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Critical Thinking and Cultural Differences

Locate a free video clip (such as those found on youtube- see examples below) that has speakers or panelists from more than one country who are discussing a topic. Identify at least four elements of influence and/or negotiation used that highlight cultural differences. One of your speakers may be an American but the other(s) must be from another country. There is no word-count requirement for this posting, but you must provide the URL link and a clear description of the four (or more) influence/negotiation differences you found in the verbal exchange.

Example panels:

Social Networking Panel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uKxZhtlteY
Global Warming Panel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPqHpCo8Bnc
Mediation Conflict http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cfoq_r5Aebk

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1_dJnnfaIo

There were very clear differences in the verbal exchange. The British Moderator for the BBC, former U.S.Treasury Secretary, John Snow, Ben Vaerwaayen, CEO of BT from Finland and the former Governor of the Bank of Israel all had a common intonation which was loud and assertive. All white males from industrialized and developed nations spoke assertively while the soft voices and unassuming postures came from Ndiokereke-Onyiuke, CEO of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and a woman, Palaniappan Chidambaram, Indian ...

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There were very clear differences in the verbal exchange. The British Moderator for the BBC, former U.S.Treasury Secretary, John Snow, Ben Vaerwaayen, CEO of BT from Finland and the former Governor of the Bank of Israel all had a common intonation which was loud and assertive. All white males from industrialized and developed nations spoke assertively while the soft voices and unassuming postures came from Ndiokereke-Onyiuke, CEO of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and a woman, Palaniappan Chidambaram, Indian Finance Minister, and Cheng Siwei of the National Peoples Economic Congress of China.

The Indian representative was particularly polite and used bowing motions when he spoke. He was polite even when contradicted. He did not boast about ...

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