Reaching out to the Polish community

There are an estimated 1.3 million Polish taxpayers in the UK. No wonder that so many British companies are interested in this economic community – it is a huge business opportunity. Are you one of those trying (and failing?). Would you like to improve your chances of succeeding? Here come some potential answers. It’s about…

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ASBIRO: Negotiations

In December 2016 in Birmingham, Speak Culture had the pleasure to contribute to an innovative event of ASBIRO UK on cross-cultural negotiations under the rubric: ‘You won’t get what you deserve but you will get what you can negotiate. This event will stop you making poor decisions and improve the way you negotiate in the…

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More than a ‘nice’ skill to have

Intercultural competence is more than a 'nice' skill to have.   Soft skills such as team working are the new ‘hard skills’. It is a fact. They are harder to pin down, intangible, and unlike many skills virtually unteachable. So what’s the point of intercultural training if you can’t acquire a soft skill? Here’s the…

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Sietar UK Event Cambridge

Intercultural Education, Training and Research,, the leading non-profit organisation for all things culture-related, is launching its first regional event in Cambridge on Saturday, November 12th, 10 am – 1 pm, at Barclays Eagle Labs, 28 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4…

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How to manage cultures

Would you be surprised to hear that up to 40% of all expatriate managers fail to succeed abroad due to the lack of language abilities, the effects of culture shock and familiar work practices? All of these make it very challenging to adjust to the new work environment. Therefore comprehensive training is essential for all…

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Rudeness lies in the eyes of the beholder

According to the BBC, during a garden party at Buckingham Palace, ‘the Queen has been filmed saying Chinese officials were "very rude" during last year's state visit by President Xi Jinping.’ This information has come to light a day after Mr Cameron’s comments on corruption in Algeria and Afghanistan. It’s been a week full of…

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ASBIRO Event Birmingham

I had the great pleasure to speak about the importance of intercultural competence as a soft skill at the ASBIRO Networking Group event in Birmingham. The event took place on 23rd April 2016 in Polish Millennium House, Birmingham. I got the chance to listen to Terry Lowrie Herz about how networking improves your prospects and…

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9th Congress of Polish Student Societies

The 9th Congress of Polish Student Societies, an annual conference organised since 2008 to unite Polish students, was a great success. It was initiated at Oxford University and the main aim is to forge the leaders of tomorrow, promote Polish culture and provide students with opportunities in the best international and Polish companies. I felt…

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Culture shock in health care

Our culture code applies to our relation to health, too. Let’s take a surgery or hospital consultation: the patient will have certain expectations when it comes to encounters with a doctor, while the doctor, on the other hand, will expect certain behaviours from the patient. To name only a few: the doctor’s bedside manner, use of terminology, the way the patients are being addressed (Mr Brown vs. Bobby) and the on-going relationship with the patient. What are the cultural considerations when dealing in these situations? Let’s use examples from British-German-Polish using both perspectives.

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The importance of cultural awareness training

What can go wrong?

Polish and British business people are very alike. Business is business. If we are talking about countries such as India or Japan – this is a different story. But there aren’t any significant cultural differences in Europe. We’re all the same. – This is what I often hear from both British and Polish business people in private and public sector. And they are very mistaken.

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