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  • Dealing with Cultural Challenges

    Jenny Xiao, PhD
    Working in the US
    Skill Building
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    Last week, I attended a workshop called “Dynamic Presentations.”  It was a good workshop but, to my surprise, the teacher focused on how to use voice and gestures, rather than on how to make and deliver a power point presentation.  At the end of the training, all of the trainees discovered their weaknesses and improved their communication styles.  My weakness is in articulation, which did not surprise me or anyone in the program. As the only non-native English speaker in the class, I have and will always have a foreign accent.  As a native Chinese speaker, it is challenging for me to distinguish “V” from “W,” or pronounce the short “L” clearly.  Therefore, “overwhelming” is one of the hardest words for me.  While my native speaker coworkers concentrate on the content of the presentation, I need to struggle with finding the best words to express my thoughts and pronounce them ...