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How to Do Better in Cross-Cultural Communication

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

With the fast development of the whole world, people need to communicate with others of different cultures. And cultural communication may seem to be more difficult than the communication with people of the similar cultures. Because different cultures can make the habits and customs vary a lot. The following are some points on how to make the cross cultural communication more successful.

Firstly, you are required to get enough knowledge on their cultures. The best way is to have some practical experience to learn the culture which can make you have a better understanding on their native culture. Maybe you don’t have so much time to learn them. You can buy some books about the history, the customs, their festivals and the characteristics of the people.

Secondly, choose the right ways to show your respect to their culture. Showing your respect to others can make them more ease and also lead to successful communication. It is more proper to avoid tedious speech and you had better give the other person more opportunity to interpret. Sometimes, silence can be a good way to show respect. For example, when some serious issues are referred and a short time of silence show your thoughtfulness to the issues. Sometimes, the topic may be very familiar with you and you are urgent to share your special experience while the other people are talking about something. Interruption is expected to be acceptable in some cultures especially among men or equals. But it is not the case in the Northern European.

Thirdly, a successful conversation requires a good topic and proper humor when necessary. You should choose appropriate topic according to the culture. In some cultures, it may seem to be vulgar to talk about the politics. So, you had better get more knowledge on which topics will not arouse hostility but happiness. For different people, the sense of humor can vary a lot. If you really want to use some humors in communication, you must have deeper understanding of the cultures.

Although cultural differences may cause some difficulties in the communication, the best way to solve this problem is to get enough preparation before hand and pay enough attention to the important points in cultural communication. You can have a good conversation with the people of different cultures so long as you get better understanding of them as well as their culture.

Top 4 Best Rated Promotional Products to Market Your Business

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

1. T-Shirts

T-shirts with the company logo on it is a great way to attract customers and build your business. Potential clients and current customers will see the logo and understand what line of work you are in. If the logo stands out the people will always remember it, and keep it in mind when they want to hire the business’s services. It is also a good idea to give customers or potential customers free t-shirts that represent your business. People love free merchandise and when they wear the shirts, other people may ask them a question about the business. In reality your customers are advertising for you without even knowing it. This creates a lot of exposure and popularity for your business.

2. Hats/Caps

Hats or ball caps with the business logo on it can be a very rewarding promotional product that will help market and expand your business. Large quantities of people enjoy wearing caps or hats. Giving away hats to customers or potential customers will help the business. As stated above, the business owner can wear the hat and also give them out to current or potential customers. The customers can wear the hats or caps. Wearing the hats will have potential customers ask questions about the business and what the business does.

3. Writing Pens

Writing pens can often be overlooked, but if the business logo is a powerful image the pen may be a great business product. Pens are very cheap and can be given out to family, friends, customers, and potential customers. The pens, just like the hats or shirts, will market your business in a positive way.

4. Calendars

Creating business calendars can cost a lot, but also can help the business gain a lot of customers. The business can put their logo on the calendar and also offer special coupons that can be cut out of the calendar. The business can offer coupons during various months of the year. Not only will this method gain business, but it will also gain business during slower times of the year.