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#LIVE 001 - Cultural Stereotypes: Be Self-Aware and Don't Judge by Sunaina, Christian, John & Margot


Most people think cultural awareness is about learning about other people and how they do and don’t do things. This is a common misconception.


Although this is certainly part of it, cultural awareness also relies heavily on self-awareness.


In TCP #LIVE last month with John Ho, Christian Supply-Chain Barmen and Margot Ling on the topic of #Stereotypess in the Workplace" , Sunaina Vij mentioned a very interesting insight on how important it is to be self aware and not judge the other person in any interaction.


Self-awareness helps us acknowledge that we are shaped by the world around us. By acknowledging this about yourself, you also acknowledge that this is just as true for anyone else – everyone does what they do due to underlying influences. The process might be slow and tedious but ultimately it will help you better respond rather than react in multicultural settings.


About the Speakers:


Ms. Sunaina Vij is a certified Cultural Intelligence facilitator (CQ) and a linguist. Based in Mumbai, she founded The Bridge to facilitate intercultural growth in the multicultural subcontinent of India. She is associated with various organisations such as American School of Bombay, Alliance française de Bombay and Renaissance strategic Consultant Pvt. ltd. She is also a part of SIETAR Europa (Society for Intercultural Training and Research) 2019 organising committee. With over a decade of experience, she has worked with senior management of different organisations such as AREVA India Pvt Ltd., Ernst & Young, Intelnet Global and State Bank of India- Société Générale. She has also worked with educational institutions in India and expats living in Mumbai. Her areas of expertise include Cross-Cultural communication, Cultural Intelligence facilitation and inclusive work practice. She is a FLE specialist (teaching French as foreign language). She knows English, Hindi, French and three Indian regional languages.


Mr. Christian Barmen, the Norwegian business entrepreneur with decades of experience in Asia. Dedicated Biohacker and certified Ben Greenfield trainer. Runs a frontier technology lab that explores fundamental questions of biophysics. Produced 2.5 million portable solar cell lamps for UNHCR in Africa. Christian is currently based in Chiang Mai of Thailand with offices in China.


Mr. John Ho is a social media marketing strategist and co-founder of Alt_. He grew up in Hong Kong and after graduating from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he spent his first 10 years in Hong Kong working in the hospitality sector. Later on he pursued in network marketing business and also became one of the pioneers in mobile live-streaming with Periscope (Twitter Live App). His global audience is more than 60,000 combined with over 5,000 hours of stream time across platforms like Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. He helped built a Facebook page (Martial Tribes) to over 4 million page fans and also created the page "Married to Chiang Mai" with highly engaging content in various formats. John and his family are currently living in Thailand and he is creating his first co-living and co-working space in the old city of Chiang Mai.


As a Global Mindset and Growth Mindset evangelist, Ms. Margot Ling is one of the Certified Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Facilitators in Greater China from a business background. In recent years, Margot is also a performance & empowerment coach for tech start-up CEOs and global executives. Using her unique background in digital media and coaching, she created the A.G.I.L.E. performance coaching model to help clients to achieve sustainable growth. Margot has been a guest speaker in public institutions and universities in Hong Kong. She has also trained a wide range of content partners in the region, including China state-owned media, international media and private technology companies. Margot's Cross-Cultural Performance Workshop participants over the last year rated their satisfaction at an average of 94%. She speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese.


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