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The Latest! Cultural Clues… Do’s & Taboos A series of cultural tips for countries from A to Z Communication Guidelines for Argentina

Posted on May 15, 2011 by Leave a comment

The Latest! Cultural Clues… Do’s & Taboos A series of cultural tips for countries from A to Z Communication Guidelines for Argentina

Cultural Clues

Cultural Clues

Expect Argentines to speak Castilian Spanish with an Italian accent rather than the Mexican dialect of Spanish.

It may be a good strategy to make an appointment in Argentina with an “enchufado”, an individual who has high-level contacts in your field. This person can make the necessary introductions on your behalf.

If you want to deal with this country’s government, it is often helpful to have an Argentine contact act as an intermediary before you attempt to make an appointment.

Argentines like to engage in “small talk.” Generally, they are very sociable and take a genuine interest in Argentine cultural affairs.

Try not to take offense if people make jokes at your expense, even if remarks are directed at your weight or other aspects of your appearance. This kind of comment is actually a sign that your Argentine companions are comfortable around you.

Women, in particular, may be asked personal questions, for example, their marital status and weight. Try to give a discreet reply. If you absolutely don’t want to answer, remain polite and gracefully side step the question.

Many Argentines actually like getting into discussions about politics and religion, however as a visitor, it will be in your best interests not to get involved.

Hierarchy is important in Argentine business culture. Senior executives and others of status always are given great respect. Moreover, top executives will play key roles in the final decision. Needless to say, your professional status and ranking will be important to your Argentine counterparts.

As friendships develop, enthusiastic kissing, hugging and back patting often follow handshakes. Follow the lead of your Argentine counterparts, as they may take offense if you try to recoil from these gestures.

Avoid discussing the war in the Falkland Islands, since this is an episode that the Argentines would prefer to leave behind. If the subject does come up, the islands should be referred to by their Argentine name, the Malvinas Islands.

Welcome Topics of Conversation

  • Any topic having to do with Argentine art, theater, movies and opera
  • Sports, such as futbol (soccer), U.S. style football is called “futbol americano”
  • Your international travels and the area of Argentina you’re visiting
  • Restaurants, food and wine in Argentina
  • The beauty of local parks and gardens
  • Compliments are welcome!

Conversation to Avoid

  • Criticizing or joking about Argentine culture and traditions
  • Personal questions and inquiries about family until you have become better acquainted with them
  • Praising Argentina’s neighbors, particularly Chile. Argentina has fought wars with all of neighboring countries
  • Negative comments about Argentina’s government, cities, or Argentina’s sports teams
  • Religion in Argentina
  • Political opinions in Argentina

  

Bon Voyage!

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Knowing the communication styles, business strategies and approaches to multi-cultural etiquette can be the difference between success and failure when working or negotiating internationally. Learn to manage ‘culture shock’ and improve your Multi-Cultural Communication. Gayle can assist with all aspects of international sales and negotiations or business management abroad.

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Come and hear me speak! I will be the Guest Speaker at the Dallas HR Monthly Meeting, May 10, 2011, 11:00 am – 1:15 pm

Posted on May 4, 2011 by Leave a comment

Dallas HR Monthly Meeting, May 10, 2011, 11:00 am - 1:15 pm

Come and hear me speak!

I will be the Guest Speaker at the Dallas HR Monthly Meeting, May 10, 2011, 11:00 am – 1:15 pm

 

 

It’s the 11th Annual ‘Bring Your Boss Day’, so there will be Managers, VPs, SVPs and CEOs along with the HR professionals from the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.

To attend please register at Dallas HR: http://dallashr.org/pages/monthly_meeting.htm

My Topic: Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Business Communication

The strength of any multi-cultural business relationship depends entirely on the ability to effectively communicate and to establish rapport and trust.  This lively and humorous topic is based on elements from my book and multi-media training, “The 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Business Communications.”  Which came first…the chicken or the egg?  Explore why ‘Cultural Science’ impacts our mother tongue language, our verbal communication, our tonality, body language, and ultimately our global business expectations.  Are you ‘in time’, ‘on time’ or ‘out of time’?  Be aware of cultural time differences and expectations for ‘on time’ and ‘flexible time’ cultures.  Learn to proactively avoid miscommunication interpersonally, on the phone and by email. Attendees will experience a lively, interactive presentation with lots of humor and take-home value!

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Watch for my new Article: Cultural Clues, Do’s & Taboos for ARGENTINA

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Cross-Cultural Communication, Management and Executive Coaching Events for Towers Watson in Dallas, TX

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Cross-Cultural Communication, Management and Executive Coaching Events for Towers Watson in Dallas, TX

 

International Sales & Negotiations for Global Audiences

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I am a Keynote Speaker for a conference on ‘International Sales & Negotiations for Global Audiences’ in Newark, NJ. I have also done this topic for their conferences in Geneva, Switzerland and Paris, France.

 

Guest Speaker at the Dallas HR Monthly Meeting

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Dallas HR

Come and hear me speak!

I will be the Guest Speaker at the Dallas HR Monthly Meeting, May 10, 2011, 11:00 am – 1:15 pm

 

It’s the 11th Annual ‘Bring Your Boss Day’, so there will be Managers, VPs, SVPs and CEOs along with the HR professionals from the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.

To attend please register at Dallas HR: http://dallashr.org/pages/monthly_meeting.htm

My Topic: Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Business Communication

 

The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, PA

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The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, PA

I am attending The World Conference for: The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, PA

 

Customer Service, Communication, Teambuilding and Executive Coaching Events for Ecom Trading in Dallas, TX

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Ecom Trading

Ecom Trading

Customer Service, Communication, Teambuilding and Executive Coaching Events for Ecom Trading in Dallas, TX