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Cross-Culture Business (CCB) Seminar - Part I

Are you in the dark about why your international 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?

Cross-Culture Business Seminar explores how the American business mindset differs from our international counterparts in categories such as risk/caution, direct/indirect communication, and equality/hierarchy, and how this 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, Sept. 6
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: BMW Plant
Part I: Thursday, Nov. 1
Time: 4:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Wetzel Services (Downtown)
Cross-Culture Business (CCB) Seminar - Part II
CCB II builds on the cultural dimensions covered in Part I, adding other values such as
  • Time Orientation
  • Trust Building (task vs. relationship)
  • Communication Style (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 gap.
Part II - Thursday, Sept. 20
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: BMW Plant
Part II - Thursday, Nov. 15
Time: 4:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Wetzel Services (Downtown)
Class Details
  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Instructor: Rebecca Small
  • English Level: Intermediate
  • Class Size: minimum 5, maximum 8
  • Customized one-day seminars with other dates and locations available upon request!

“We discussed situations which happen to everyone who has moved from Germany/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 little 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 in 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.

We look forward to helping you improve your language and intercultural skills! Get in touch with us for a quote!