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6 things to remember when communicating on a global level

I recall my unintentional reaction some years ago when our newsroom manager in Shanghai told me they would be closed on a certain Friday for “Tomb Sweeping Day.”  Jokingly, I recall responding to her with something to the effect that Fridays can be “dead” around here, too. The problem: It wasn’t funny to them. Qingming is a traditional Chinese festival for people to go outside and enjoy the greenery of springtime and tend to the graves of their departed.

The moral of the story? Even if you’re speaking the same language, pay attention to how you communicate across different geographic boundaries and don’t assume that our cultural norms are the same in other countries. This is particularly applicable in global business communications.

Writing copy for international reach, rather than just sticking to a local angle can be tricky. There are simple things that often get overlooked in the process of turning a local or national release into a global distribution. Here’s a quick checklist of some things to keep in mind when deciding to communicate on a global level:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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