Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Freight Broker Grads

Jacksonville Freight Broker Training Graduates with Instructor Susie Moore

A few of our most recent Freight Broker Training Graduates graciously told us about their experience in class.  They thought the course was wonderful, great, and informative.  Here is a bit of what they had to say:

"I had a wonderful experience during the class.  Susie (instructor) explained everything so it was easy to understand.  I learned a lot of great tips.  I’m truly grateful my husband and I were able to attend this class.  Thank you Susie and Brooke transportation for this learning experience.– S. Mosley

"Love this class.  A lot of information.  Amazing teacher.  Thank you Susie Moore . You are amazing.  Thank you Brooke Training."  –Yulia Aminov

"I was overly impressed with what I learned in this class.  It was very informative compared to the online course.  I was able to understand more.  Loved the class.–A. Mosley

Every month we have live classes in various locations.  The classes are intimate so each participant has the opportunity to ask questions, get clarification and enjoy one on one time with the instructors.  Check our online calendar for a course near you.  www.transportationtraining.com

Thursday, June 9, 2016

ESL Selling

Do you have ESL (English as second language) prospects? Avoid getting your foot caught in your mouth and accidentally offending them, by understanding their unique cultural needs.  We have trained freight brokers in our school from many different cultures.  I find their backgrounds and traditions fascinating.  I know some of what I say in training is misunderstood by those with a strong grasp of the English language...imagine the misunderstanding that can happen when English is not the strongest language.  The best communication only happens when we understand each other.  
Here are some excerpts from an article on Entrepreneur.com by Tom Hopkins regarding those cultural challenges:

If you do business with people from cultural groups different than your own, you would be wise to invest some time understanding their cultures as well as their needs in terms of your products and services. You may not necessarily be doing business with people in another country, but with those from other countries who have relocated near your place of business. If you want their business, you have to understand their needs on many levels.

Some words and phrases you often use in conversation--or even on your website--just don't translate into the same meaning that you may wish to impart, confusing your customers who speak English as a second language. Or worse, the translation may unintentionally be offensive when made.

Here are a few things you need to be aware of when dealing with clients from different cultures than your own.

  • Be patient when building trust and establishing relationships. People from countries other than the United States generally need more time to build trust. It's important to observe a greater degree of formality when becoming acquainted than you would use with a client who was born and raised locally.
  • Speak more slowly than you normally do, but don't raise your voice because you think the other person can't understand you. Volume doesn't usually increase comprehension. Also, don't speak down to them as if they're children.
  • Avoid slang, buzzwords, idioms, jargon and lingo. These can all be easily misunderstood by those whose primary language isn't your own. Just use simple language until you can get an idea of what level of your language they understand.
  • Prepare your interpreter. If you're using an interpreter, make sure the interpreter meets with the people for whom they're interpreting before you actually begin to sell them your product or service. This will allow the interpreter to learn the language patterns, special terminology and numbers used by the people they're translating for.
  • Pay attention to nonverbal interaction cues. The word "yes" or an affirmative nod often means "Yes, I hear you" in Asian cultures, not "Yes, I agree." If you see a nod and move on to closing the sale, you may frighten them off with what appears to them as over-zealousness.

Culture is as much an influence on people as their personal experiences, so knowing about your clients' customs and traditions only makes sense. That way, neither you nor your client will be made to feel uncomfortable and selling can be done.

If you need or want to find out about another culture, some wonderful resources are available to steer you in the right direction and tell you everything you need to know. Spend some time browsing through your local library or bookstore to see what's out there. Or go online and look under the topics of "protocol," "diversity" or "cultural awareness."

Depending on your product and how much business you might be doing with clients from cultures unfamiliar to you, a good source is: www.usaprotocol.com. (handbook for U.S. diplomats on proper etiquette and protocol for engagements with people from diverse cultures around the world).

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach