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076: The Spanish Dude; Jordan Ellington

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The Spanish Dude (Jordan Ellington)

Jordan went to Barcelona, Spain for the first time in the Spring of 2000.

He immediately saw tons of cured meats hanging from the ceiling…  and seafood with heads and legs sticking out everywhere. But he didn’t try any of it.

He didn’t know what it was. It looked disgusting to him. Foreign.

This memory haunts Jordan to this very day. Because now, he’s absolutely obsessed with Spanish ham. And the more legs, shells, and guts there are on his plate, the happier he is.

Jordan is not formally educated. He has a fluff degree. But no masters. No Phd no specific area of expertise.

Jordan is a traveler.  And he’s spent many of his years in Latin America and Spain. He passes his days perfecting his Spanish, eating fun food, and talking to the people. Never about culture. But always about culture.

Jordan feeds himself by teaching Spanish online. You might know him as The Spanish Dude or Gringo Español. He makes free videos on YouTube, then sells premium courses on his website. Jordan isn’t trained formally as a teacher. He just teaches how he’d want to learn.

And by the comments on FB and YouTube, it’s clear he teaches how others yearn to learn as well.

His tips to become more culturally aware are:

  1. No matter how much you know, you can always improve. Ask yourself how possibly wrong you can be about something.
  2. Say yes to everything; say yes to a coffee, new food, a trip. Say yes.
  3. Discover the Economist magazine preferably in combination with traveling. This will give you actual topics to talk about when you meet new people.

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We help you understand Cultural Diversity better by interviewing real people with real experiences.

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075: Lonely Planet Writer Lucas Vidgen on Travel and Culture

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Lucas Vidgen

Lucas has been writing guidebooks for Lonely Planet since 2002, mostly specializing in Latin America.He lived in Guatemala for a little over 10 years, publishing a magazine and working with local NGOs and is now based in Melbourne, Australia.

He lived in Guatemala for a little over 10 years, publishing a magazine and working with local NGOs and is now based in Melbourne, Australia.

His tips to become more culturally aware are:

  1. Accept the country, the people, and the culture as the way they are. Don’t change things and try not to judge them.
  2. Be open to other things. Do talk to the guy next to you on the bus. You’ll get a different perspective.
  3. See if you can learn some of the language. Even if it is only a couple of words.

 

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074: What a Bumper Sticker Tells You About American Culture with Alan Rose

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About This Week’s GuestAlan Rose

Alan Rose

Dr. Alan Rose, Professor emeritus University of Idaho.

Born within the sound of bow bells, and lived in London, England until the age of 24 when he emigrated to the United States.

Has lived in France for three years and spends three months every year in Paris.

Married to a Parisienne.

His tips to become more culturally aware are:

  1. Make sure it is clear that you don’t consider or think that your own culture has all the answers. Share the weaknesses you perceive from your own culture as well.
  2. Use humor in your communication.
  3. Making use of self-deprecation is a good idea.

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We help you understand Cultural Diversity better by interviewing real people with real experiences.

Every episode there is an interview with a prominent guest, who will tell his or her story and share international experiences. Helping you develop your cultural competence. Welcome to this culture podcast and management podcast.

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073: Perception and Deception by Joe Lurie

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Joe (Joseph) Lurie

Joe Lurie, Author of the Award Winning,  Perception, And Deception, A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures, is Executive Director Emeritus of UC Berkeley’s International House where he served for two decades.

Currently a cross-cultural communications, speaker and university lecturer, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya and directed academic programs abroad in Ghana, France, and Kenya for the School for International Training.

Formerly Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for AFS Exchange Programs in the United States and National Chair for academic studies abroad for the Association of International Educators, Joe has lectured for Berkeley’s Cal Discoveries in Thailand, Bali, South Africa and France and his work has been featured on NPR and PBS.

His tips to become more culturally aware are:

  1.  Consider what direct eye contact means in your culture and remember that in many cultures it may mean something entirely different.  For example, in many cultures, direct eye contact suggests engagement and candor and lack of eye contact may suggest dishonesty and or lack of attention or interest, while in other cultures averting the eyes may suggest respect for an elder or authority figure.
  2. When you meet someone for the first time, ask what they see and experience of your culture.
  3. Find deliberate ways to get out of your comfort zone.

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We help you understand Cultural Diversity better by interviewing real people with real experiences.

Every episode there is an interview with a prominent guest, who will tell his or her story and share international experiences. Helping you develop your cultural competence. Welcome to this culture podcast and management podcast.

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072: History in the Eyes of Culture with Joseph Amato

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About This Week’s GuestJoseph Amato

Joe (Joseph) Amato

In 1969 Amato began teaching at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) in Marshall, Minnesota where he was a founder and chair of the History Department.

He taught a range of courses in European intellectual and cultural history with a particular interest in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, German, Italian, and French histories and European rural life, as well as taught ethics and introductory social science courses.

Joe has given countless lectures and talks on a variety of subjects in the region, throughout the state, Midwest, and at national conferences.

Reading and speaking a variety of European languages—Italian, French, Russian, Spanish, and German (and some Biblical Greek)

He is widely traveled in Western Europe from the British Isles and the Netherlands to southern Italy, Greece, and Sicily.

His tips to become more culturally aware are:

  1. Try to understand the folklore of a country/culture. Look at how villages or towns worked in the past. History can tell you a lot about the current culture.
  2. Study one family. Maybe start with your own? Go back at least 3 generations and study their environment, their housing, and pick one specific detail to look at a bit closer.
  3. Partly serious, partly for fun, read the poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot

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We help you understand Cultural Diversity better by interviewing real people with real experiences.

Every episode there is an interview with a prominent guest, who will tell his or her story and share international experiences. Helping you develop your cultural competence. Welcome to this culture podcast and management podcast.

