American Business Culture Savvy Seminar - Part I

Are you in the dark about why your American colleagues say what they say and do what they do?  For example, why do Americans single out an employee for praise during a team meeting? Why are they so quick to tell you about their achievements?

American Business Culture Savvy explores American values and motivations in categories such as risk/caution, direct/indirect communication, an equality/hierarchy, which leads to specific workplace behaviors, such as:

  • Making decisions quickly with incomplete information
  • Being comfortable with changing plans at the last minute
  • Having strong policies against sexual harassment
  • Hugging sometimes, instead of shaking hands
  • Leaving off the greeting at the beginning of an email

Who should take this seminar?

  • Highly recommended for every new expat associate during the first two months after arrival
  • Beneficial for experienced expats who want strategies for better working relationships
Part I - Thursday, January 18th
  • 9:00 – 12:30 p.m. at BMW
  • Three-hour seminar (one-time session)
  • Instructor:  Rebecca Small
  • English Level:  Intermediate
  • Class size:  minimum 5, maximum 8
Part I - Thursday, April 12th
  • 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Wetzel Services
  • Three-hour seminar (one-time session)
  • Instructor:  Rebecca Small
  • English Level:  Intermediate
  • Class size:  minimum 5, maximum 8
American Business Culture Savvy Seminar Part II

ABC Savvy Part II expands the cultural explanations begun in Part One and then applies the cultural insights to specific workplace behaviors.  First we build on the Cultural Dimensions covered in Part I, adding other values such as

  • Time Orientation
  • Trust Building (task vs. relationship)
  • Communication Style II (evaluating, disagreeing, and persuading)

Finally, we apply the Cultural Dimensions framework to analyze specific workplace behaviors, aiming first to understand what is driving the difference, and then to establish concrete personal strategies to bridge the gaps.

Part II - Thursday, January 25th
  • 9:00 – 12:30 p.m. at BMW
  • Three-hour seminar (one-time session)
  • Instructor:  Rebecca Small
  • English Level:  Intermediate
  • Class size:  minimum 5, maximum 8
Part II - Thursday, April 26th
  • 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Wetzel Services
  • Three-hour seminar (one-time session)
  • Instructor:  Rebecca Small
  • English Level:  Intermediate
  • Class size:  minimum 5, maximum 8

“We discussed situations which happen to everyone who has moved from German/Europe to the U.S., and everyone shared their experience, which made a good team conversation. 

Rebecca’s personality encourages people who are still a litlte uncomfortable with the new language and environment to actively participate in a conversation.” 

-German Expat Manager

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About The Instructor

Rebecca began her language-teaching career in China in 1997 and has been hooked ever since.  She holds a BA in English with a minor foreign languages (Greek, Hebrew, and Spanish), and a Masters in Linguistics from the University of South Carolina.  Her linguistic studies focused on Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics.  She also holds a graduate certificate in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) from USC.   She joined Wetzel in 1998 as a teacher and later became Language Director.   She’s been  teaching advanced ESL, American culture, and business writing for almost 20 years – and looking forward to many more.

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