Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
Do you often feel it is difficult to communicate with your fellow co-workers, boss, or clients due to a difference in cultural backgrounds, values or languages?
This is a common problem in Silicon Valley due to its heavily diverse population.
When I first arrived to the US, I tried to apply my Japanese way of thinking when I interacted with Americans and expected the same from them. However, this caused much frustration on both sides and I realized that there should be no expectation from either party to fully adapt to each other’s cultures.
What needed to be done was to bridge the gap between each other’s culture by providing a means for each other to be exposed to and have a better understanding of one another’s culture and language.
Silicon Valley English Communication Service is one such business that provides a solution to bring people of various cultures and languages together. SVECS helps streamline the process that enables effective communication between different cultures and languages in both professional and personal interactions.
Imagine the scene where the President of the US and the Prime Minister of Japan are speaking to one another. Look closely and you will see another person or persons just over their shoulders whispering an interpretation into their ears to ensure real communication and understanding is taking place.
Services such as SVECS help remove the necessity for such a person. We, and other schools like us assist people of various cultures to speak for themselves n business and personal situations.
Good, clear and understandable communication is essential to good business relations.
Are you sure you understood what the other party said? Are you sure they understood you?
Services like SVECS can give you that confidence.
Satoko Matsuya is CEO of Silicon Valley English Communication Service, a company that has helped clients from such Japanese companies as SONY, FUJITSU, DOCOMO and PANASONIC to communicate more effectively with their American counterparts.
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.