Misadventures in Cross-Cultural Communication

This came into our email box, and I thought it was worthwhile passing on. A decade ago, I worked at the same company as Mike, and he’s bound to have several good stories to tell.

Misadventures in Cross-Cultural Communication with Mike Finner

Language differences are not the only barrier to communication and understanding. Culture, customs, and even body language can block effective communication just as easily.

Join us on Tuesday April 30 as Mike Finner tells us tales from far-flung places where misunderstandings and miscommunications occur, plus a lot about the use of English around the globe, a little geography, and a little war history.

Mike will discuss:

  • What are you trying to say, and how loud are you trying to say it?
  • Is your language universal?
  • Maybe some things don’t translate…
  • What non-verbal cues are you using?

Who is Mike Finner?
 Mike is a technical writer, a 26-year veteran of the Canadian Forces, and a former military observer for the United Nations Mission in Sudan. He’s self-employed, with almost 20 years of experience in technical communications.

When and Where

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: McKibbin’s Irish Pub, 1426 Bishop St.
Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/7eDSi

For more pub information, go to http://www.mckibbinsirishpub.com

Please RSVP to rsvp@arscommunica.org as the pub will need to know how many are attending. Maximum 25 seats.

Everyone is welcome to this free event. The only cost to you is what you order for your own food and beverages.

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