In my last post, I spoke about how I’ve gotten involved in an international education project involving one Colombian, one Indonesian, one Singaporean, one American and one Australian. Like me, they are all teachers and trainers. The American has Greek roots and the Australian is, well, Australian. The Colombian is married to the Indonesian and […]

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Trainers in intercultural issues experience intercultural issues too (Pt. I)

Thursday, September 17, 2015, by Eliane Karsaklian

Despite having an intercultural background and 20 years of experience in intercultural settings, I continue to experience issues with communication and expectations when working with colleagues from other cultures. Recently, I’ve gotten involved in an international education project involving one Colombian, one Indonesian, one Singaporean, one American and one Australian. Like me, they are all teachers […]

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The drama of nonverbal communication in International Negotiation

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, by Eliane Karsaklian

It’s been 10 years since Jean-Charles De Menezes was killed. He was a Brazilian student mistaken for a suspected potential suicide bomber in the London Underground. To the witnesses and to his pursuers he was of Asian appearance. He was actually of European decent, but perhaps on that day he looked unshaven or swarthy or […]

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Wanna have fun? Play with people’s perceptions

Monday, May 11, 2015, by Eliane Karsaklian

People are often concerned about what is reality and what is not. But most of the time, reality doesn’t matter at all. What matters is people’s perception of reality. When analyzing any situation interculturally, one should not focus on seeking reality; one should understand the different perceptions of the same situation that people from different […]

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The Dark and Bright Sides of Cultural Stereotypes

Monday, February 9, 2015, by Eliane Karsaklian

People usually say that we should avoid stereotypes because they are not true. However, at the same time, they propagate and reinforce stereotypes through their behavior. What is it about this dual relationship with stereotypes? If you are an intercultural trainer and you explain cultural differences, you may be accused of sticking to stereotypes instead of […]

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