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Our society has become a colorful mixture of ethnicities and cultures living together and interacting every day. This cross cultural training course provides simple, basic guidelines for successful cross-cultural interaction. In addition, you will learn what to do when there are miscommunications. This sensitive subject matter is treated with honesty and humor. You will be entertained, informed and leave with a set of valuable tools to use at work, school and in countless life situations.
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|Section 1: Living in a Global Society|
Many people hesitate to take a course on diveristy because they think it's about making them like certain groups or cultures. This introduction explains how this course is different. It also give practical reasons why you should care about communicating effectively with other cultures, whether you want to or not.
|Section 2: Stop, Listen and Think|
It is very human to draw conclusions about a person because of how they look, where they work, how they speak etc. Thiis can be a real stumbling block when interacting with those from other cultures. This lecture details the dangers of making assumptions. It instructs you on how to stop, listen and think before you make judgements.
|Section 3: Up Close and Personal|
|Whether in the boardroom, classroom, cubicle or neighborhood meeting you will yourself engaged in cross cultural conversation. This lecture gives very specific guidelines on how to speak and listen effectively when communicating with a diverse audience.|
Making gestures and touching others is delicate business in all human interaction. It becomes even more complicated when interacting with people from another culture. This lecture will provide instruction on how to successfully navigate those situations. It will also cover how to deal with pronouncing difficult, unfamiliar names. Finally, what should you do if you put your cultural foot in your mouth? You can recover and survive.
|Section 4: Dealing With Diversity in Daily Life|
All the theories and rules discussed in the first four lectures are applied to real life situations. Things like open and closed doors, arrangment of tables and chairs even how you handle celebrations can make a big difference in intercultural business and social situations.
Sara Armstrong is an adventurer, wife, mother, widow, single parent, caregiver, mayor step-mother; a true survivor of numerous life transitions. She tells her stories so others may gain strength and have hope.
She was born in Chicago, Illinois and joined the Peace Corps in 1966 for two years of adventure and self-discovery. After marrying a Ugandan in 1968, and deciding to live in East Africa, Sara was launched on a journey through the terror of Idi Amin Dada. She had unique insight into the destruction of a prosperous and thriving nation. Her book The Shattered Pearl is an account of her ten years in Africa. Sara moved freely around Uganda, witnessing many things not reported in the press. She lived as a Ugandan but saw events from an American viewpoint including the daring 1976 Israeli raid on Entebbe Airport.
Her goal is to give readers an insider¹s view of the profound effect that political upheavals and military coups have on innocent citizens. As recent events demonstrate, we are all connected. The book is an insight into how much of the world lives. The Shattered Pearl is a gripping, entertaining account of an incredible journey filled with adventure, love, joy, and terror.
After returning from Uganda, she was widowed and threw her energies into raising her two children, taking care of her aging parents and participating in local politics. She helped to incorporate and served as the first Mayor of the Town of Shorter, Alabama when developers threatened her community. As the mayor of a new municipality that became the center of a public controversy, Sara gave numerous TV and newspaper interviews as well as chairing city council and committee meetings.
In 1992, Sara married Bob Armstrong. Bob passed away in 2006 after a brave fight against cancer. In 2007 Sara moved to Atlanta, Georgia to be close to her family.
Sara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology and a Masters Degree in Religious Education. She is the founder and CEO of Sara L Armstrong Enterprises, LLC that provides speaking, training and consulting services. Her most recent project is a blog, www.faithteacher.com that offers practical lessons for daily living.
Sara is a much sought after motivational speaker and has been featured at a variety of events for business, religious, community and volunteer organizations across the nation. Her website is www.sarmstrong.biz. She is an expert on diversity, self-care for women, caregiving, cross cultural communication, globalization and spiritual formation.</p>