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071: Working With Virtual Teams with Jelle Mattelaer

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About This Week’s GuestJelle Mattelaer

Jelle Mattelaer

Jelle is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for people, cultures, technology, design, and food.

With his company Zeropoint he works with virtual teams from Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Together with his colleague Bart van Loon (who was on the show earlier) he has been dealing with virtual teams for the last 7 years.

His tips to become more culturally aware are:

  1. Focus first on the people and think of the culture later. Often the assumptions we have of the other culture stand in the way of really wanting to understand the other. To use a term from Buddha: “Empty your cup first“.
  2. Come to another culture or country with full respect. Before you go, try to find out what these signs of respect are. What are the “rules” and “customs” of that country? How can you find out about this? Either read a book, or simply by observing or asking.

 

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We help you understand Cultural Diversity better by interviewing real people with real experiences.

Every episode there is an interview with a prominent guest, who will tell his or her story and share international experiences. Helping you develop your cultural competence. Welcome to this culture podcast and management podcast.

To Subscribe to this Management Podcast, Click here.

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2016 Year-End Podcast and Videocast

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Thank You!

With this podcast, I want to thank everyone that came to my website.

All the listeners of the podcast and the watchers of the recently added videocast.

Also a big thank you to the readers of my books.

And last but certainly not least a real BIG thank you to my clients.

And a personal thank you to my VA Sheilah, who’s been helping me almost 24-7 with my work: “Thank You!

What did we do in 2016?

There were a lot of very interesting guests for the podcast and videocast this year. Every time I’m amazed at how far culture actually stretches in our everyday lives.

Many of the guests have inspired me to write articles that I’ve published this year. But also world events have triggered articles.

The website got an amazing 50% more visitors in 2016. Almost every article and podcast attracted more attention.

I’ve also made a new layout/design for the landing page. Check it out: https://culturematters.com

There must have been more… Just browse around the website.

What can you expect in 2017?

I’ll continue with the videocast of course. Although I know a couple of potential guests might not have video or might not even have a good Internet connection (watch this space, there are interesting guests coming!)

Webinars are also new for Culture Matters. I tested a couple in 2016, but in 2017 I will go full out, also with specific topics like “How to work with remote teams“. All for free of course. If you want to check out what’s available, go here.

A new book will see the light in 2017. It will be a book about Cultural Competence tips. Tips from real people giving real tips. It will be available in e-book form and in print version.

And of course, all the things that will come up in 2017 itself.

To wrap things up: Thanks for all your support in 2016. I’d be grateful if I can count on you in 2017 and beyond.

 

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Chris Smit PodcastCulture Matters Podcast (on international business)Build your Cultural Competence, listen to interesting stories, learn about the cultural pitfalls and how to avoid them, get the Global perspective here at the Culture Matters podcast on International Business.

We help you understand Cultural Diversity better by interviewing real people with real experiences.

Every episode there is an interview with a prominent guest, who will tell his or her story and share international experiences. Helping you develop your cultural competence. Welcome to this culture podcast and management podcast.

To Subscribe to this Management Podcast, Click here.

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070: Travelling the World After Selling Everything You Have with Palle Bo

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Palle Bo

Palle is a Danish podcaster and radio journalist traveling to every country in the world.

Much like Henrik Jeppesen who was on the show some time back. Check out that interview here.

His tips to become more culturally aware are:

  1. Really go out there and talk to locals. Be interested in them and really find out about their culture. Ask questions about what you don’t understand. Use your smile as your “weapon“. 🙂
  2. Bring a microphone (your smartphone probably has one). It shows a real interest in the people you’re talking to and it makes them feel important. You can also use it as a scrapbook. Make sure you do ask for permission before you start recording, though.
  3. Get Lost. Really get lost in the place you are. If you have a car don’t use the map. Go left where you feel you should. On foot, you can do exactly the same. It will help you to get connected to local people. Don’t worry, you can always take a taxi to go home.

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069: France and the French; A Danish Perspective with Mathilde Bruun Larsen

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Mathilde Bruun-Larsen

Mathilde is a 24-year old Master’s student at Copenhagen Business School within the field of business, language, and culture.

She is currently doing an internship in Paris for a company that provides business assistance to Danish companies in France and helps Danish companies overcome the cultural barriers that exist between the two countries.

Her tips (there are many!) to become more culturally aware are:

  1. Go abroad to meet new people and get the real experiences yourself. Don’t only read books about other cultures and countries, make sure you visit them because nothing can beat the real thing.
  2. Be open minded. Although that is easier said than done. Try to acknowledge your own norms and values. Make sure you try new things. Things that at first may seem strange, but which are actually the norm in your new country or environment. Be a new, better, and different version of yourself.
  3. Ask, ask, ask. When you don’t understand something that is happening around you, ask politely what is going on. Why do people do what they do. Add to it that you’d like to understand them better and I’m sure they are very willing to talk about themselves and their own country.

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068: The Truth About Nigeria with Odinaka Lavender Ekweremadu

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Odinaka Lavender Ekweremadu (Ody)

He is 22 years of age. He was born April 7th, 1994 in Lagos Nigeria.

He finished his primary school in 2004 from St. Bernadette in Lagos, Nigeria.

He then went to Capital Science Academy from 2004 – 2011 in the UK where he studied Graphic Design in his undergraduate level at the University of Huddersfield.

Odi (his calling name) just completed his Master degree program at Anglia Ruskin University, Uk, Cambridge, where he took a class in Intercultural Communication to help him realize his dream to make Nigeria a better country.

His tips to become more culturally competent are:

  1. Be very social with people. Eat, play, talk with as many people as you can. This way you get to know them faster and better. But do make sure that all your interactions come from the heart.
  2. Form a mixed group of people with different backgrounds and talk to each other.

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