When planning meetings with international colleagues or clients, being aware of cultural differences and nuances is essential. Effective communication amongst a diverse group means understanding the contrast and similarities between various backgrounds. The Dutch direct communication style became a point of discussion among colleagues at Meetingselect’s Annual Internal Summit. So, to dive deeper into this, we’ve interviewed 2 of our Dutch employees; Thomas and Willemijn, plus 2 of our international colleagues; Sara from Lebanon and Tushar from India.
How would you describe the perceived Dutch direct style of communication?
What are the benefits of communicating directly?
What do you notice when communicating with colleagues from other countries?
Can you describe the communication style of your culture?
How do you experience the directness of Dutch colleagues?
How has it affected your work and interactions within the company?
How has Dutch directness strengthened communication between colleagues?
And in what ways has it been challenging?
If so, how have you adapted your communication style when working with other cultures?
Do you think other cultures should incorporate more directness?
What’s your advice for Dutch and international colleagues in working together?