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Slide 4

This slide explains the meaning of culture.

Slide 5

This slide mentions the most common reasons for cultural differences, such as different communication styles, attitudes towards conflict, approaches to completing tasks, decision-making styles, attitudes towards disclosure, and different approaches to knowing.

Instructor’s Notes:

·        Different communication styles: Communication styles vary widely between cultures. There are various aspects in which communication differs, out of which, one of the vital aspects is language usage. Across different cultures, different words and phrases are used in various ways. Taking an example, the meaning of the word "Yes" varies from 'definitely' to 'may be' or 'i'll consider' in different cultures. Another factor that should be given importance in communication style is non-verbal communication. It includes not only facial expressions or gestures, but many other factors like distance, space, etc.. Many other aspects of communication differ from culture to culture, so understanding the cultural differences and accepting them is the best way to avoid miscommunication

·        Different attitude towards conflict: Different people have different attitudes toward the situation of a conflict. Some cultures view it as positive, while others view it as something to be avoided. For Example, in the U.S., conflict is not usually desirable; but people are encouraged to deal directly with disputes that arise. In fact, they prefer face-to-face meetings to work out the existing issues. Whereas in the Eastern countries, conflict is experienced as embarrassing or demeaning, and the differences are best worked out quietly. They think that a written exchange is a favored means to address the conflict

·        Different approaches in completing tasks: People from different cultures choose different ways of completing their tasks. Such differences might be due to varying perspectives about work or relationship building, different mindsets, patterns, and varied ideas about tasks allocated. For example, the Asian and Hispanic cultures attach more value to establishing relationships within a team at the very beginning of the project and then focusing entirely on the completion of the task till the end.  On the other hand, European-Americans prioritize work initially and let relationships develop during the tenure of the task. This does not reflect non-seriousness towards the job from people belonging to any one of these cultural backgrounds or valuing relationships more or less; it simply means that they may have different ways and priorities

·        Different decision-making styles: The decision-making criteria vary widely across different cultures. For example, North Americans delegate the decisions frequently, meaning an official passes the responsibility for some matter to a subordinate. Whereas the Southern European and Latin American countries place a strong value on taking decision oneself. The organization should always know that the individual's expectations about their role shapes the decision, which its culture might highly influence

·        Different attitude towards disclosure: While dealing with a conflict, an individual should be mindful that people differ in the comfort regarding disclosure. Not every person who is a part of a conflict feels comfortable revealing or discussing it. Questions that one person feels comfortable asking might be intrusive to others. So, attitude towards disclosure is also something to be considered along with other factors

Slide 7 to 9

These slides illustrate a case study on cross-cultural communication.

Slide 11

This slide covers the meaning of cross-cultural communication.

Slide 12

This slide illustrates various points showing the importance of cross-cultural communication.

Instructor’s Notes:

·        To know the global market: There are no cross-border restrictions for businesses in the current scenario; hence companies are developing globally. To understand the global customer, a business unit should research and know factors like demographics, attitudes, values, and beliefs of different cultures. This understanding helps companies to win business globally

·        Avoiding miscommunication: When people from different cultures exchange ideas and opinions, there are chances of miscommunication due to differences in language and attitudes. Understanding other cultures can ensure effective communication

·        Creating a work environment of equal opportunity: In a multi-national corporation, success depends on the collective effort of people belonging to diverse cultures. Hence, to bring favorable results, each employee should be given equal and fair treatment. To accomplish this goal, it is important that the employer understands all cultures that the business operates in

·        Enriching human resources: A business can hire skilled people from different cultures and other parts of the world if the cultural barriers are removed. This initiative of diversity will not only enrich the company’s human resources but also contributes to the growth and development of business

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This slide mentions the various sources or causes of miscommunication in cross-cultural communication.

