Mini meetings about cultural differences

Choose meetings from the list below or take a card from a cut up copy and try to finish the meeting in 3 minutes. Choose a different chair (= chairperson) for each meeting, and try to use language with each of these functions:

Chit chat as people come in

 

Getting started/ Getting down to business

 

Welcome people to the meeting

 

Explain the aims of the meeting

 

Invite people to speak

 

Brainstorm

 

Organise the ideas and narrow down the options

 

Help people to reach agreement

 

Summarize what people have said

 

Move onto the next topic

 

Summarize what you have agreed and double check people’s agreement

 

Bring the meeting to a close

 

Suggest what to do after the meeting/ Chit chat as people leave

 Have a 3 minute meeting to decide on what, if any, cultural differences training call centre staff might need
 Have a 3 minute meeting to decide on how to train your staff who have difficulty understanding Indian English
 Have a 3 minute meeting to decide on a buffet meal for a very mixed nationality group of guests
 Have a 3 minute meeting to decide on how to entertain some guests who are visiting from China
 Have a 3 minute meeting to decide on Korean gifts that are suitable for foreign visitors to your offices or factories
 Have a 3 minute meeting to decide on whether to use an interpreter in your meeting, or just to rely on everyone’s limited English
 Have a 3 minute meeting to decide on the best accommodation for foreign guests in Seoul
 Have a 3 minute meeting to agree a time when you can both meet some foreign guests

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PDF version for easy printing: culturemeetings

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