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David Sills  

Professor of Christian Missions and Cultural Anthropology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and President of Reaching & Teaching International Ministries

Dr. David Sills is an internationally known keynote speaker, whose expertise in the area of intercultural interaction, training those in other cultures, experiences of travels and living overseas, and the process of adjusting to life in other cultures from over two decades of serving as missionary, seminary professor, minister, and missions administrator has taken him around the world and resulted in nine books in these fields of study. Appreciated for his knowledge of other cultures and assisting others in the do’s and taboos for Westerners working with others, he is also a sought-after speaker for his wit and the humor he weaves throughout his cultural insights.

David received his B.A. from Belhaven College, an M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a D. Miss. and Ph.D. from Reformed Theological Seminary.

In addition to many years of travel and work around the globe, David and his wife lived, traveled, worked, and raised their two children in Costa Rica and Ecuador. They have been married over forty years and have eight grandchildren.

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1. International travel – Experiences, Tips, Do’s and taboos

2. Training in other cultures – Non-literate cultures, Pedagogy vs Andragogy

3. Intercultural applications for business - Face negotiation, Intercultural interaction of three basic culture types: Fear-Power, Shame-Honor, Guilt-Innocence

4. Primary Oral Learners - History of Literacy

5. Globalization & Urbanization

6. Patron-Client Complex

7. Essential Awareness of Majors Culture Type Differences

8. Culture Shock - Cycle(s), Role deprivation, Spouse/team variations, Reverse, culture shock, adapting to a new culture

9. Current and Coming Global Trends of Change

Urbanization Globalization Travel Communication Natural Resources Primary Oral Learners Helping without Hurting International Business Platforms Changing Governments The Global South and the Role of Westerners

10. Intercultural Communication - Verbal communication & Non-verbal

11. Latin American Culture 101 for Gringos

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