“The shortest path to oneself leads around the world”

Hermann von Keyserling

“The shortest path to oneself leads around the world”

Hermann von Keyserling

Do you work in a multicultural team and sometimes wish communication would run a bit smoother? Do you try hard to convey your message to your colleagues with a different cultural background, but you find that the result sometimes falls short of your expectations?

Good news! You are not the only one who has trouble navigating the cultural maze of a multicultural team. More than a simple inconvenience, miscommunications and misunderstandings cost a lot of time and energy. This may ultimately affect your organization’s bottom line.

So instead of muddling through ‘business as usual’, why not call on someone who is well-versed in working with people with different cultural backgrounds and get to the root of the problem!

My name is Marlies van Exter and I am here to help you improve your intercultural communication.

Through strategic advice, training and coaching, we will work together to achieve a smooth, respectful, effective ánd inclusive communication for your organization.

Work with me

Training

Do you want to learn how to recognize and understand the cultural differences and similarities between you and your colleagues? Would you like to increase the effectiveness of your multicultural team? I’m here to help you.

Coaching

Coaching is an effective way to continue to develop your “intercultural intelligence”. An essential skill in today’s globalized world. And whereas cultural knowledge can be learned, intercultural intelligence requires practice.

Consultancy

Are you struggling with a cultural dilemma that requires a quick solution? Are you looking for a practical answer to improve intercultural communication within your multicultural team or with your foreign business partners?

Communication strategy

Is it a challenge to find the right tone of voice to reach your culturally diverse audience? Do you find yourself using a one-size fits all approach to communication? Do you ever wonder if your target audience identifies with your communication efforts?

Storytelling

Storytelling. How often have you heard this word lately? Everyone seems to be talking about it, but you – honestly – have no idea what it is exactly. Well, the answer is quite simple: storytelling is the telling of stories. “Really? That’s all it is?”, I can hear you think.

Brazil

Are you doing business in Brazil and would you like to learn more about the ‘Brazilian way of thinking and communicating’ to ensure your operations runs smoothly? I’m here to help. Doing business in Brazil demands a lot more than just professional skills.

“Marlies is a friendly consultant who listens very well to all parties involved. She asks the right questions, looks for the different perspectives and underlying motives and is persistent. If she is unsure of anything, she will pause at the right time and clarify. An approachable, friendly person and wonderful to work with.”

Sue van der Giessen, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture & Built Environment

 

“I learned from Marlies that there is more than one way to get the job done. But, if I had to choose one skill that truly stands out it would be her ability to keep cool, calm and collected under pressure.”

Lucille Holtel, Real Alliance

 

“I know Marlies as an excellent and open-minded interculturalist. She considers cross cultural communication as an important way to cooperate with diverse people and she is able to understand the complex relationships between cultures. Not only in their habits and customs, but also in business interactions.”

Kirilka Peeva-Müller, Budapest Metropolitan University

 

“Marlies is a very loyal and energetic person, and she makes sure she get the job done. She has extensive experience with many cultures and has great insight into the human mind.”

Suzette Jansen, Windtown

 

“Marlies is a born communication professional. In addition, she is authentic, creative, driven and a very pleasant counterpart.”

Bas Kuiper, CBR

 

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From Paraguay with love: when home’s not home

From Paraguay with love: when home’s not home

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My friends always joke I am from Paraguay.

Paraguay. That small South-American country with less than 7 million inhabitants, sandwiched between Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina. Famous for its hot lowlands and lush rainforest, its capital Asuncion, its Guaraní Indians, its Jesuits, its cowboys and its good meat.

But do you know where Paraguay is most famous for? It’s for its fake products.

And this is the country my friends joke I am from.

They couldn’t be more wrong though, as I come from Noordwijk, a small seaside town not far from Amsterdam.

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World Tuberculosis Day: the power of storytelling

World Tuberculosis Day: the power of storytelling

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Yesterday it was World Tuberculosis Day. For most people, tuberculosis is “a disease from the past” and something very distant from their life. But did you know that tuberculosis is the number 1 most deadly infectious disease in the world and one of the ten most common causes of death? The numbers don’t lie: every year 10 million people get infected by the disease and more than 1.5 million people die from it. That’s more than 4,000 people a day! Totally unnecessary, as tuberculosis is preventable and curable.

Years ago I worked on a tuberculosis project in some favelas in Rio de Janeiro.

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Alternative Ways to use storytelling

Alternative Ways to use storytelling

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Paris. City of love, the Eiffel Tower, grand cafes and the best croissants in the world. More than 21 years ago I was here for the last time. France had become world champion for the first time by beating the Brazilians with 3-0. Deliriously happy Frenchmen were hanging from windows everywhere, singing the “Marseillaise” out loud and waving their red-white-blue frenetically. The city was one big mayhem and you could feel the unity right within the depths of your body.

Now, 21 years later, the reality is quite different. “Please be careful,” I hear more than once, when I tell people that I’m going to Paris for work.

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