• The impact of tiredness on cross-cultural communication

    No matter how much cross-cultural training you've had, how open-minded you are, or how flexible you are to others' communication preferences, sometimes you will get tired and just want to be around those "like you."...
    Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
  • Personal Space – how close is too close?

    Have you ever encountered someone who just stood that little bit too close to you during a conversation? You may try to subtly retreat, but they keep up with you. The hairs on the back...
    Monday, July 17th, 2017
  • Part 2/2: HOW to journal to help cultural adjustment

    Last week I wrote a post on why writing a journal can help you adjust into a new culture (or back into a familiar one if you've been away). The next obvious question is -...
    Monday, May 22nd, 2017
  • Part 1/2: WHY a journal can help you culturally adjust

    And no, you don't have to start it with "Dear Diary..." (though feel free). When you enter a new culture, or return to a familiar one after being away, there is a lot going on...
    Monday, May 15th, 2017
  • “Where are you from?”

    "It's complicated." That's an answer that is becoming more frequent in our globalised world. Many people are born in one country, grow up in another, then move to yet another in their adult life -...
    Monday, April 10th, 2017
  • Do you trust me?

    One of the interesting factors you can explore in cross-cultural interactions is how easily a particular culture will trust others. As this map shows, there are some cultures which are high-trust (ie think most people...
    Monday, February 27th, 2017
  • #overwhelmed?

    When we're faced with stressful, confusing, frustrating or unknown situations, it can be very hard to comprehend everything that is going on. The feeling of being "overwhelmed" is definitely not a new one - and...
    Monday, February 13th, 2017
  • What makes a good conversation? Wait versus Interrupting Cultures

    The rules of conversation in any culture are not explicit: they are assumed knowledge and no one thinks of questioning them...unless, you're new to a culture and can't work out why everyone is being so...
    Monday, February 6th, 2017
  • Lamb, Australia Day and Hot Potatoes

    Image Source: Damien Kuhn (Unsplash) Australia Day (26 January) always causes a bit of controversy. We love our country, but we've also got some dark, awful moments in our history - and even in the...
    Monday, January 16th, 2017
  • Chai Walli & the Bamboo Ceiling

    Today I want to share with you an inspirational article. Click here to read about the Indian-Australian Business Woman of the Year (2016) Also in this article, I came across a term I hadn't heard...
    Tuesday, January 10th, 2017