Dialogue 1 I(Isalella) M(Matthew)
I: Matthew, do you know much about body language in countries around the world?
M: Sure. I've picked up a few things from travelling around for work. why?
I: Well, I had a meeting today with a woman from Japan and she wouldn't stop bowing! I didn't know what to do!
M: Did you bow back?
I: No, I tried to shake her hand, but her hand was so limp I was a bit offended.
M: Well, Japanese businessmen and women typically bow to greet each other in Japan. She might have been offended by your strong handshake.
I: But she was in America! Shouldn't she have known that strong handshakes in America signify confidence and respect?
M: Things are different in Japan. You know, in some countries, making eye contact with others is considered rude.
I: Is that why she wouldn't look at me in the meeting?
M: I think it's highly possible, yes.
I: The meeting really didn't go down well at all. I think I need to read up about intercultural communication before I have another meeting with someone from another country.
M: That's a good idea. When you don't know much about other cultures, the simplest thing can offend someone.
I: That's so true. It's great that we see eye to eye on this.
M: Well, what did you think about the last candidate? Do you think we should hire her?
I: She had a very impressive resume, but she seemed to lack the confidence that I think a good manager needs.
M: What made you think that she wasn't very confident?
I: Did you notice the way that she avoided making eye contact with us while she talked?
M: She was a bit nervous, I guess. What else?
I: When she first walked into the room to greet us, she didn't shake our hands or introduce herself at all. I thought that was a bit unprofessional.
M: you're right. If she walked into meetings with our clients like that, it would make our company look bad, wouldn't it?
I: It sure would. Did you also notice the way she slouched in her chair during most of the interviews? She had horrible posture!
M: I agree. I guess I was paying more attention to her answers than her body language.
I: On top of that, she didn't seem to have any sense about people's personal space. She didn't keep enough distance between us when during the meeting.
M: That's true. I guess we'll have to keep looking for a manager then.
I: Don't worry, we'll find someone eventually!