We often interact with people from different cultural backgrounds and in this globalized world we increasingly work with people from different cultures and traditions.
There are many exciting opportunities for personal development and professional advancement. Yet making the most of them can present a significant challenge: many questions arise - How far are we the products of our own culture(s)? Are we only who we think we are? or are we also who others think we are? Why is it that what I think I said is not what my friends/team/clients/target audience heard? What is the significance of corporate culture? How far can we talk of ‘national’ characteristics? Are we born prejudiced? How can I best reach and work harmoniously with those from other cultures?
If you have asked yourself these or similar questions, this course is the one for you. It provides you with practical tools to:
- think about and explore your own cultural identities from different perspectives
- take account of different personality types and cultural characteristics to allow you to develop a clearer perception of others and of how they in turn may perceive you
- explore the implications of cultural diversity in relation to the human need for group cohesion
Working with such practical tools will give you the insights that come from working with your own experience and learning to reflect critically on it
The stimulating input (readings, videos) will help you understand different cultural notions of time, space, interaction, context, hierarchy, appropriacy, expectations, and the power of (non-verbal) language while the activities will give you the opportunity to develop skills for effective intercultural communication, making you a more confident and valuable participant in diverse groups so enabling you to live and work creatively with others from different cultures – and that means most people!
Engaging with this course can be life-changing and transformative.