About This Week’s GuestPaul MacAlindin

Paul MacAlindin

Paul MacAlindin is an internationally renowned conductor and author of “UPBEAT: the story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq“.

He led the orchestra from 2008- 2014 in Iraq, France, Germany and Britain, solving enormous hurdles of culture, language and education along the way.

The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq is by far the most challenging and rich intercultural experience of his career. UPBEAT is out on August the 18th 2016.

His three tips to become more culturally competent are:

  1. Know yourself culturally. Realize that you’re the fish in your own bowl and that you might not know enough about your own culture. If you do this, you can realize that you’re different than the other person but you can still work together.
  2. If you can, learn another one or two languages. Although not easy, it helps tremendously in overcoming cultural differences.
  3. Learn to laugh at yourself. Remember, when it’s about culture, it’s not about them. It is about you!

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