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Making friends as an expatriate
Quite often the success of an expatriate assignment can hinge on the speed at which you meet like-minded people with whom you can form friendships and who can help you to settle into life away from home. In order to do this it is often extremely important that you start to network with fellow expatriates and locals alike and many expats are all too aware of the need to get out there and socialize. However, many expats make the same mistakes that impact their ability to meet new friends. Here is our lowdown of seven mistakes that expats should avoid when meeting new people.
1) Judging on First Impressions
Do you ever find yourself meeting new people and instantly making a decision as to whether they are a potential suitable friend for you or not? When you are new to a country and you meet friendly people you really should avoid prejudging them. Give everyone you meet your time and energy, over time you will be in a better position to make a decision as to whether or not you can be really good friends.
2) Failing to Follow Up
When you are new to a country you will meet a lot of new people and you will find yourself with a large number of cards and contact numbers. Many expatriates make the same mistake of failing to follow up on these. While it can take a lot of guts to pick up the phone and dial the number of someone you only met briefly, the truth is that they gave you their number and they were therefore expecting you to call them. Making new friends will take some effort on your behalf and if people have reached out to you and asked you to get in touch then you should do exactly that.
3) Not Listening
As with all things in life, listening is extremely important and when you meet people for the first time you should really listen to them in order to understand what drives, interests and motivates them. Only then will you be in a position to understand what you have in common and what really makes this person tick. When you next meet them you can ask after their interests and this will help you to form a rapport with them.
4) Talking About Yourself Too Much
If you have followed point three then this should not be too much of a problem but many expatriates make the mistake of focusing on themselves when they first meet a new person. Keen to impress and demonstrate why they would make a great friend they are so engrossed in providing details of their own lives that they fail to show interest in the person they have met. This will get you nowhere in the popularity stakes.
5) Failing to Make an Effort
Many expatriates may be planning on staying in a given location for a short period of time and may therefore think that there is no point in trying to make an effort to network with new people. This is often referred to as short-timer syndrome. If you move to a new country with the attitude that there’s no point in trying to make friends then you will end up isolated and alone. Even if the situation is temporary it seems like a terrible waste of an opportunity. Embrace your time overseas, no matter how short it may be and get out there and meet people.
6) Only Focusing on What is in it For You
If you are meeting people and immediately questioning what they can do for you, who they can introduce you to and what doors they may be able to open for you, you have the wrong attitude. Take a long-term approach to networking and meeting friends and acknowledge that, while not everyone will be instantly able to get you into the right social circles or get your resume in front of key recruitment consultant, they may just be great friends anyway and you should make every effort to get to know them.
7) Giving in to Your Fear
Putting yourself out and trying to make friends can be an extremely daunting process, especially if you are shy or lack confidence. Quite often making new friends and networking can involve talking to strangers and the prospect of this can be so terrifying that some expats fail to make an effort at all, hoping that one day the right friend will just come knocking on their door. Try and set yourself small targets and each day take yourself a little further out of your comfort zone. You really will get out of it what you put into it.
What networking mistakes did you make when you first moved overseas?
source ExpatInfoDesk International
During the smart city expo, a smart household clothes hanger presented in Hall 1 of Ningbo International Exhibition Center has attracted a lot of citizens. In this expo, smart products which are close to daily life like smart glasses, smart sports bracelets and smart food printer are very popular among citizens.
The fifth China Smart City Expo of Technological and Applicational Products which lasts for three days comes to an end on the afternoon of September 13. The expo has attracted visitors of more than 66 thousand people. 28 smart product projects like ‘State Internet + Smart Manufacture and Renovation Service Platform’ of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology CSIP, ‘Internet + City’ of Tencent, and ‘Smart Wearable Device Industrial Base’ of Neosoft have signed contracts with investors with a total investment of over 7 billion Yuan, involving fields like smart production, wearable device, cloud calculating, big data and public renovation.
On this expo, there are nearly 300 companies from home and abroad, including 10 World Top 500 companies like IBM, Alibaba, Tencent and Netease, more than 50 listed companies and nearly 40 Top 100 software companies. ‘1+10’ theme forum is held centering on topics like ‘Internet + Industry Renovation and Development’.
The participation of the Makers has made the entrepreneurial atmosphere of the expo even stronger. 17 teams out from more than 200 Makers’ teams nationwide are in the national Final of China (Ningbo) Makers Entrepreneur Competition, and are given instruction in industry information, entrepreneur training and capital raising by mentor groups consist of industry experts, successful Makers and company leaders.
Meanwhile, the expo has obviously contributed to the popularization of Science. In the International Exhibition Center, all kinds of high-tech and close-to life applications and interesting interactive activities have attracted more than 27 thousand visitors, making the center a super hot place.
With the issuing of the "13th Five-year Plan for low carbon development in Zhejiang Province", the province released the shortlist of the first batch of provincial low-carbon pilots, and Beilun District becomes the only pilot in Ningbo.
Recently, the Beilun Power Plant has been implementing the in-depth emission-reducing transformation on the thermal power units with the power of 600,000 kilowatt and above. After the reform, the nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and smoke & dust per standard cubic meter of exhaust will be less than 50 milligram, 35 milligram and 5 milligram respectively, and the concentration of the gas exhaust will be less than that of the gas turbine fueled by natural gas. "With the low-carbon economy and the recycling economy, we have promoted the cleaning production, accelerated the elimination of backward production capacity, reduced the pollutant emission and built an ecological industrial chain. We have made preliminary progress in such aspects as industrial structure adjustment, energy saving and emission reduction, carbon footprint record, and ecological construction." said a person in charge from Beilun District Development and Reform Commission. The selection of the district as a pilot is closely related with the low-carbon development it has insisted on over the past few years.
