Saturday, October 25, 2014

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan: Cross Cultural Effectiveness Event

My friend John Groot sent this around (hit read more to see full information):

Here are the official listings and announcement for my Cross Cultural Effectiveness event, to be held Thursday Nov 6, from 12 - 2pm.

Whether you are a relative newcomer or an old hand, I think you would have something to both offer and gain from this workshop. Please forward this message to anyone you feel might be interested.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan Facebook
Cancham Website events listing

Hope you can make it!

Dear Members and Friends of Canada,

Please mark your calender on Thursday, 6 November for the Cross-Cultural Effectiveness Workshop at Canadian Trade Office in Taipei 加拿大駐台北貿易辦事處 (CTOT).

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Cost: $500/members, $800/non-members (Includes lunch and soft drinks) Click here to register
Venue: McKay Room, Canadian Trade Office in Taipei ( No. 1 Songzhi Road, Taipei)
Topic: Cross-Cultural Effectiveness: Being a Competent Businessperson in Taiwan
Speaker: John Groot, Founder and Chief Consultant of Clear Sky Communications

Note: Advance Registration is Required. Register!

In November, the CCCT is pleased to present a presentation from Canadian John Groot on navigating cultural differences while doing business in Taiwan.

When one is from the West and still relatively new to Taiwan, there are a wealth of cultural differences in communication and business style that are often invisible or mysterious. Recognizing and managing them can help you make and execute plans with employees, customers, partners or coworkers with less conflict and more certainty of success.

Some of these factors include the concept of “Face” and how it permeates daily life, indirect vs. direct communication, the supreme value of relationships in Taiwan and how to use this to your advantage, the Taiwanese concept of manager/worker relations, and differences in expectations regarding initiative and creativity, efficiency, and contracts and agreements.

The framework for this 2-hour workshop is twofold:

1) To invite experienced businesspeople to share their experiences and insights with newer expatriates.
2) To explain some basic concepts of Intercultural Communication theory, and localize them to Taiwan.

Participants can discuss the presented concepts and cases, and share their own experiences and ideas to help develop more positive and effective strategies to doing business in this cultural milieu.

About Speaker, John Groot / Founder and Chief Consultant for Clear Sky Communications

John Groot is a former journalist with a lifetime of experience in living abroad and dealing with people from different cultures. He has been involved in training and consulting with IT executives and senior managers in Taiwan over the last 9 years, and has been doing research on Intercultural Communication Issues in Taiwan over the last 3 years.

Note: Advance Registration is a must. Click here to register
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