Security Training for Business Travellers and Expatriates - ti communication presents its partner, Riskworkers

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Security Training for Business Travellers and Expatriates - ti communication presents its partner, Riskworkers

Often, it is the little things that could cost you your life: taking the wrong exit on the motorway, unexpectedly reaching into your jacket pocket, pressing the shutter release on a camera – in some regions of the world, these things can mean big trouble. In the security training course offered by the Munich firm Riskworkers GmbH, employees learn how to get themselves out of precarious situations – or not get into them in the first place.

»Don’t give anything. Even ignore especially pitiable people.« This simple instruction for dealing with beggars in Brazil is one of the ground rules that the Munich-based consulting company Riskworkers passes on to business travellers. »If you go weak and pull out your wallet, you’ll be surrounded by a throng of beggars,« explains Oliver Schneider, managing partner of Riskworkers GmbH. »And crowds of people can quickly become dangerous.« Safety before sympathy is a rule that also applies to places where, as a foreigner, particularly one from the west, you have to expect to be a target based on your nationality alone. That is why it can be a good idea in some places to actually step on the gas instead of offering first aid after a road accident, states Schneider – even if the accident is not your fault: »It wouldn’t be the first time that an innocent victim was lynched.«

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10 tips to better understand the Brazilian spirit

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10 tips to better understand the Brazilian spirit

10 tips for your Worldcup tour to Brazil - or if you are interested in Brazil in general

In March FIFA published a so-called “Brazil for Beginners” guide which raised many split opinions. In all fairness to the Fifa publication, the Brazilian spirit does not exactly allow for a consistent “to do” or “not to do” list. After strong reactions to the list, FIFA decided to remove it from their website, proving once more that in intercultural matters sensitivities can be fierce and what people perceive as being a good sense of humor varies from one place to the other.

Rule # 1: Brazilians Have No Handbook

For many geographic, historical, cultural and religious reasons, Brazilian common sense is precisely not common, but kind of an “individual” common sense if you want … As a result, one of the usual answers you might hear for your questions is, “depende”, which means “it depends”, sa depend, je nach dem, “probably …”

People will apply different – quite inconsistent solutions for sometimes similar situations. So take the following list as a broad guideline and sharpen your senses to deal with each person as an individual, who will put their best foot forward according to the chemistry that might be generated between you.

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