Business consultants smooth the path to your international event15/05/2012
The increase in international business practices has lead to the advent of a new form of business consulting: cultural business facilitation. While you search out MICE events and business opportunities in other countries, the heavy lifting of quickly adapting to a new cultural business lifestyle is now being handled by companies who specialize in reducing the risk of culturally insensitive mishaps.
How many conventions have you heard of happening in other countries that caught your eye, but you were unsure or unaware of how to best carry yourself professionally to attend? This modern dilemma has been taken over by traditional business consultants to facilitate cross-cultural business.
Human resources issues, marketing techniques, and sales productivity are all addressed by contracted companies who increase the level of recognition in a multi-cultural work environment by smoothing out the differences that occur when two cultures interact while maintaining everyday work objectives. Most failures that occur between and within companies are due to communication issues; imagine the increase of these possibilities with geographically dispersed teams.
Training clients for better international collaboration means opening up your client and colleague portfolio at your next MICE event. Since more companies are doing business abroad, more events are being held for international business professionals. Virtual classrooms will help reduce cultural mishaps that may not be immediately obvious to an observer of a new culture, knowledge which may take years to comprehend. The more advanced sites actually have a search function that allow to narrow your hunt by identifying the target culture, industry and professional function. Incident of every possible combination are broken down and analyzed, and most times, situational cultural subtleties need native knowledge, which can be acquired through classes, conferences, or a case-to-case basis with a business facilitator.
These classes can be catered to a specific region, country, or language base, or simple to augment culture awareness, and can address situations that you may not realize must be adapted for a new culture. How you email your fellow meeting attendees, train the rep to man the stand, and pitch your product at a convention can all be outlined in a brief webinar or an extensive on site multi-class basis. If you plan on extending your business involvement beyond the occasional conference, investing some time and money into better understanding your target culture with a cultural business facilitator.
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