How do you use jokes in multicultural environments?
Using humor in an international networking event can be very difficult even if you are fluent in the language. Humor requires an in-depth understanding of culture.
Recently I have seen Seth Godin, an American “Marketing Guru”, who made a great presentation in front of more than 1,200 people in Antwerp, Belgium in April. Godin used many self-mocking jokes, playing also with stereotypes about American culture, a sure way to win a European audience.
If you are not a professional speaker, be careful on how you use humor in front of a multicultural audience.
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Serial expat born in France. I lived in Tokyo, London, Freiburg, New York, Atlanta, Brussels, and Moscow. Currently based in Japan.
I leverage my 25+ years international career in various managerial functions: R&D, Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain, and Operations to help international managers adapt their leadership style to local cultures and develop global leadership.
I also coach expatriate spouses to help them define their personal project, career change and job search.
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