Figuring Foreigners Out
A Practical Guide
By (author) Craig Storti
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Figuring Foreigners Out by Craig Storti
Book DescriptionHere is the ultimate, self-instructional cross-cultural training manual. Craig Storti, author of The Art of Crossing Cultures, The Art of Coming Home, Incident at Bitter Creek and Cross-Cultural Dialogues, brings his wealth of knowledge and his creative mind to this exceptional new resource. Figuring Foreigners Out is designed for anyone who wants to help in "figuring out" the behavior of someone from another culture. Educators, trainers and individuals will profit from this user-friendly workbook. readers can work through exercises which are vintage Storti-- on their own or in a training group. Concepts at the heart of intercultural communication are addressed in a step-by-step manner and include individualism and collectivism, monochronic and polychronic concepts of time, verbal and nonverbal communication styles and power distance relationships in the workplace. Storti uses cross-cultural dialogues as a sort of pre- and post-test for many of the ideas he introduces--inviting readers to return to them after completing the exercises to analyze them in light of what they have learned. Storti ends with a definition of four stages of cultural awareness--unconcious incompetence, concious incompetence, concious competence and unconcious competence--and invites readers to assess their level of awareness after working through the activities. Readers will find themselves better able to incorporate new attitudes and behaviors into their dealings with people who view the world from a different perspective. Throughout, Storti uses literary quotations to enrich his text. This is one of the few books that individuals can work through and, without the aid of a structured training program, effectively prepare themselves for dealing with cultural differences they encounter. Yet it is also ideal as a training text. It should be high-priority reading for anyone who may come into contact with people from foreign cultures whether overseas (corporate expatriates, study abroad participants, volunteers, missionaries, military personnel) or at home in multicultural settings (the workplace, school and other social or organizational contexts). Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this book is its universality--it is neither overtly nor implicitly oriented to one culture and therefore can be used by anyone interested in understanding people who are culturally different from themselves.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781877864704
(229mm x 180mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Intercultural Press Inc
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Publish Date: 27-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Craig Storti
Speaking of India, Paperback (October 2015)
For Westerners conducting business with Indians and Indians trying to figure out the West-an indispensable book, newly updated.
Art of Crossing Cultures, Paperback (June 2008)
Analyzing the personal challenges inherent in cross-cultural experience, this text examines the differences one encounters in living in another culture which cause some form of counterproductive psychological reaction.
Americans at Work, Paperback (July 2004)
Whether you work with Americans face-to-face, communicate with them by telephone or e-mail or interact together in a virtual team, Americans at Work reveals the subtle and the not-so-subtle aspects of American culture in the workplace.
Cross-Cultural Dialogues, Paperback (June 1994)» View all books by Craig Storti
This work is a collection of brief conversations between an American and someone from another country and culture. Each contains at least one breach of cultural norms, which the reader is challenged to figure out.
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Author Biography - Craig Storti
Craig Storti is founder and co-director of Communicating Across Cultures, a Washington, D.C.-based intercultural communication training and consulting firm. With work appearing in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, he is the author of six books. Having lived nearly a quarter of his life abroad, he lives now in Maryland. www.craigstorti.com
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