Tuesday Tidbit #55: On Culture Shock
Culture Shock, according to , is defined as "a state of bewilderment and distress experienced by an individual who is suddenly exposed to a new, strange, or foreign social and cultural environment."
Picture someone who had never traveled outside the US suddenly finding herself living
half a world away in Northern Africa. That was me several months after I got married
in the early 1990's. It was one of the finest experiences of my life but not without
a great deal of initial discomfort as the company that sent us to live in Egypt for
three years provided no cross-
But, Culture Shock, if you look closely at the above definition, can also pertain
to unfamiliar situations, even within your own country. Think about the first time
you went to a network meeting to promote your business. Not many people are immediately
comfortable walking into a group of strangers and giving a 30-
Online Site WikiHow has 7 Steps for Overcoming Culture Shock in a foreign country:
1. Keep an open mind
2. Make an effort to learn the local language
3. Get acquainted with the social conduct of your new environment
4. Do not take cultural familiarity or knowledge at face-
5. Make sure you get to know the people in your new environment
6. Try to achieve a sense of stability in your life
7. Most importantly, maintain a sense of humor!
If you think about it, don't those tips apply to networking as well? The best networking is finding a group of individuals who make you feel like you’re welcome into their Culture and in doing so for others who may be feeling their own brand of Culture Shock.
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