The beauty of cultural diversity

The World is made of different ethnicities and traditions that reflect the story and customs of a community: for this reason, traditions should be treasured and taken into consideration. The Cultural Diversity is a precious resource that cannot be considered insignificant, but must be essential.

The organization of any event, that requires the presence of international partners, has to take into consideration the peculiar traditions of the Countries who is networking with, because a well-planned international meeting can become a satisfying cooperation for both sides, but could also vanish because of insignificant diplomatic accidents, that can put in danger the relationship between the two parts.

Starting from the premise that the World is a limitless source of stimuli based on diversity, that have made possible to reduce the distance between people – we must remember that some cultures didn’t want to be contaminated by the Western World.

Diversity is what makes us exceptional and what made possible positives changes in economy as well as an open mind among people that now accept cultural diversity and work for the progress and others people’s freedom.

We need to embrace diversity from the beginning without making an issue of it. Also, it is important to learn other languages, especially English, though knowing Asiatic idioms is singular too.

Furthermore it’s important to know the rules of international bon-ton; for instance even a simple handshake has its own customs related to the home Country: in Austria people give a brief but strong handshake, whether in Belgium people wait for the woman to make the first move. It’s not recommended to ask impudent and private questions, otherwise you will be considered too curious; Canadians don’t particularly like meddlers. Japanese try to avoid physical contact, and when they have to great somebody they usually bend in a 30 degrees angle; besides that, if you have a Japanese guest you might want to measure the gestures and respect some rules – don’t point at somebody using only the index finger but use the whole hand otherwise it will seem a threat, speak with a lower tone of voice and don’t make too much noise or else the meeting will be ruined. Inviting our guests for lunch also need attention; for Chinese people having lunch it’s not just an occasion to get together, because they also take good care of their guests and they expect the same when they visit another Country.

It is important to include the guest in the event preparation and share the convivial moment. For example, asking to Chinese guests if they prefer the Hong Shao Rou instead of almond chicken, which is now part of the Western menus, or looking together at the menu and add the Zha Xie, a plate of fresh crabs, it will be taken as a sign of respect of the hosted culture.

An essential rule is to avoid getting too close to the guests from the beginning: it is better to be kind while keeping the right distance. Russians in particular don’t like excessive courtesy from people they’ve just met, good manners, in fact, teach how to be respectful of the roles and grades of acquaintances.

It is good to choose the right schedule for the event: for example if you organize dinner it’s important to set a good time (7:00 or 7:30 p.m.), because is some countries such as Russia dinner is around 6 p.m.… and don’t forget to be on time! Being late shows lack of interest and unreliability. In order to respect the cultural diversity it is necessary to know others countries’ customs and companies have the duty to respect that.

Being open minded and appreciate what other cultures can offer is an essential requirement for those who are going to organize the event that embraces the cultural diversity, in order to engage convenient economical and cultural relations. We must think of diversity as a training first, and then as an instrument to guarantee a good relationship between overseas companies.

There never were, in the world, two opinions alike, no more than two hairs, or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

Michel de Montaigne


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