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…

How to Maximize Learning during your Living Overseas Experience

One of the main reasons why people are gaining the experience of living overseas is simple:  a desire to learn. A desire to explore new places. New cultures. Experience new ways of thinking. Learn a new language. Be exposed to a completely different environment. Get thrown out of your usual environment and see something completely different. At the end of…