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Live a meaningful life abroad!


Hey Expat Partner,

Expat Partner Career Coach Heidi wants you to live a meaningful life.

So you can flourish in your own unique way!

Give your life a boost and start today if you don't feel satisfied.

You can start with the free download on top of this page.

It is filled with questions, it makes you think about your current life.

It can be the start of a change in your daily routines.

You can also read my blogs about living a life abroad. 

Expat Life

Expat life can be really nice and stressful at the same time.

Especially when you are the partner of the working International.

Many Expat Partners have to stop working when they cross borders.

Some like it, but many Expat Partners want to return to their job, at some point.

The fact that your own career is on hold for a while, is frustrating for many Expat Partners. 

You are at the right place if you are living abroad, and you want to live a meaningful life again.

Let me listen to your story so I can help you in the best possible way.

Connect with me if you want a free 15-minute call to find out what you need.

A career for all Expat Partners?

To become a happy Expat Partner, having a career is not always the solution.

Some Expat Partners just want to take care of their families, that is fine too!

After all, you have to feel satisfied and happy with your choices in life.

If you feel you need to change something:

Expat Partner Career coach Heidi will help you with your:

  • Job search

  • Networking in the Netherlands

  • LinkedIn profile

  • CV

  • Cultural challenges

  • Starting your own business, big or small

  • Educational Advice

  • Your next step in your career

Sukanya Krishnan on LinkedIn:

I interacted with Expat Partner career coach Heidi, to plan about my career in the Netherlands.

Until I met Heidi, I was almost convinced that homemaker takes the most out of me and I can never go back to work which I used to enjoy more.  Thanks to her guidance, motivation, inspiration, and support.

She really changed my view and within few weeks I became confident that I can go back if I want to, and also whenever I want to. She was very informative and energetic during our calls and ensured that my CV and LinkedIn profile are updated with most recent information. She also ensured that my profile looked professional, suitable and

at the same time attractive for my job hunt in the Netherlands.

The outcome of all her sincere and dedicated efforts is my current job, which I am most happy about!

But for Heidi, I would not have achieved it at all. She is a good mentor and guide for an expat partner, and provides the correct input! I strongly recommend her as the career coach for expat partners.

Top 8 Communication Skills for Expat Partners

Geschreven door Heidi Los

The ability to communicate effectively as an Expat Partner with the people around you in the new country is essential no matter what home country or background you have. If you don’t speak the language of the host country, it’s even more important to communicate effectively. Expat Partners must know how to effectively convey and receive messages. Read more about the top 8 Communication Skills for Expat Partners:

Communication short: ‘transferring information from A to Z’.

Communication skills for Expat Partners

Let me navigate you through the Top 8 Communication Skills for Expat Partners:

1. Respect

People will be more open to you if you show them respect; if you convey respect for their ideas and culture. No matter the distance between your home and host country, culture is always different from what you are used to. And so is the way of communicating with each other. Showing respect is key to any kind of communication.

Stay focused on the conversation. Using simple actions like actively listening when a person speaks, using the person’s name, making eye contact (eye contact is expected in Western cultures) are basic essentials to social interaction.

2. Non-verbal communication

Communication is effective when words are in sync with the presentation and style. Only a small part of our communication is just through words. Important, also, are the tone of voice and body language.

Body language, hand gestures, tone of voice all color the message. Non-verbal signals convey how a person is really feeling.

If you open up for non-verbal communication, you are able to understand (parts of) the conversation, sometimes without even speaking the language very well. You can hone these skills in order to learn more about the people you are talking with and the culture that surrounds them.

3. Friendliness

A simple smile can make the difference. The people you talk to will be more open and honest. The same is true of a friendly tone or a personal question. Your intention of being friendly will be rewarded like icing on the cake.

4. Open mindedness

If you enter any conversation with a flexible open mind it will lead you to more productive and authentic conversations.

Being receptive to new ideas and the belief that others should be free to express their views on things in life will make communication -and life in general- easier.

If you live abroad, you are exposed to different values and beliefs via the culture and the people around you. Open the door to your mind and let new ideas and beliefs come in.

What else…

Let’s move on the numbers 5-8 of the Communication Skills for Expat Partners:

5. Empathy

Being aware of the feelings and emotions of other people -which is a key element of emotional intelligence- is the link between self and others. Be aware of others’ feelings, needs and concerns without being swamped by the feelings of others. Try to tailor the way you interact with others to fit with their needs and feelings. We all bring different things to the table.

6. Listening

Active listening is paying attention to what the other person is saying. By asking clarifying questions and rephrasing what the other says, you will ensure understanding. If you really listen well, you will better understand what the other person is trying to say. Only then can you respond appropriately.

7. Simplicity (or clarity)

Deliver your message to others in as few words as possible. Think about what you want to say before you start speaking. This will help you and it’s more likely you will see less confusion with your audience.

Try to avoid drifting away from your actual message or question. Your listener will know what you want without tuning out.

Use the quality of being easily understood. Check in with the other person to see if you are clear to them.

8. Confidence

In general, it is important to be confident in your interaction with others; even if you do not feel confident with the language, yet. Let me explain: Not speaking the language (yet) could be one of the main problems in terms of understanding one another, of course. The more enthusiasm and belief you show the other (not in speaking the language but in wanting to learn the language) the more confidence you will exude.

Open your mouth and just do it

Make sure you feel more confident bit by bit, or day by day. Attend a language course, visit conversation classes and watch local TV as soon as and as much as possible. The only way to learn a language is to just open your mouth and speak it! The more you (try to) speak the language, the better you will become and the better others will understand you. Don’t worry about making mistakes because they will lead you to the next level.

It is easier to connect with the new friends, families and colleagues in the new country if you improve your communication skills. It’s up to you!

If you like this blog about Communication Skills for Expat Partners, please share among your friends. ♥ Thank you! You can also read and share (yes please) the blog about LinkedIn that is also about communication.

  • Francis zegt: 07 February 2017 communication in another country, even if you speak the language, is a challenge as there are so many social rules to follow and non verbal mistakes you can make. Even moving from Holland to Belgium was a big change in this respect. I am glad that you mentioned the difference regarding eye contact (in Western cultures) as in some countries this could be intimidating and putting yourself above the person you are talking to. These communication skills are important for all expats (not just the partners).
    • Heidi Los zegt: 07 February 2017 Communication is always difficult, actually in all cases (Expat, Expat Partner or the communication with your friends - and don't forget family…)! So, I agree that this is for all expats, Francis! I also like your comment about your experience in Belgium, a lot of people underestimated this.

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