A couple weeks ago I mentioned that the first episode of Cross-Cultural Conversations was on it’s way. Well… It’s here. Or, to be more precise, it’s scheduled for a YouTube Premiere.
On May 4th of this year, I sat down and talked with Lucien Fantke about his experiences doing business in China.
That interview will premiere on YouTube on 201-05-26 @08:00 Chicago time (13:00 GMT, 21:00 Beijing time)
Lucien is a German who grew up in East Germany before the reunification. He’s been living in China for the past 15 years, and several years ago opened his own language center focused on business English. He’s also a colleague and a good friend of mine. Lucien (along with Cicely Peng–who I hope to interview soon) was instrumental in helping me to stay in China after I had been stabbed in the back by my first employer1It is extremely rare that I speak ill of a former employer, but in this case it was warranted. She did everything she could to try to force me out of China–including breaking the law. Lucien saw that I had value, and Cicely took the risk to hire me (which paid off).
I was very happy to have Lucien as my first guest, because I knew there would be difficulties getting everything working properly from a technical standpoint, and Lucien is both adept at tech and patient. The start of a new project is always filled with problems. Lucien and I worked through them, but it took a little time. This is why it’s taken over 2 weeks to get from interview to final video.
The result isn’t perfect from a technical standpoint, but the content is worthwhile.
Blaze is the founder of Redleaf Consulting. He started as a dishwasher at the age of 15, and worked his way up to Director of Marketing for a Sino-German joint venture in Jiangsu, China. He has over 25 years of experience in education, communication, and marketing.
|It is extremely rare that I speak ill of a former employer, but in this case it was warranted. She did everything she could to try to force me out of China–including breaking the law. Lucien saw that I had value, and Cicely took the risk to hire me (which paid off).