Instructor’s Notes:

·        Language differences: When different people interacting with each other do not speak the same language, or words reflect a different meaning when spoken in the same language, that might cause miscommunication and difficulties in understanding

·        Nonverbal misinterpretation: Nonverbal miscommunication takes place when the meaning of nonverbal cues differs across cultures. Body language, gestures, eye contact, postures, etc., play a considerable role in this context. For example, nodding the head is YES in some cultures; it is a big NO in other cultures (Bulgaria)

·        Preconceptions and prejudices: Having prejudices about something, especially language, usually cause differences in understanding. Preconceptions about some nonverbal signals can also cause multiple issues between people. When a person starts assuming a fixed set of characteristics from all group members that they do not like, it can cause misconceptions and differences in communication

·        Tendency to evaluate: When a person starts evaluating or analyzing other people in terms of communication, appearance, ways of speaking, etc., it may lead to misconceptions and hence, cause misunderstandings

·        High anxiety: When a person sounds anxious while interacting with people from different cultures, it creates confusion leading to misconceptions. Anxiety lowers your power of understanding

Slide 15

This slide illustrates various factors which affect cross-cultural communication

Instructor’s Notes:

·        Language: The use of different languages across cultures is one of the most common barriers to cross-cultural communication. In most global organizations, translators are hired to make this process easy

·        Conceptions of authority: Authority is viewed differently in every culture. Some cultures follow participative communication, and some rely on authority-based decision-making. People think a lot on how their message will be perceived, considering the status or rank of the receiver. The viewpoint of such authority or hierarchy followed impacts the effectiveness of business communication. Ultimately, how cultures view authority influences the level of communication and its effectiveness between people

·        Environment & technology: How individuals use the resources or technology differs across cultures. Culturally-ingrained biases relating to natural and technological environment can create communication barriers. Many environmental factors like population size, availability of resources, climate, etc., have a high influence on the development of cultures

·        Nonverbal communication: Knowledge of a culture conveyed using words represents only a portion of the message communicated. Non-verbal aspects like body language, clothes, eye contact, etc., communicate complete information. A wise and intelligent business person will consider understanding the prevailing attitudes in the location of their interest before actually committing resources in a culture that is unfamiliar

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This slide illustrates the activity to be conducted by the trainer for cross-cultural perception checking.

Instructor’s Notes:


·        Jessica, a girl who sits next to me in my English-speaking class, never raises her hand to ask the professor a question whenever she is having any doubt. She always used to ask me if I would ask the professor instead

·        My initial reaction to this was confusion on why couldn't she raise her hand and ask the professor herself that she was confused? Most of the American students did this all the time

·        Later on it was found that, Jessica belongs to a collective culture that also has high power distance. For her, it was second nature to rely on her community for support. Also, Jessica belongs to a culture that respects the authority of professor. She was concerned about what impression the professor will carry of her, if she admitted that she didn't understand

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This slide mentions various points which should be considered for improving cross-cultural communication. Learning from different cultures, removing language barriers, listening carefully, enhancing communication skills, etc., can help a person get the hang of cross-cultural communication.

Instructor’s Notes:

·        Overcome ethnocentrism: Ethnocentrism relates to the evaluation of cultures based on pre-existing notions in one’s own culture. An individual should try to overcome ethnocentrism by being self-aware, gaining knowledge, avoiding assumptions and judgments

·        Recognize cultural variation: The rich diversity in the practices followed by different cultures should be recognized and respected. When an individual starts working with people from different cultures, they start understanding and accepting the differences. This practice lowers cross-cultural barriers and makes communication effective

·        Learn from cultures: Learning and understanding different cultures allow individuals to experience being a part of a community other than one’s own. It also gives cultural awareness and promotes acceptance of people from different backgrounds

·        Remove language barrier: One of the most common issues in cross-cultural communication is overcoming language barriers. For this, it is suggested that an individual should use plain language, use visual cues, deploy repetition, and be clear in words

·        Write and speak clearly: A person should use the right words and the right tone while communicating. While writing and speaking, a person should be very clear about how things are to be said or written and should avoid the use of filler words and jargons

·        Improve communication skills: To improvise cross-cultural communication, a person should focus on improving overall communication skills. They should listen carefully, expand business vocabulary, master digital communication, stay focused on the topic, practice regularly, and understand differences in speaking styles

·        Listen carefully: To listen carefully, a person needs to be physically and mentally both present in a situation. They should face the speaker, maintain regular eye contact, and keep an open mind without preconceived opinions or biases. Active listening is key to be a better communicator

Slide 19

This slide mentions various tips for effective cross-cultural communication.

