Friday, June 03, 2005

Becoming a more global player

Do you have customers, suppliers, or competitors in other parts of the world? Might you in the future?

Do you read news about politics, social issues, culture, and business in your country? No doubt you get some of your information summarized and condensed by others, but I imagine you also do some reading yourself because you want to stay current, because you enjoy it, and because you want to see if the summaries you get match what you personally observe.

Do you do the same thing to find out about other parts of the world where you are involved in business? With the Internet and tools such as Google News (scroll to the bottom of the page to see the available international versions), it's not difficult to glance through newspapers and magazines from other countries. With Google Language Tools and other translation aids, you can get a partial translation of many sites written in languages you don't know.

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