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ISSSTRAINS encompasses workshops, student and scholar panels, and coaching to build the global skills that lead to more effective and enjoyable intercultural communication.

We take intercultural theory and international experience and help you develop global competence right where you are. ISSSTRAINS will help make sure that translates well in your diverse teams and as you serve diverse, international populations.

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Training Workshops Intercultural Spotlight Global Competence Coaching
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Participants leave our interactive workshops with the intercultural knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to succeed on diverse teams as they serve our international population.

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Hear directly from international students and scholars about their home countries, cultures, family dynamics, education systems, their university experience, and more.

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We work with participants to assess individual and team global competence, provide custom development plans, and work with teams as they build new habits and systems of intercultural communication.

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Training Workshops

Each workshop follows this simple plan: practice cultural awareness, learn intercultural self-management skills, and apply intercultural models to your workplace. Participants describe our workshop atmosphere as “relaxed and collegial” and report feeling more equipped to solve intercultural communication problems in their work.

This classic ISSS training examines 6 causes for intercultural communication breakdown and offers suggestions for how to avoid them.

ISSS’ Names training reviews the phonetic components of specific languages and teaches participants how to pronounce names in those languages correctly. Current offerings are Chinese and Korean.

Communicating Across Language Difference explores the various communication styles: direct vs. indirect, linear vs. circular, affective vs. neutral. It encourages participants to consider how adapting to various styles can improve communication.

In this training, participants will become acquainted with the stages of intercultural development. As participants develop intercultural competence, they will learn to bridge the gap from diversity to inclusion.

This assessment tool evaluates where participants are on the Intercultural Development Continuum and offers a developmental plan to progress to the next stage. Includes a one-on-one coaching session with a Qualified Administrator!