Barney disrupts a cultural awareness session Serena is trying to facilitate.
Serena is horrified when she arrives for a cultural awareness meeting and sees everyone wearing fancy dress costumes. She explains that depending on where a person comes from, an outfit worn in jest can cause offence. Sam confesses that he hadn't taken the time to understand his Latin-American customers. What may be acceptable in some cultures is bad manners elsewhere. In some cultures, its not good to bring up certain topics or religion. Serena advocates the importance of doing further research, and not being insensitive or outspoken about other peoples customs. Dion seeks tips from Tammy when doing business in China. Sam notes that even in places where they speak the same language, idioms may vary (causing further misunderstanding). Indulging ones own cultural practices may prove unacceptable elsewhere; Steves rule of thumb is: when in Rome, do as the Romans do.
This title is part of the Cutting Edge Communication Comedy Series.Length: 8:00 Minutes
- Key points
"Don’t set yourself above others. Learn new ways from other cultures"
BE A CULTURAL AWARENESS CHAMPION
DON’T assume you know everything
INSTEAD: Research and ask questions
DON’T stare or be insensitive
INSTEAD: Respect differences
DON’T be inappropriate or dismissive
INSTEAD: Observe and follow local customs
DON’T insist your ways are best
INSTEAD: Learn from other cultures
- Package Includes
PDF on DVD with Discussion Questions, Activities, Handouts plus PPT Slides.