When I was home this summer I found myself in the middle of several awkward conversations about expat life.
We were like gangly teenagers, blundering through an attempt at a first kiss. There was contact, but no connection.
This is how many conversations turn out when we fall back on old scripts. We miss an opportunity to experience something much better.
In this month´s contribution for intercultures, I want to help you avoid this same mistake by doing two things:
- Offer you specific strategies to break out of the tired scripts we use when we talk about experiences abroad.
- Support you to further develop your global skills by deepening cultural understanding and building stronger business (and personal) relationships.
You will find that these strategies are useful for a wide range of professionals (such as Global Mobility specialists, leaders of international teams, or expats themselves) but don´t forget that they can also benefit families or friends who have loved ones abroad.
Join me, read the article Never Say This to an Expat and explore what can go wrong when we ask, “So, what is it like?”
P.S. When you´ve finished, join me in the comments section below to share other creative approaches, ask questions, or make a comment.
p.p.s. This post is also linked to the #MyGlobalLife link-up over at Small Planet Studios.