cultural awareness?

Cultural awareness


Those who know our company know we are all about clear communication across languages and cultures. We apply the concept of "cultural awareness" to everything we do - whether its translation, interpreting, localization, website design or business training.

Through the training arm of our business, we have developed a strong global reputation for cultural awareness and business training courses focusing on getting real ROI out of businesses through their people.

We deal with a real range of companies across sectors, training different levels of people within different sized businesses. We have seen and done it all when it comes to cross-cultural training. Naturally, we have gained a lot of experience.

So we thought it was time to put that experience to good use. We are now very pleased to announce the release of a free self-study guide to improving your communication skills when working in a culturally-diverse environment.

culture and communication at work

The aim of the guide is to give a short and basic introduction to business communication and tips on improving communication skills for those working within an international or multicultural workplace. It is not by any means meant to be an all-encompassing guide to cultural awareness, intercultural communication, cultural competence or cultural diversity.  That would be too ambitious.

We have chosen to focus solely and specifically on communication as the skill we are trying to develop as this is one of, if not the, most fundamental aspect people must get right when working cross-culturally.

Through using the guide, users will learn to:

* Become more self-aware of their own communication style
* Communicate clearly, and
* Act appropriately with people from different countries/cultures

It addresses all aspects of business communication including written and oral communication skills.

Contents of the communication skills guide include:

* Communicating clearly
* Building your cultural knowledge
* Acting appropriately
* Adapting communication styles
* Making yourself clear
* Receiving feedback
* Writing notices
* Communicating with the English

Using the communication skills guide

The guide is 100% free to download and even use within a training environment. It can be applied in a number of ways. You can use it for self-learning or it as the basis for internal group training or discussions.

It follows a very simple logic; a question is presented to set the scene. Guidance is then given on how to overcome certain challenges and an exercise always follows to help consolidate knowledge learned.

Ready to download cross-cultural success?

To get your copy, all you need to do is click over to Cultural Awareness Manual.

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The Culture Vulture moved from Africa to work for Kwintessential back in 2007. His job is to fly around, keeping an eye on news, making sure you keep up-to-date with developments in the world of language, culture, localization and international business.