The 10 Most Important Skills Needed for Intercultural Communication

Intercultural communication is a highly complex skill that is divided into a large number of different sub-skills. While a blog post could never be enough to cover all of these sub-skills, I am trying to list the most important one’s in this article. At this point my goal is merely to draw your attention onto different aspects of skills needed…

The Top 10 Intercultural Communication Blogs

In this article, I am going to list my favorite intercultural communication blogs, those who have been the most helpful to me as somebody trying to adapt to different cultural environments. Learning how to be an effective intercultural communicator is a difficult process and, like any other skill, requires guidance from other people who have already gone through the steps…

How to Deal With Conflict in Intercultural Communication Encounters

Conflict is an ordinary part of life, and an inevitable part of the expat life. With completely different expectations, assumptions, goals, behavior strategies and more, it is inevitable that two parties involved in an intercultural communication encounter will eventually face a situation of conflict. When you are faced with conflict, what do you do? The problem here is that your…

5 Reasons Why Expats Feel Like Wanting to Return Home

Every expat  has the feeling of wanting to return home from time to time. Most times, these feelings  are only temporary. Little periods of an emotional down can be enough for us to get us to a point where we want to put a stop to our lives overseas and return home. And yet, there is also something profoundly different.…

Why All Expats Need Regular Periods of Conscious Rest

It is no secret that today’s world is characterized by long working hours, constant connectivity and high degrees of stress at all times. A lot of people struggle with disconnecting from work and being reachable, let alone creating periods of pure resting. For expatriates, this phenomenon can become an even bigger problem than for other people. With that, I do…

How to Become an Effective Intercultural Communicator

In this article, I am going to explain how to apply the concept of deliberate practice to become a more effective intercultural communicator. Anders Ericsson is the researcher who has spent his career studying expert performance and who has since explained the concept of deliberate practice in his book Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. Before getting into…

4 Strategies To Overcome Your Own Cultural Conditioning

Your cultural conditioning is something that has been ingrained into your psyche over the years from the time you were born. The environment you grew up in influenced to a strong degree how you think, communicate and behave. By passing on their wisdom to you, the people in your surroundings have made you a functioning member of society. Without this…

4 Common Mistakes That Expatriates Make

Being an expatriate is never easy, regardless whether it is for first time expats or for serial expats. There are a lot of different difficulties which expatriates face to a stronger degree than those who are living in their country of origin. Small daily things can become a complicated hurdle. A lot of additional bureaucratic problems can emerge from being…