Technology has transformed the world into an oyster. Today, the business environment has become a diverse workplace, while the world has morphed into one vast marketplace.
While this situation promises enormous business potential, multi-cultural differences still pose some problems when communication is not handled properly. At the same time, expats have to learn to adjust to the new customs and way of life in a strange country. Learning the language is not enough. In business and social settings, expats will have to learn to cope to succeed. Practicing international etiquette, therefore, has become a necessity to navigate successfully through the intricacies of cultural differences.
This comes to the fore especially as ASEAN readies for integration as a community in 2015. The 10-member regional organization that started out to promote trade in the region has forged stronger ties while moving toward sustainable peace, justice, progress, and development. Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO explains, “Invariably, communication becomes a challenge when people of various cultures meet and work together. People do not speak the same language. They come from different backgrounds, and so sense the world differently. The key is to optimize communication through International Etiquette. It is a prerequisite skill for statesmen, expats, sales, even public relations officers and, marketing executives who interact with foreigners. The program starts with building one’s knowledge on world views and cross-cultural communication, and moves on to applying global practices, backed by experiential and meaningful learning that form part of our 2-day workshop.”
TalkShop’s International Etiquette takes government top brass, expats, and executives through a substantive and engaging program that focus on the social aspect and behavioral protocols of cross-cultural cultural communication. Call TalkShop at 894-5588 or visit www.talkshop.ph to reserve your seat in our International Etiquette workshop.