The following was extracted from one of my lectures in the Business Culture Fundamentals Specialization of the KBC Professional Certification Program. Visit Korea Business Central for more information on the program and to register and get certified.
"I want to discuss the Rapid Relationship Building video, which is the additional required resource for the lesson. It’s a bit long, I know, and isn’t about Korea specifically, but the content is solid, and I encourage you to watch it to the end (at least until the advertising kicks in) since it’s instructive to observe how certain things in E. Asia really are the same from country to country (though plenty is different – which reminds me of my Mom asking me a question a few years ago about culture in Vietnam since she figured things can’t be all that different there than in Korea…).
"I ran this video by a fellow Korea-focused American professional of mine back in 2009 when I made it and he had some helpful feedback that I’d like to share with you. Here’s what he said:
- “Many Asians (especially Asian-Americans) don’t like the word “Orient”. Better terms would include E. Asia and the Far East.” OK, noted.
- “If one doesn’t want to drink in a business setting, blaming it on the doctor is a good approach. It’s much more effective to say, “My doctor has put me on a non-alcoholic diet due to recent outbreaks of gout” than “I’m not really feeling like drinking today”.” Yes, indeed!
- “Cut out the advertising about your website! Nobody wants to think you’re selling them something.” Well, OK. Sorry… Please skip that part. The content stands on its own without it, though.
"Alright, this brings us to the end of today’s lecture. What did you think? Did anything I mention bring up a question or comment? Have you noticed something about Korean culture that doesn’t quite square with my perspective?
"Please share with the class! (And you don’t even have to raise your hand before speaking!)"