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Networking on a Global Level: Top Tips for Being Attuned to the Nuances of Cross-Border Communication

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Even introverts can do it

Let your new acquaintance talk so you can learn more about them and connect on more levels. If you do all the talking, and try to fill space, then you don’t learn anything new.


When networking globally, change your approach

Keep your language straightforward; avoid idioms or geographic references, but be sure to find common cultural references — from your trip to their country to demonstrate familiarity with their background, or shared entertainment references from TV and movies.


Keep track of who you meet

Use LinkedIn or other professional networking sites to reach out to people right after you’ve met them. If you collect business cards, upload their information to your contact list and make a point to stay in touch. 

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