First of all, understand yourself as a communicator, understand the other culture and what they are doing with language, with
verbal communication. And secondly, be easy on yourself, give yourself a break and accept that is going to be more tiring,
particularly at the beginning
I think the main thing is that you need to focus on understanding the other culture's rules, their norms, their ways of doing things, not necessarily conceding to them but certainly understanding and working with them.
If you want to be effective in the culture that you are going into you need to be aware of your own attitude to time and task.
If you come from a culture which is more flexible and perhaps focuses on relationships more, then you will need to adjust that if you come into a culture which is much more focussed on getting things done in a short period of time and much more linear in its time management.
Vice-versa, if you are coming from a culture such as the UK, Germany or the US and you are going into a culture where time is flexible, where relationships are more important, you will need to make some major adjustments.
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