This half-day of training is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to work well across cultures (and often associated faiths), either among business colleagues or clients, or within churches or with the communities around them. It is not primarily about having all the right cultural answers; rather, it is about building the ability to ask all the right questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
But if we already get on well with these people, why bother with the training? The answer is that cultural interaction is complex, with people often least aware of their own assumptions when interacting, like fish unaware of the water in which they swim. Participants learn to become more aware of cultural behaviours in everyday interactions (including their own) and unknowing assumptions that they (and others) make within them. This lets them build skills to adjust their actions accordingly through learning to recognise underlying dimensions common to every culture, including their own.
Such cultural interaction is complex and people are often least aware of their own assumptions when interacting, like fish unaware of the water in which they swim. Participants learn how to become more aware of cultural behaviours (including their own) in regular interactions and unknowing assumptions that they (and others) make within them. This lets them build skills to adjust their actions accordingly through learning to recognise underlying dimensions common to every culture, including their own.
You can see an example of an introductory talk to the training here.
Debriefing and digital reflection afterwards lets participants then consider implications for their own future working practice.
Additionally though, Faiths Awareness Training can be added if it is also a faith group, to highlight cultural aspects associated.
This training could be used as an opportunity to build relations with a local faith group of interest, and to approach them about hosting a visit as part of this training. Please contact us for help on how to go about this.
Alternatively, if based near London, training can be run in conjunction with the Kings Centre in Southall, with good public transport links and plenteous free parking available.
If a particular faith group is in focus, then a one-day option is available through combining this training with Faiths Awareness Training. This enables inclusion of a visit to a faith centre and interaction with a practitioner as part of the day.
If pricing is a problem for you, other alternatives can also be considered. We passionately believe in the importance of this learning and we want as many people as possible to benefit. Pricing is set though to make future training sustainable, considering costs such as content development and publicity.
It works best though when greater cultural diversity exists within the class, so participant numbers should also be considered with this in mind.