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You might speak your client’s language, but does your body?

You might speak your client’s language, but does your body?

As any body language expert will tell you, our bodies often sing from a totally different hymn sheet from our mouths. This could be seen most recently last week with the much-publicised meeting between Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron. Although it was all smiles and

Mergers and acquisitions – and why they go wrong due to cultural differences

Mergers and acquisitions – and why they go wrong due to cultural differences

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have been a headline news topic this week with the proposed supermarket merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda. But while the biggest problem for this potential union between two UK firms is likely to come from the competition watchdog, cross-national M&A’s too

How cultural differences impact international business

How cultural differences impact international business

As companies continue to expand across borders and the global marketplace becomes increasingly more accessible for small and large businesses alike, there are ever more opportunities to work internationally. Multinational and cross-cultural teams are likewise becoming ever more common, meaning businesses can benefit from an

The 10 most useful business languages

The 10 most useful business languages

While English is the most widely used language for business, academia and tourism, speaking only English is a major disadvantage in today’s job market. The job market is more competitive and globalized than ever before, and successful candidates must be able to cross cultural and

Why Brexit Britain needs German, Arabic and Mandarin to thrive outside EU

Why Brexit Britain needs German, Arabic and Mandarin to thrive outside EU

The UK is limbering up to sign free trade agreements across at least three continents in a bid to transform the country into a commercial powerhouse after Brexit. But first, it must radically overhaul its “alarmingly deficient” foreign language teaching to focus on German, Mandarin

Languages as a business asset

Languages as a business asset

Many UK companies are complacent about the need to include languages as a key skillset in the job specification for international positions, however this is often a critical factor for success. It is a dangerous assumption to believe that English is the only language needed

Language Skills – CBI/Pearson survey

Language Skills – CBI/Pearson survey

More firms demanding language skills to break into new markets – CBI/Pearson survey 23rd June 2014 Major European languages remain in high demand from British businesses but there are signs of a shift towards languages used in the world’s fastest growing markets, such as Mandarin and

Conversis launches Global Talent Report

Conversis launches Global Talent Report

The Conversis study of UK based business leaders, together with the survey of US based Hiring Managers, shows that many are finding it hard to operate globally because they can’t find new staff who can speak other languages. One in four British companies that are

The impact of an executive’s language skills on your business

The impact of an executive’s language skills on your business

A key element of business success is based on recruiting capable people who are able to build good relationships. Good relationships are based around good communication. Good communication is based on the ability to understand each other. The ability to clearly understand each other is

Successful multilingual recruiting

Successful multilingual recruiting

When you fix the objective of building an international business, you rarely consider that the details of this objective are framed from your own perspective and written in your own language. While English is widely-used in the business world, you can never be sure whether

Mono-lingual recruiters, multicultural candidates?

Mono-lingual recruiters, multicultural candidates?

As the size of the global community, both in the social and business spheres, continues to shrink, it is becoming increasingly clear that companies with international connections need to have multilingual employees on their payrolls. The problem is, though, that if the English-speaking company’s human

The need for better foreign language skills in the workforce.

The need for better foreign language skills in the workforce.

The latest CBI / Pearson Education & Skills survey of 542 organisations, employing around 1.6 million people, reports that as the UK competes ever more for business and talent in global markets, employers are looking to up-skill their workforces. Over the next three to five