About This Week’s GuestBart van Loon

Bart van Loon

After volunteering for the United Nations in the aftermath of the Kashmir Earthquake in 2005, Bart realized the potential of the South Asian labor market in Europe.

Ever since he is building long lasting professional relationships between companies and employees spanning the globe.

His tips to become more culturally competent are:

  1. Always realize that when it comes to communication that this is a shared responsibility. It is a 50% sender and a 50% receiver thing.
  2. Don’t stereotype when you’re dealing with individuals. When you’re dealing with one person, you’re not dealing with the “average” person from that culture. So be careful with this.
  3. Have patience when you’re dealing with someone from another culture. Take for instance the English language (or for that matter any language that two people share to communicate): The first time a Brit will speak to someone from Pakistan, (s)he might face some difficulty in understanding. But give it some time and before you know it you won’t even hear the differences in accents.

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