H. Men, Women, and Misunderstandings

March 15, 2019

I think we can all agree that men and women have different communication styles and preferences, different emotional reactions to the same events, and different ways when responding to the same request. Authors are writing books, HR professionals and lawyers are teaching sexual harassment prevention classes, marriage counselors are giving advice, movies are being produced all over the world. And we still routinely misunderstand, misjudge, and mistreat each other.

This highly interactive workshop takes participants through various activities aimed at exploring differences in how women and men communicate and how various cultures contribute to these differences. The primary goal of this workshop is to equip intercultural and diversity practitioners with practical tools and effective methodologies to address gender differences in the workplace.

Some topics to be explored are: growing up as a gendered experiences, the challenges working in teams, misunderstandings vs. intentional mistreatment, how gender and culture plays out in the workplace, and the generational realities of the #MeToo era. In addition, participants will expand their facilitator/trainer toolboxes and be able to identify action steps relevant to their workplace environment.

Tatyana Fertelmeyster cross cultural communication strategies

Tatyana Fertelmeyster is a founder and principal of Connecting Differences, LLC, a boutique consulting company specializing in helping diverse teams and organizations to build trust, improve communication, and leverage differences to achieve sustainable results in productivity, innovation, and customer experience. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with special expertise in working with complex inter-group and intra-group dynamics, change management, and challenging interpersonal relationships. In addition, Tatyana holds an MA in Journalism from Moscow State University (Russia) and an MA in Guidance and Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago, USA). She is a faculty member at the Summer, Winter, and Qatar Institutes for Intercultural Communication and a past president of SIETAR USA (Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research). She proudly carries two informal titles awarded to her by clients – Chief Clarity Officer and Black Belt of Facilitation.