Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cultural misunderstandings - and there are many

It's relatively simple to walk into a cultural misunderstanding without really realising and with the best of intentions on all sides. I was once in a meeting discussing how, and how not, to talk to the press in Japan. A slide was shown on the screen and used as an example of how not to present yourself, the issue being to always ensure you remembered to shave before the conference. Looking at the picture I wondered if the participant realised that their extremely expensive designer stubble was being misinterpreted for having got up late in the morning.

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