The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will host a seminar discussing cultural differences in the global business environment on June 6.
The event will take place from 9:30-11:30 a.
m. in the Technology Conference Center at The INCubator, located at 100 Cherokee Blvd. Guests must register to attend. Space is limited.
As the third installment of the Chattanooga Chamber’s year-long cultural literacy series, this seminar is based on experiential and participatory training methodologies and will be highly interactive. Participants will gain a greater awareness of their roles in cross-cultural interactions and develop skills to support their professional development and personal growth.
Presenters will include Nicholas Siler, an independent intercultural trainer, and Marco Perez, operations manager for FREE Chattanooga. The discussion, titled “Cultural Differences in the Global Business Environment,” will cover the following points of interest:
· Developing an understanding of intercultural competence in a global business context
· Becoming aware of personal areas of growth within the larger framework of intercultural competence
· Taking advantage of resources to enhance one’s own intercultural competence
According to Mr. Siler, the key to unlocking intercultural competence often starts with a little introspection.
“Whether your business is on Main Street or Wall Street, the need to effectively interact across cultures is increasing every day,” he said. “Historically, a lack of awareness in both the self and others has led to a great deal of misunderstanding and conflict. By attempting to understand ourselves, we become better equipped to understand others. This leads to more positive relationships, and thus growth in business and in our own personal lives.”