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The Latest Language Insights from SIMON & SIMON

20 August 2013

Most multinationals now agree that one of the key operational challenges they face is the need for greater awareness and better understanding of their clients’ and partners’ business cultures.

Here’s the problem. I’m dealing with a client, a supplier or JV partner.  I’m learning their language. I can understand what they say. I DON’T understand what they really mean.

08 August 2013

Will they be ready? For what? The 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics of course. They can be a bit ‘last minutish’ but Brazil gets there with flare and style. If you’re going there or working with Brazilians here’s what to expect.

30 July 2013

Only the other day someone still labelled Russia ‘the Wild East’ in a business meeting. The fear of ‘corruption demands’ and ‘strong-arm methods’ is deep rooted. But it’s the exception, not the rule.  Here are some of the things I have learned about doing business in Russia.

13 March 2013

One of the world’s largest economies and one of the world’s richest cultures with its own variety of English, India has a similar number of English speakers to those in the UK & America combined.

Yet many Westerners say they have difficulty communicating effectively with some Indian colleagues.  Here are ten tips you can use to help build successful working relationships.

12 March 2013

Society is becoming more and more consumer orientated and with stiffer competition in all sectors, businesses really need to do what they can to ensure customer satisfaction and retention. However, when looking at strategies to deal with these issues, one area that is often overlooked is how a business communicates with its clients.

04 March 2013

Obviously, many of those you deal with will have been educated in or be familiar with the UK or the US.  Also, traditionally, these countries have relied on foreign labour, particularly Indian and Pakistani, to run businesses. However, there are big changes as the Gulf states diversify their economies and increasingly try to involve their own citizens in the workforce. In Oman, for example, despite dependence on a predominantly South Asian workforce, the government is making determined efforts to find employment for local Omanis.

Whether you’re learning a language for the first time or are looking to develop your existing language skills, call SIMON & SIMON today on +44 (0)20 7821 0999 to discuss the best language training course for you.

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