Slide 21

This slide illustrates the key takeaways for the cross-cultural section of business communication.

Slide 41 to 52

These slides depict energizer activities to engage the audience of the training session.

Slide 55

The above slide displays the activity for the team members found less energetic and enthusiastic. It will ensure an increase in energy levels and the productivity of employees at the workplace.

Instructor's Notes:

·        Multiple chairs are to be adjusted in the empty and spacious room in a random order 

·        The chairs should be put in a manner that every chair points in a different direction and all the chairs are occupied


·        Ask for a volunteer from the batch. (Batch may include a maximum of 15 people for a regular size room)

·        The volunteer is supposed to walk slowly and approach his/her empty chair and sit down. If the chair is already occupied, then he/she is expected to occupy the other/next alternative empty chair available

·        All other members will try to stop the person from approaching the relevant chair

Strategy Formulation:

·        Multiple teams can be made to conduct the activity

·        Each team can be allotted 2 minutes for planning

·        Each round is to be reviewed for the outcomes achieved from the activity

·        Each team should have a different volunteer, preferably the person with the lowest energy levels from the batch

·        The volunteer should move cautiously so as to not bump into any of the props or persons in the room

Activity Review/Outcomes:

·        How did the activity influence the teamwork and engagement skills of all the participants?

·        How was the experience while planning and working with 15-20 members at a time?

·        Was everybody clear about the purpose and conduct of the respective activity?

·        Did you observe any flaws that you wish to improve? Or any other instructions you want to include to make the activity conduct easier?

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This slide highlights the cover letter for the training proposal. It includes details regarding what the company providing corporate training can accomplish for the client.

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The purpose of this slide is to showcase the multiple types of courses offered by the training company.

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This slide indicates the major deliverables that the corporate training firm will provide to the client. The key deliverables highlighted are session plans, PowerPoint deck, evaluation material, and training handouts.

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This slide represents the multiple additional services offered by the training firm to the client, such as webinars, planning journals, and e-learning design solutions.

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This slide tabulates the major deliverables offered by the training company to the client along with their associated costs.

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The purpose of this slide is to highlight the multiple additional services offered by the training firm along with their cost details.

Slide 69

This slide provides an overview of the corporate training firm's vision and mission statements, core values, and key clients.

Slide 71

This slide highlights the major awards and recognition won by the training firm for their exceptional service to clients.

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The slide provides information regarding the team members that would be providing the training services to the client. It includes details of the trainer and their respective designations

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The slide provides information regarding the team members that would be providing the training services to the client. It includes details of the employees names and their respective designations.

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This slide provides information pertaining to testimonials given by satisfied clients of the training firm.

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This slide highlights the testimonials from multiple satisfied clients of the training firm providing information regarding congratulatory messages, client name, and company details.

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This slide showcases the case study for the training proposal. It includes information regarding the problem faced by the client and solutions offered by the training firm. It also covers details of the results and client testimonial.

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This slide provides information regarding the contract terms and conditions of the training proposal. It also includes details of deliverables that the training company will provide to the client.

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The purpose of this slide is to provide the contact information of the corporate training firm. It includes the firm’s official address, contact number, and email address.

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This slide highlights the training evaluation form for instructor assessment. It also includes sections to fill details of training information and attendee details.

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This slide showcases the questions for the assessment of the training content by the attendees.

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The slide indicates the evaluation form for course assessment. It also includes questions pertaining to the future actions of the attendees.

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