Assumptions in China

Chinese shoppers in Sanlitun Beijing

Hello and greetings from Shunyi for Thursday Nov 4th, the day beofre Guy Fawkes if you are British. If you are not, sorry about that. If you have read any of our previous posts, one of the things you may have noticed is we are big fans of Change Therapy, a website run by Steve, a psychologist up in bonny Scotland. His articles often serve as inspiration for some of our own. Such as this one: Assumptions in China – especially around doing business successfully.

Steven recently published a post on autism and he used the old “take a seat” cartoon to make a point. Further on he referenced the idiom:

That reminded us of a course we were running many years back for Chinese adults, mostly well educated, successful business people.

As part of each morning’s warm up, we would scrawl a proverb or idiom up on the whiteboard and ask them to discuss, explain and relate it to some expression similar in their culture. Mostly they could. Until: “If life gives you lemons etc.”
That was, as we said, decades ago, so details are sketchy, but there were some very creative interpretations. None anywhere near the mark though. From that and similar experiences we realised that things that seem crystal to us are totally baffling to another culture!

This is especially important, and relevant when doing business in a foreign culture, things may not be quite as YOU understand them either. As our world shrinks, and the standing order changes, the centuries old “Western way of doing things is best” is not just being questioned, but rejected. And rightfully so. In International business today, tolerance and patience are two of the most valuable traits any person can own.

Thanks for reading our China news, marketing, tech and social media article – we hope it was useful, relative, informative, valuable.

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Whatever your question re Chinese Business, Marketing Tech or Social Media, she will know the answer, or know someone who does! A brief intro below;

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In 2003 Everlyne Yu co-founded WPBeijing Marketing Studio with Englishman Peter Bic, now known as Bic Brands.

She began Uengager, a company focused on customer engagement, as a SaaS MarTech company in 2017.

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Everlyne is also a key note speaker, lecturer and KOL on MarTech in China. She is CEO of Uengager, business development officer for Bicyu.

Everlyne hs been privileged to work with a variety of international organisations, from VW, Cushman Wakefield, Sodexo, Bristol Myers Squibb to local Chinese firms such as Midea, and OK Order.

If you’re looking for guidance, tips, advice on any aspect of starting or growing a business in China or training, coaching your existing China marketing team for excellence, be sure to check out Uengager. Home page and base for Everlyne Yu. Read her short bio – opposite left – or contact her direct – below – for a free, heart to heart chat.

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A selection of Bicyu clients since 2003

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Published by The Bic

Bicyu is a NZ registered, British owned MarTech business based in Beijing providing marketing, tech, education and information services to European, NZ, Australian, UK, African, and Asian firms doing business in China. We work with local ones too. We've been here doing this since 2003. We also incorporate Aim2D and Uengager in our small brand list.

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