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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 Australia

Posted on June 17, 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 Australia

June 15, 2011Australians tend to be enthusiastic conversationalists and debaters. A wide range of topics may be open to discussion.

Australians try not to draw too much attention to their academic qualifications, at least in public. People who make a lot of references to their education and other professional qualifications in conversation may be subject to teasing.

Don’t boast about yourself or your company’s accomplishments. Instead, Australians will judge your competence and abilities through your actions.

Australians find strong discussions and opinionated conversation entertaining, so don’t hesitate to express your views if they are sincere and informed.

Australians may like to poke fun at or criticize themselves, but they are not as receptive to criticism from others.

Australians may be difficult to impress and even if you do manage to impress them, they may not openly admit it.

Cynicism is part of the national character. It may be directed at people who seem too wealthy or powerful. In this culture, there is greater respect for the “underdog.”

The work environment in Australian business culture tends to be collaborative. Before a decision is made, top management will consult subordinates and their input will be given careful consideration. Consequently, decision-making will be slower so don’t rush this process.

Australians generally dislike aggressive sales techniques. Since they value directness, presentations of any kind should be straightforward, with an emphasis on both the positive and negative outcomes.

Point with your entire hand; pointing at someone with your index finger may be considered impolite.

Australian hospitality tends to be somewhat informal, particularly when you are invited to a home. Barbecues, affectionately known as, “barbies”, are a very popular form of entertaining.

Welcome Topics of Conversation

  •  Unlike some countries, Australians are open to discuss religion, politics and even the Australian government.
  • Australian traditions and sports are always great topics.
  • Discuss something about the area of Australia you’re visiting. Australians are very proud of their country. Know the landmarks.
  • Your international travels to other countries is always of interest
  • The beauty of the cities, local sites, gardens, coastlines (the Gold Coast is famous) and the Outback if you get a chance to visit.
  • Australian food; restaurants, beer and wine. Australia has excellent food!
  • Australian culture in general; theater, movies and opera
  • Compliments are welcome!

Conversation to Avoid

  • Criticizing or joking about Australia, its culture and traditions, or other Australians, even if your Australian companions are doing so.
  • Ethnic relations as it relates to the history of the Aborigines
  • Talking too much about your education, professional experience, business success, and related achievements may be considered a boosting.
  • Australians are often distrustful of authority and of people who think that they are somehow “better” than others. Remain modest in conversation.
  • If you are invited out for a drink, don’t bring up the subject of business unless your host does so.

Bon Voyage!

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Author: Gayle Cotton, International Keynote Speaker & Cultural Expert

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Time In ‘The City’…The Big Apple!

Posted on June 5, 2011 by Leave a comment

Time In ‘The City’…The Big Apple!

June 1, 2011


 

I was recently in New York City for a combination of business and of course, pleasure. Good weather, fantastic food (check out the French Restaurant, ‘Pigalle’, its excellent!), and I saw Jersey Boys on Broadway. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to see it yet, I highly recommend it for a musically great time!

 

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

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Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

June 1, 2011 to June 4, 2011

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

 

June 5, 2011 to June 11, 2011

Customer Service Presentations for Huawei Technologies in Plano, TX

 

June 12, 2011 to June 18, 2011

Customer Service Presentations for Huawei Technologies in Plano, TX

 

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June 19, 2011 to June 25, 2011

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

 

Ecom Trading

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June 26, 2011 to June 30, 2011

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Ecom Trading June 19th – June 25th

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June 19, 2011 to June 25, 2011

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

 

Ecom Trading

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

 

June 26, 2011 to June 30, 2011

Ecom Trading

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

 

New York New York!

Heading to the city for some fun with good friends!