Guests from all kinds of ventures — large and small companies, nonprofits, consultants and others – showcase their careers, experiences, cultural challenges, what’s worked and what hasn’t – as they enter new global markets.

Summary: Episode 1

Adventure. Exploring. Ask. Be humble. Enjoy. These are some of the insights that Mark S A Smith presents in his podcast on doing International Business in 54 countries over 42 years … with tips about foods, meetings, interpreters and learning quickly how to behave abroad.

Summary: Episode 2

NeuroEducation. Languages. Cultures. Adaptation. Flexibility. European business. These are some of the themes explored in our podcast with Rachael Paling, director of Efficient Language Coaching Global SLU as she has trained almost 1200 coaches across 70+ countries. She is now developing Neuroheart Education for educators worldwide.

Summary: Episode 3

Battered women and Beach breaks. Who would have thought that those are major problems in international business? Craig Handley, CEO of ListenTrust, a $150M call center company, talks about many cultural and business challenges working in Mexico and Belize. These include motivators for weekend work, commission vs. salary, focus on family and acculturation plus mentoring to grow entrepreneurs. And Craig’s background will amaze you.

Summary: Episode 4

From being a “young, brash American” abroad to becoming a senior VP and global executive working in over 150 countries, Jon Pedersen shares lessons about financial, cultural, and offshore business practices and how to get your desired result.

Sealing a deal on a Handshake

Summary: Episode 5

Mr. Mo Cissé, who came to the US at age 12 from Guinea in West Africa, aims to become the global leader in sustainable fashion through his online company, Meraki Allure, LLC. In contrast with the US, Mo explains how Africa offers faster turnarounds, faster partnerships and far fewer legal constraints, all based on a handshake, relationships, trust, and a personal reputation that creates credit. With a primary focus on family, Mo highlights that people with the tiniest salaries are often the happiest people.

Summary: Episode 6

Joerg Kemkes, a partner of the German firm Rueter und Partner, presents how a German CPA firm is far more than its American counterpart. He also gives business and cultural cues — including ordering in restaurants —when in Germany. With almost ten years ‘ experience in the US and over 25 years in tax consulting in its many forms, Joerg gives examples of how he and his firm smooth transitions of HR, legal, tax and other issues for international businesses entering the German market.

In-bound Human Assets for the US Economy

Summary: Episode 7

Incredible innovations, emerging technologies, and entrepreneurship. Impostor syndrome, trauma and major cultural differences presenting yourself. These are some of the issues explored by Sophie Alcorn, owner of the top start-up immigration law firm in Silicon Valley as she helps bring tech innovators to the US “in the national interest,” enabling them to fulfill their dreams.

Summary: Episode 8

After living in five countries, selling US weapons through the Office of Defense Cooperation, speaking fluent Mandarin, and with businesses in Sri Lanka, Dave Chesson now leads Kindlepreneur, top-rated by Amazon to teach people how to self-publish and market their own books. His Navy experience is full of stories of power plays with admirals, “brutally honest” comments inappropriate in other cultures, and drinking and eating games to psych out and neutralize the opposing side. His exciting podcast also presents the pros and cons of doing business in Sri Lanka, the critical role of competent and capable middle managers, how paying in dollars there attracts the best talent for his ventures.

Summary: Episode 9

Ms. Eden Tadesse, only 25, introduces Ethiopia-based Invicta, an amazing and award-winning global nonprofit (a business in a different format) that links refugees worldwide with online training and remote job opportunities, often in IT and cybersecurity. Exploring cultural differences such as time and communication styles, Eden shows how multi-skilled and multi-talented refugees are both resilient and an asset to world businesses. She also presents her personal story of being kidnapped.