intercultural training for your international business

We make sure you are well prepared to manage your global business

managing the intercultural workforce

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We make sure that you are well prepared for your global business. We assist people in organizations in developing cultural intelligence and enhance their professional effectiveness in working across borders. Intercultural Communication bv was founded in 1994. Our rich experience in 40 countries helps you to become skilled in bridging cultural differences and working in multicultural teams.

Our training style

• Engaging and dynamic
• Topics have immediate relevance to the daily practice of the participant to ensure they develop the tools they need for on-the-job implementation
• People from around the world vary widely in their learning and communication styles.

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As an intercultural consultant speaking many languages, having lived in six countries and worked in 40 countries, Eleonore has a true global mindset. As a key-note speaker she inspires people to think in an international context. Her book and articles on culture related topics are used across businesses and universities and often cited in papers, PhD studies and research for documentaries and talk shows.

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ABOUT US

With 25 years of experience we specialize in improving the interactions of our clients in global settings. We bring together a global team of trainers and partnerships with cultural experts located around the world.     We are based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, while working global with offices in Brussels, Freiburg, Pune (India) and Sao Paulo (Brazil). 

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Highly interactive, hands on and tailored to specific learning and communication styles. Our training sessions are fun, engaging and dynamic with opportunity for participants to actively explore the issues at hand. We recognize that clients from around the world will vary widely in their preferred styles of learning and communication. We ensure that all training matches these styles for maximum impact.

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Effective Cross-Cultural Collaboration

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Succesful International Negotiations

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Effective International Presentations

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Train the International Trainer. Adapting for the International Classroom.

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Expat & Relocation Training

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Specifically Tailored

Highly interactive, hands on and tailored to specific learning  and communication styles. Our training sessions are fun, engaging and dynamic with opportunity for participants to actively explore the issues at hand. We recognize that clients from around the world will vary widely in their preferred styles of learning and communication. We ensure that all training matches these styles for maximum impact.

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Publications

As an intercultural consultant, having lived in six countries, worked in 40 countries and speaking many languages, Eleonore has a true global mindset.  Her book and articles on culture related topics are used across businesses and universities and often cited in papers, PhD studies, research for documentaries and talk shows. She authored over a 100 articles for the traditional printed media and numerous articles on-line.

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WORLD


Overcome language barriers in global business

Misunderstandings, irritations, feelings of exclusion and a sense of inferiority, are daily challenges for non-native English speakers trying to communicate in the language of global business. What exactly happens. 

What does service-minded mean in various cultures

The concept of “service-minded” differs from country to country. A lack of appreciation for these differences across cultures can lead to disappointment for both the party at the receiving end and the one providing the service.

Strengths and weaknesses of multicultural relationships

Why do people of different nationalities easily fall in love and become a happy couple when living together in a foreign host country?  When one of them decides to take a job in his or her home-country, they move!  But what happens next? Which emotional obstacles do they face?

Inspire your international audience in a four-minute presentation

Can you get undivided attention when giving a presentation? Can you motivate your clients and colleagues to take the necessary action? Can you adapt your presentation style to the cultural background of your audience? Yes, you can!

Meetings that matter

A meeting is not only a good occasion for networking, presenting products, discussing problems or communicating decisions. An effective meeting will take you a few steps further into understanding the activities in which you are involved. Applying a format to each meeting helps you to make sure that all the key elements are integrated in the process.

International negotiations

Negotiating is a process in which two or more people discuss common and conflicting interests to reach an agreement of mutual benefit. Using a framework can help you take appropriate actions before and during negotiations and to anticipate your counterpart’s approach. You can adapt the framework outlined in this article to the specific cultural context and negotiation style of various European countries.

EUROPE


Communicating Across Borders – Northern Europe I

If the name “European Union” gives you the impression that the countries of the EU really form an internal union, you are unfortunately mistaken.

Communicating across Borders – Southern Europe II

In this article we will take you on a cultural journey through the southern region of the European Union. This region is also referred to as the Mediterranean. The area includes the countries of Italy, Spain, Portugal, France and Malta.

FRANCE


French business culture and etiquette

How we look upon and judge the lifestyle and workplace of other cultures depends on how we view the world from our own cultural background.

GERMANY


German culture and etiquette

Germany is a large ountry with a substantial internal market. Nevertheless, German organizations are strongly represented worldwide. Many countries consider Germany to be an important and trusted business partner. In contrast to other countries large German business are often family companies.

THE NETHERLANDS


Dutch business culture and etiquette

How we look upon and judge the lifestyle and workplace of other cultures depends on how we view the world from our own cultural background.

Royal glitter in the sober Dutch egalitarian culture

The Argentinean born Queen Maxima of the Netherlands once said in an official speech “There is no Dutch identity”. That statement was not well received by the Dutch public.

INDIA


The Indian Mind set

Mindsets play an important role in how members of a social group perceive a situation, respond to it, and manage their interaction with group members and those outside of their immediate circle.

THE USA


American culture and etiquette

Americans address each other very informally and are on a the first name basis. This can make it challenging to find out if you speak to the CEO or to the receptionist when at a social event.


Wereldwijd Zakendoen

Breukel,E, van Eijk, I (1999) Wereldwijd Zakendoen. Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Publisher Contact          ‘Doing Business around the World’ (Wereldwijd Zakendoen) gives a good insight into the differences in doing business in 19 countries. Eleonore Breukel and Inez van Eijk explain how and why business values differ from country to country and how to be successful in working abroad. Communicating, networking, meeting and negotiating are discussed as well as the history and political background of the countries. Practical tips make it a handy book for business people, students and authors. The book is in the Dutch language.

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Where Dutch directness comes from

BBC Eleonore Breukel is cited on Dutch directness and the so-called “Poldermodel”

Zo ziet onze typisch Nederlandse directheid eruit door de ogen van de Britten

EVA JINEK Eleonore Breukel is cited on why Dutch people value openness more than kindness. 

We delivered intercultural programs for

Corporate: Apple Europe, ABNAMRO, Fortis, ING, RaboBank, AON, Equens, Deloitte, TMF, Robert Bosch Group, Shell, Wärtsila, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, DHL, Kluwer, Heinz, Diageo, Van der Landen Industries, AE Rotor Techniek, Suzlon, LM Windpower, RubberNetwork, EmmayHR-Randstad India, Unilever, Heinz, Van Melle, Vlisco, Capgemini, Chiron, Symantec, SAP, Oracle India, Centocor, Johnson & Johnson, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Dishman USA, Organon, Janssen Biologics, RubberNetwork, Yves Rocher, Expatica, SKVC Vilnius.

Governments and NGOs: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Dutch Ministry of Defense, Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs, CBI, Agentschap.NL, RVO, Clingendael Institute, FOM, the National Ombudsman, ECN Energy Center Netherlands. Higher Education: University Nyenrode, Erasmus University, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Business School, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, University Maastricht, Institute of Asian Business Management Rotterdam, TU Delft, Hoge Economische School Amsterdam, InHolland Business School. Corporate Training Institutes: Apple Academy Capgemini Academy, Van DerLanden Academy, ILC-Language Center, Boertien Training.s.