According to the pilot construction plan, Beilun District will make efforts to build the green low-carbon industrial structure, optimize the integrated low-carbon space layout, establish the cleaning energy structure system, strengthen the low-carbon infrastructure construction, advocate the low-carbon and green lifestyle, and implement the efficient low-carbon supporting system in the following three years (2016-2018).
The district will actively develop the emerging industries and enhance the proportion of the emerging low-carbon industries, with the focus on such emerging industries as new energy, new materials, high-end equipment, and electronic information. It will speed up the modern services industries and construct the low-carbon industrial chain by developing such modern services industries as modern logistics, modern finance, R&D and design, and business services, with the aim of improving the energy consumption structure and promote the low-carbon development of the industries in the district.
Made in Cixi, Proud in China, First notch in this world. China has been listed in the first notch in the state-of –art fields including high speed railway, textile machinery civilian nuclear energy in terms of its technologies ,research capabilities and production capabilities .Ningbo Tiansheng Sealing Co. Ltd. ,HuiLi Mache nary Co. ltd, Cixing Stock Corp. ltd . have topped the world in these three industries along with sub-divided fields. HuiLi has been in the top three of its field with its bogy manufacture, which is the core part of the four brands in the field of global railway transportation. Cixing Corp has occupied 30 percent of global market share in the field of computerized flat knitting machine , which is hard for the other two leading brands to surpass.
Industrial advantage is the result of the breakthrough and the command of kernel technologies. The use of self-developed and invented O ring and C ring by Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant after 8 years of effort s , the conquest of countless technical, financial and experimental difficulties along with others beyond imagination ,the
persuasive complicated experiments along with test runs of nuclear reactor and the acceptance of numerous relevant ministries after many times of performance checking indicates that we have started to cross the threshold of nuclear sealing technology ,which has long been monopolized by exclusive companies. The ever-more frequent extreme disaster climate has pushed the rise of Chinese high speed rail thresholds due to the influence to the performance of high speed railway machine frame posed by low temperature. Tests on the safety degree of mechanical properties are to be run under -20 degrees C , -40 degrees C ,-50 degrees C and -60 degrees C according to new standards. HuiLi crossed the threshold regardless of all difficulties. It is only 10 years during which Cixi transformed from a nameless company to a first-class Chinese brand then a top-three global brand. Cixi has always stuck to the belief of owning core technologies and always had the strategic goal of owning intellectual property rights and commanding core technologies for its development. Cixi has set its eyes on the first of the world since its acquisition of Steiger ,which ranked the third in computerized flat knitting machine manufacture globally in the year 2010 ,its acquisition of LOGICA and its listing in Shenzhen Stock Exchange on March 29th ,2012.
Complete the technology- convergence in the world’s hand , Compete in the Chinese market in the end.
Chinese high speed rail has become a unique transportation phenomenon and an equipment-production one in the world. HuiLi has started its cooperation with Bombardier since 2005 ,which led it to small scale production in 2009. In the year 2015, Ars became one of Huili’s partners followed the pace of Siemens in the year of 2011.The advantages in performance-price ratio and development & research period have been achieved through technical innovations and managerial ones. China has become the largest sweater-producing country in the world and the biggest battlefield for world-class brands . Great contributions have been made by Cixi Tech. in terms of the breakage of international brand monopolization and the reform of folk textile industry
On the morning of June 14, the talent-project docking fair for the "Ningbo Summit of 1000 Returned Talents" was held by the picturesque Siming Lake, attracting over 400 attendees, including representatives from prominent domestic investment agencies, high-end talents and talent teams in the robot and intelligence economy field from home and abroad, members of the overseas high-end talent fraternity of Ningbo, and representatives from related local enterprises.
In recent years, Ningbo Municipal Party Committee and Ningbo Municipal Government have acceleratted its pace in building the "deep-blue intelligent valley" and an ideal ecology for talents by focusing on the talent work in technological innovation and transformation. So far, 97 high-end talent teams and 333 returned talents have been listed in the "3315 Plan", including 75 selected in the national "1000 Talents Plan" and 198 in the provincial "1000 Talents Plan". With an annual increase of over 1600 talents, there are now over 8000 high-end returned talents in Ningbo.
To fuel the intelligence economy in Ningbo, the summit invited the global talents to come and settle down in Ningbo for entrepreneurship and innovation. At the docking fair, the joint research institute for Ningbo Western Returned Scholars Association, serve base for returned talents, and the "1000 Talents Plan" was inaugurated, serving as another important platform for Ningbo's globe-oriented talent introduction.
Meanwhile, the on-site negotiation, roadshow and docking were carried out for over 50 talent projects featuring robot elements and technological intelligence, including the smart health examination system, the big-data home service products, and the new products for multi-dimensional warning and production efficiency improvement.
Chen Yijun speaks on APEC High-Level Urbanization Forum
Chen Yijun spoke at The APEC High-Level Urbanization Forum, centering around Innovative Development of Small-and-Medium-Sized Cities which was unveiled in Ningbo on the afternoon of June 2nd
Modern success a continuation of glorious past Ningbo, as a coastal city in East China’s Zhejiang province, was named one of the best investment destinations in China in 2013. Open and friendly city welcomes visitors The first APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting in 2014 was held in Ningbo on Feb 27 and 28. It was the […]