Cross-Cultural Training & International Communications

Cross-Cultural Corporate Training Programs

In an age of decentralized organizations and globally distributed teams, the ability to collaborate cross-culturally is a business imperative. Today’s successful organizations provide the means by which talent–separated not only geographically, but culturally–can be productive and innovative. Don’t leave cross-cultural communication to chance. These training programs pay for themselves many times over by helping to develop employees that are adaptive and flexible enough to work wherever they are required, fitting into new or established teams with ease and confidence.

Sharon Schweitzer JD corporate trainings are interactive, live programs facilitated by her as an Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI) and Hofstede Centre certified intercultural trainer. These corporate trainings are limited to 30 participants to encourage maximum interactivity among participants.

2 DAY CORPORATE training programs are live, in-person programs that run for 12-14 hours, providing for maximum examination of issues, cultural dimensions, strategies, and the development of immediately implementable cross-cultural best practices. (See program objectives below.)

1 DAY EXPRESS programs are live, in-person programs that run for are 6-7 hours, providing an overview of business culture, customs and practice. All participants receive a copy of Sharon’s award-winning book Access to Asia. (See program objectives below.)

90 – 120 MINUTE SNAPSHOTS are webinars or live, in-person sessions that run for 90 or 120 minutes. These taster sessions quickly introduce participants to a range of “access to culture” topics to chose from including: self-assessment, culture components, personal bias, gestures, culture quiz, dos & taboos.

Program Objectives

  • Increase self-awareness of your own culture and that of the destination culture
  • Understand the potential impact cultural bias has when conducting business across borders.
  • Gain practical knowledge about how behaviors, customs, and values (yours and the destination)  impact daily business and social behavior, protocol, manners and prevent cultural faux pas.
  • Develop successful methods to adapt communication and work styles for improved effectiveness in business and team settings (relationships, travel, meetings, projects).
  • Create personal development and team action plans to apply cross-cultural tactics to current and future business interactions to build trust, inspire respect and create long lasting relationships.

Sharon Schweitzer presenting at U.S. Grand Prix Business Preparedness Workshop. Jim Innes photoz

Cross-Cultural Corporate Training Programs
For Expatriates and Their Families

All Cultural Training Programs are live, in-person events facilitated by Sharon Schweitzer J.D. who is an ICI and Hofstede Centre certified intercultural trainer. Where appropriate, she is assisted by a country specialist with comparable business experience.


Group training programs typically run for two to three days, with a maximum of 8 participants. During the program participants experience:

  • Relevant culture quiz
  • Self-assessment profile
  • Cultural dimensions
  • Executive dining tutorial
  • Communication techniques
  • Cross-cultural success tactics and best practices.

1 DAY EXPRESS programs are 6-8 hours in length, providing an overview of crucial daily life and business concerns.


Customized programs may be delivered on-site, either pre-departure or post-arrival.

Private trainings are designed to meet the specific needs, concerns and experiences of individual employees plus their spouse or partner. Additional family members may also attend, upon request.

SNAPSHOTS are webinars or live, in-person sessions that run for 90 or 120 minutes. These taster sessions quickly introduce participants to a range of “access to culture” topics.

Sharon Schweitzer in Beijing, China w/ Madame Nie Meisheng. Photo: Sharon Schweitzer