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Cultural Clues, Do’s & Taboos: Communication Guidelines for GREECE

Posted on January 16, 2013 by 2 Comments

The Latest! Cultural Clues, Do’s & Taboos – A Series of Cultural Tips for Countries from A to Z: GREECEGreece

The Greeks are known for their hospitality and generosity towards guests.

They are not known for their timeliness. Visitors to Greece should be prepared for meetings to start late and run late, however as a foreigner you will be expected to be on time for appointments.

The subway system, put in for the 2004 Summer Olympics, can be much faster for getting from one side of the city to another than taking a taxi.

The Greeks celebrate two national days among other holidays that are religious in nature. Independence Day is celebrated on March 25 and “Oxi” (which means No) Day is celebrated on October 28.

During business meetings you will be offered a Greek coffee, often accompanied by a small sweet of some kind. A typically Greek coffee resembles an espresso and can be quite strong.

Greeks are avid conversationalists and typically very knowledgeable about world events. The Greek style of conversation can be louder and more emotional than what
some people may be used to.

It has been said that Greeks live their lives with an exclamation point. Whatever the emotion that they are feeling, they live it to the fullest!

Greeks may engage you in a conversation about politics however let them bring up the topic. They are well educated and will have a wide of range knowledge about the political issues.

They use expansive arm and hand gestures when speaking. Physical contact is common, even amongst two friends who may be of the same gender.

Hugging, kissing on the cheek and walking arm in arm are all common. They will maintain strong eye contact when speaking.

While the Greeks may criticize aspects of their society or daily life (politics, traffic etc.) they do not appreciate the same criticisms being offered by outsiders.

First names are commonly used however, for higher business levels they may add a title such as Mr. or Mrs. before a first name as a sign of respect.

Greeks are great negotiators and their conversation style is skillful when negotiating. For foreigners coming from a more direct conversational style, the meandering style of the Greeks may be confusing at first.

It is recommended that a local partner or lawyer be found to assist in any negotiations. This is important not only for the legal issues, but also as the Greeks place great value in knowing who they are working with.

Presentations should be formal in nature and should focus on the senior executives who make most of the decisions.

The Greeks often use the phrase “slowly, slowly” when talking about making progress. Be prepared for changes and delays.

The OK sign is considered obscene in Greece and should be avoided. The open hand facing outward (the hand signal that is often used for “stop” in the US) is also considered offensive.

5 Key Topics or Gestures to Use in Conversation

  • Passing along a compliment, or showing interest in learning more about the impact of Greece in the world.
  • Greece has so much history that anything historical is a welcome topic.
  • Discussion about the great people and philosophers from Greece.
  • The distinct Greek Cuisine and drink is always a good topic.
  • Architecture, the progressive Greek cities, scenery, nature and the diversity of the country terrain.

5 Key Topics or Gestures to Avoid in Conversation 

  • Politics can be a touchy subject for foreigners so unless they initiate the discussion, it is best to avoid this topic when you are first developing a relationship.
  • Cyprus is also a touchy subject, as is the topic of Turkey, so both should be avoided if possible.
  • Greeks are sensitive to people from larger countries that feel that they are more important based upon where they are from.
  • Anything negative about their food or coffee.
  • Greece is a very proud culture, so avoid criticism of anything pertaining to Greece or the Greek people.

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Author: Gayle Cotton, International Keynote Speaker & Cultural Expert

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Listen to My Interview as a Featured Guest on “Money for Lunch” Blog Radio

Posted on January 16, 2013 by Leave a comment

Listen to My Interview as a Featured Guest on “Money for Lunch” Blog Radio Radio-Money for Lunch-COE

Direct Show Link: Gayle Cotton on “Money for Lunch” Blog Radio (20 minutes) There are other speakers on the show so start about 1/3 the way through for my interview.

Show Link by Date: => simply =>Click <= and scroll down to locate the date January 10, 2013. (20 minutes) There are other speakers on the show so start about 1/3 the way through for my interview.

