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How to Ask Questions in a Culturally Intelligent Way

When you collaborate with people from a different cultural background than your own, you may experience things that make you wonder. As a result, there are questions you might want to ask: Is it normal to do things like that in your culture? Why do you do things in that way etc.?

If that happens, try to find a 'cultural informant' – someone with an insider’s view of the other culture – who you can ask.

Be aware though that you can’t ask just anything. And you can’t ask your questions just anywhere. And not just any which way.

If you want good answers, then you must ask your questions in a culturally intelligent way.

Watch the video below and find out how to do it (or click here, if you prefer to watch the video directly on Vimeo).

If you try out this approach – or already have used it – I would love to hear about it! Email me at

I look forward to reading your input!

Annette Dahl, CEO and Chief Trainer at C3 Consulting

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