Good afternoon, everyone.
Let me shortly introduce myself. My name is “Jonas Miller” and I am 18 years old. Currently, I am a student at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.
I am very pleased to be here today to talk to you about cross-cultural awareness. The purpose of this presentation is to introduce you to how to be aware when doing cross-cultural business.
- Because you would not want to be a failure for the rest of your life, would you?
- Do you have any questions before I move on?
Let me begin by explaining why it is important to be aware when doing business with other cultures. In our globalized world, a lot of misunderstandings can happen when doing business with other cultures.
Body language is a big factor when it comes to confusion and misunderstandings. We all have different ways of behaving towards each other - and that can create some misunderstandings.
Let us take a look at a specific culture, for instance, Denmark. Let us see what characterizes them and their culture.
Freedom of speech, equality, and social security are all important values in Danish society. Danes often have problems when doing business with other cultures because of linguistic differences and misunderstandings due to body language.
But like the Danes, we can also find it hard to understand other nationalities who have other values.
To sum up, it can create confusion when entering deals with other nationalities that do not have the same values and their body language might also be substantially different.