In this episode Christian talks to Alan Headbloom, Principal of Headbloom Cross-Cultural Communication in Allendale, Michigan (U.S.). Alan shares with us his work experience and some of his “cultural fool” moments he had when studying in Southwestern Germany.
Alan has a track record of over 30 years of working across cultures on six continents. He is an applied linguist, a teacher & coach, a presenter & author, and a talk show host. You can watch his show Feel Like You Belong online. Alan’s specialty is helping foreign-born (i.e. non U.S.-born) professonials communicate with more comfort and accuracy.
One of Alan’s memorable “cultural fool” moments involves a little faux pas he made when ignoring the appropriate level of formality when talking to a person in Germany.
Alan’s example of a cross-cultural gaffe is also a great illustration for the popular Peach/Coconut metaphor which is often used in cross-cultural training programs. Christian has written about this on his personal blog.
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