I vividly remember my first full day in Seoul. A colleague and I were being treated to a delicious Korean barbecue dinner by our Korean distributor’s 15-member team after a long day of product training.
As the meat was cooking at the table, my counterpart and I found ourselves in a slightly awkward position. Even though we had worked with this distributor for the last five years, our communication had primarily been through email. As we talked, we grappled with the language barrier and quickly exhausted our small talk topics.
After mentioning how lovely the restaurant was and how we were looking forward to the meal, I pulled up Google Translate on my phone and typed in some simple, non-business questions such as: What kind of movies do you like?… Read More