Solid Foundations in Intercultural Communication
What you'll learn
- After the course, students will be able to better identify their own cultural set up and be able to see, address and constructively work with cultural diversity.
- Students should be able to understand English and will benefit best from this course if they have had some international experience.
When you are working in a group, where there are people from different backgrounds it is common that conflict can occur, or that people don't input for fear of causing conflict. This course will teach you how to maximise the outputs of culturally diverse working environments and extract the full benefits of diversity.
We will explore the concept of culture and it's powerful impact on how humans perceive the world. We'll look at different dimensions of cultural diversity and how they impact our priorities, perceptions and how they can cause mis-understandings. After a short excursion to some of the brain science that further manifests the power of culture as a filter for reality, we'll look at different cases and what we can do to communicate more effectively in environments that are saturated with cultural diversity in order to create something remarkable. Finally, I'll teach you two simple methods to operationalise these insights practically in your work. In the end, I will highlights further reading materials that students who wish to go deeper can read and study.
Who this course is for:
- This course is for everyone that wants to work more effectively in environments that are saturated with diversity.
Bastian is an innovative facilitator, trainer and coach that creatively pushes the boundaries of mainstream approaches to learning. He facilitates learning at the intersection of culture, communication and management. Bastian has been involved in the training field since 1998. He holds a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Communication and Adult Education and now works globally with clients such as the United Nations, Credit Suisse, Google, Earnest&Young, ABB, HP, IBM, Daimler and IKEA.
Bastian works with international organisations and companies in developing, designing and implementing training programmes and events. Each training concept and activity is custom made to fit the group, their situation and the challenges they face. Together with his clients, he finds solutions, addresses challenges constructively and equips their teams with the competences necessary to be successful in international, diverse and complex environments.
Bastian teaches Training Design at the Ruhr-University Bochum and the University of Erfurt, Germany as well as Intercultural Communication at the University of Wroclaw and is a board-member of SIETAR-Polska (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research).