Task: how can one become internationally aware?
Term cross-cultural awareness implies your understanding of a situations you might face being abroad, or at least your awareness that such circumstances are quite feasible. But how can one become aware of all possible and impossible threats he might accidentally put himself in?
Should you know only the bottom of an abyss between your nations and avoid using concessions or just being polite, you're jeopardizing yourself to get branded as shallow and superficial person whom nobody would trust a business deal.
Yet being extra agreeable makes you look like an newbie in negotiations or business, thus tantamount to a loose. So you need to be persistent and have guts to take precedence over the situation if needed.