Show Highlights:

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 Gayle Cotton’s book SAY Anything to Anyone Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Business Communications”. Which came first…the chicken or the egg? Explore how ‘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. This is essential for any sales professional.

 

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Coming soon this month on my blog

My new article: Cultural Clues, Do’s & Taboos for GREECE!

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My new article: Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos forthe NETHERLANDS!

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Happy New Year! In Languages of Countries from A to I

Posted on January 14, 2013 by Leave a comment

happynewyearHappy New Year to my Circles Of Excellence friends, my Speaker Bureau friends and my personal friends!  May the New Year be Happy & Prosperous for everyone. I look forward to staying in touch with everyone in 2013!

For the New Year Greeting of countries from J to Z, please visit the Circles Of Excellence Blog! www.circlesofexcellence.com/blog

 

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Coming soon this month on my Blog

My new article: Cultural Clues, Do’s & Taboos for GREECE!

Coming soon this month on the Circles Of Excellence Blog

My new article: Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos forthe NETHERLANDS!

Check out my Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos Articles Archive for countries you may have missed!

(Reprinted courtesy of ‘Yahoo Answers’)

Afgani Saale Nao Mubbarak
Afrikaans Gelukkige nuwe jaar
Albanian Gezuar Vitin e Ri
Armenian Snorhavor Nor Tari
Arabic Kul ‘am wa antum bikhair
Assyrian Sheta Brikhta
Azeri Yeni Iliniz Mubarek!
Balochi Noki saal mubarrak bibi
Bengali Shuvo Nabo Barsho
Breton [Celtic Brythonic language] Bloavezh Mat
Bulgarian ×åñòèòà Íîâà Ãîäèíà(pronounced “Chestita Nova Godina”)
Cambodian Soursdey Chhnam Tmei
Catalan FELIÇ ANY NOU
Chakma Nuo bazzor bekkunore
Chinese Xin Nian Kuai Le
Corsican Language Pace e Salute
Croatian Sretna Nova godina!
Cymraeg (Welsh) Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Czech Šťastný Nový rok (or Stastny Novy rok)
Denish Godt Nytår
Dhivehi Ufaaveri Aa Aharakah Edhen
Dutch GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR!
Eskimo Kiortame pivdluaritlo
Esperanto Felican Novan Jaron
Estonians Head uut aastat!
Ethiopian: MELKAM ADDIS AMET YIHUNELIWO!
Ethiopian/Eritrean Tigrigna RUHUS HADUSH AMET
Finnish Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
French Bonne Annee
Gaelic Bliadhna mhath ur
Galician [NorthWestern Spain] Bo Nadal e Feliz Aninovo
German Prosit Neujahr
Georgian GILOTSAVT AKHAL TSELS!
Greek Kenourios Chronos
Gujarati Nutan Varshbhinandan
Hawaiian Hauoli Makahiki Hou
Hebrew L’Shannah Tovah
Hindi Naye Varsha Ki Shubhkamanyen
Hong kong (Cantonese) Sun Leen Fai Lok
Hungarian Boldog Új Évet Kivánok
Indonesian Selamat Tahun Baru
Iranian Sal -e- no mobarak
Iraqi Sanah Jadidah
Irish Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit
Italian Felice anno nuovo

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My Interview on About.com with Tips on Doing Business in Hong Kong is posted!

Posted on January 5, 2013 by Leave a comment

ABOUT.COM: ‘Cultural Tips’ for Doing Business in Hong Kong Honk Kong

My interview on cross-cultural business and travel tips for Hong Kong is featured on About.com at the following links:

Interview Links:

http://businesstravel.about.com/od/resources/fl/Business-Travel-Tips-for-Hong-Kong.htm

For additional information on doing business in Hong Kong or other places around the world, read my bestselling book SAY Anything to Anyone Anywhere!

 

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