Blog

People doing business internationally, business travellers, expats, and fans of crosscultural skills around the world, this is the blog for you! Read all about successful business, countries and cultures!

Communication

Can small talk influence the success of negotiations?

The right choice of a conversational topic contributes to a mutual understanding and building trust necessary for business negotiations and cooperations. Our coach Eva Gaborikova explores how small talk can influence the outcome of business in different countries.

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Working internationally

Why business coaching really is for everyone

Some of the world’s most successful business leaders have relied on business coaching during their steep careers. But in today’s virtual world, business coaching really is accessible to everyone – and most beneficial when dealing with the many challenges of global business life.

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Interview

Flexibility, Authority, Obedience

Justin (55), originally from Romania, has been living and working in Saudi Arabia for 8 years. While he travelled across the world and started from scratch, he didn’t reprofile, but he stayed in his field, and now works as an assistant professor at a state university. We asked him about the transition and his experiences and challenges, both professional and personal.

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Working internationally

“I thought it was clear!”

Our coach Silke Irmscher illustrates why there is no common sense in crosscultural business communication. Read her 4 essential tips what to do when things are quite unclear!

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Culture

On the reality of just how different we are

The fact that inclusion specialists, intercultural trainers and professionals educated in intercultural competence have long emphasized: that we are not the same, has now become more than visible for literally everyone literally everywhere.

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Around the world

What new blood can gain from old tricks

There are certain skills in life that are considered elementary, that everyone must master them, however, nobody is perfect and there are certain times when you learn something at a slower rate compared to others.

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Culture

How hard it is to change – even if you have to

It is very hard to behave against your beliefs since they influence nearly everything you think and do. Our guest author Silke Irmscher shows what impact culture has on us and why people still put themselves at risk in times of COVID-19.

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Expat Life

What about the bitter expat?

Frustration is usually built up by the constant not meeting of expectations. And this can happen easily and often when you find yourself in a new place. Let’s look into it, what else makes the “bitter expat”?

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Expat Life

Connecting

When you move to a new place, the first thing that happens is that the world opens up. It’s like all of a sudden everything is possible, and everyone is a potential new friend.

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Interview

And if you are crazy enough …

Sabrina (27), originally from Sweden, is now working in Budapest as a localization manager and a yoga teacher – both of which are about the ability of constant adaptation, flexibility and strength.

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Expat Life

Keep in touch!

The dreading of emails, texts, chat and phone calls: this is one thing that almost every expat I talked to, mentioned at some point. And it is what I also felt almost a year into my new life after moving.

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Expat Life

Existential Migration

Unlike all the different sorts of forced migration, or simple wanderlust, existential migration has its roots in a deeper, existential need for the feeling of freedom.

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Crosscultural Skills

Be there or be square

So, my mother’s story goes like this: it was a lovely, warm summer evening and they were waiting for the famous yellow tram in Lisbon. The sign said that it was expected to arrive in seven minutes.

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Expat Life

Expats, share your stories!

Why you should go out there, and start talking, tell all the stories that run on and on in your head, without judging and/or censoring them. And listen to anyone who is willing to share theirs.

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