Have you ever eaten frogs’ legs?

“Have you ever” is an icebreaker and getting-to-know-you activity which we think might work particularly well in a culturally-diverse group. Of course, you can think up your own sentences to introduce to the group, like: Have you ever sung karaoke? Have you ever eaten frogs’ legs? Have you ever kept a pet? Have you everContinue Reading

Did you know just how tricky cross-cultural small talk is?

Before you go into a cross-cultural social setting, ask yourself whether the new culture is a “peach” or a “coconut”. Are the people friendly, open and personal or are they more closed, less personal and intimate? Professor Erin Meyer explains the difference in her article in the Harvard Business Review.  Continue Reading

Working with teams

Looking for movies to use in your training sessions? You’ll find a great selection on Movies4Training powered by The Bob Pike Group. You’re looking for movies on Teamwork? Take a look here: http://www.movies4training.com/category/teamwork/1040# “Call Me Walt” can be used to discuss first impressions or cultural differences. “Players Confer with Coach” might be a good way to startContinue Reading

How diplomatic are you?

According to The Public Speaker Lisa Marshall, a diplomatic communicator is someone who can “get their message across and convince people to change without damaging the relationship”. Is that you? Or would you like to learn to communicate more diplomatically? All you need to do is to follow Lisa’s Quick and Dirty Tips. We particularly like whatContinue Reading

Looking to break the ice?

If you’re looking for some new icebreakers for different groups of people, you might find something on the icebreakers.ws site. For small groups (of about 2- 5 people): https://www.icebreakers.ws/small-group For medium-sized groups (of about 5 – 10 people): https://www.icebreakers.ws/medium-group For large groups (of about 10 – 30 people): https://www.icebreakers.ws/large-group For extra large groups (of about 30 people and more): https://www.icebreakers.ws/extra-large-groupContinue Reading

How do you give your feedback burger?

When giving feedback, are you more direct or more indirect? What does your feedback burger look like? This article explains how feedback can differ depending on your cultural looking glass (link to: krauthammer.com).Continue Reading

Tuckman’s model

Of course, you know about Tuckman’s Team and Group Development Model. But you might just like to click on the link to remind yourself of your role as the leader of a group – and, of course, to learn or revise the terms in English!  Continue Reading

The English Words that Germans get wrong

Here are the English words a lot of the people we work with seem to get wrong (link to: buzzfeed.com). Do you go into a training room and ask for the ‘beamer’ when you should be looking for a ‘projector’? And do you sometimes offer your participants ‘cakes’ when they’re really small ‘biscuits’? Not toContinue Reading

Building teams

If you’re specifically looking for some new team building activities to improve teamwork, develop trust and enhance problem-solving skills, you’re sure to find something suitable on ventureteambuilding.co.uk. You’ll find over 60 free activities, many of which we’ve used over the years. You probably already know the Back-to-Back Drawing activity. We used it not long ago to showContinue Reading

The difficulty of giving feedback

The way feedback is given can be quite different in other parts of the world. While a Chinese manager will never openly criticise a colleague, a Dutch manager will be honest and give his/her opinion quite directly. Germans are fairly direct, too. Would you know how to soften your criticism? And how do you likeContinue Reading