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New Photos are available on My Website Photo Gallery!

Posted on February 3, 2013 by Leave a comment

New Photos have been uploaded at the following link: Photo GalleryDSC01680

The new photos have been added to the categories “International Conference Highlights” and “Work, Travel, and Fun”.

Remember that my new book ‘Say Anything to Anyone Anywhere!will be published on March 19th, but you can still get a pre-publish discount until the publish date on every major bookseller website including AMAZON.COM

Coming soon this month on my blog

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

Coming soon this month on the Circles Of Excellence blog

My new article: Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for the NORWAY!

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

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

Posted on June 12, 2012 by Leave a comment

In Egyptian business culture, punctuality is not as much of a priority. Although visitors to the country should make an effort to arrive on time, your contact may be late for an appointment.

Cultural Clues

Cultural Clues

Appointments with traditional Arab businesspeople are rarely private occasions. Interruptions in the form of phone calls and visits from your counterpart’s friends and family are to be expected. Moreover, you may find other businesspeople present and several meetings occurring simultaneously. Westerners frequently find these distractions frustrating, but it’s important to remain calm and understanding.

Friday is the Muslim holy day, and many people also take Thursday off. The typical business week is Wednesday through Saturday. Business hours vary widely. A typical business schedule is 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the summer, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and continuing 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the winter.

The Islamic calendar uses lunar months of 28 days, so an Islamic year of 12 months is only 354 days long. Consequently, holidays will be on different dates by the Western calendar every year. Any listed Muslim holiday dates are approximations since they depend upon actual lunar observations.

Paperwork should include two dates: the Gregorian (Western) date and the Hijrah (Arabic) date. Be aware that Coptics, that is, Christian Egyptians, have yet another calendar, different from both of the above.

Egyptians tend to speak at a much closer distance than do many countries. Even if you are unaccustomed to this level of contact, do not back up or shy away. If you keep your distance, the perception might be that you find your counterpart’s physical presence distasteful or that you are a very cold, unfeeling person. Moreover, conversations usually involve touching.

Women constitute considerably less of the Egyptian workforce. Most are employed in the professional and service sectors. While there are numerous female secretaries and physicians, few female executives are to be found. If you encounter a woman decision-maker in business, she will probably be very Western-oriented in her behavior.

Arabic men often walk hand in hand, but Westernized Egyptians rarely do this. If an Egyptian holds your hand, accept this gesture of friendship.

The left hand is considered unclean in the Arab world. Unless you are handling something considered unclean, always use the right hand. Also avoid gesturing with the left hand.

When you remove your shoes, as when entering a mosque, the soles of the shoes are placed together, preventing the sole from being pointed at anyone.

When sitting, keep both feet on the ground, since Arabs do not cross their legs when sitting. Exposing the bottom of your foot is considered offensive.

The “thumbs up” sign is thought to be offensive throughout the Arab world.

The Egyptians will accept information that does not contradict Islamic values. Nevertheless, compared to other Arabic cultures, they are more open to Western ideas. It should also be noted that many Egyptians are not practicing Muslims.

Be aware that Arabic is a language of hyperbole. For example, when an Egyptian says “yes”, he may actually mean “possibly.” Although you should feel encouraged by these positive responses, it would be wrong to assume that agreement has been reached.

In accordance with tradition, an Egyptian will welcome you several times at your first meeting.

Egyptian names are written in Arabic. Because short vowels are not written in Arabic, translating from Arabic to other alphabets is not an “exact science.” Egyptian names may be spelled several different ways in English.

Business will not proceed until your counterpart knows and decides that he likes you. Consequently, the social side of the deal is just as important as the work-related one.

5 Key Topics to Use in Conversation

  • Egyptians may joke around and make fun of themselves. For example, Egyptian bureaucracy is a favorite target. Nevertheless, no matter how self-deprecating their humor gets, you should not try to make fun of Egypt or the Egyptians.
  • Egyptian achievements, both the ancient wonders and modern advances
  • The positive reputation of Egyptian leaders around the world
  • Egyptian cotton, gold and other elements of their economy
  • Sports, especially soccer (football), basketball, boxing (in which Egypt has won several medals),
    horse racing, tennis, and all water-related sports (especially sailing and swimming)

5 Key Topics & Gestures to Avoid in Conversation

  • Women in general, especially inquiring about female members of your counterpart’s family
  • Israeli or Palestinian affairs
  • Avoid initiating discussions about your private life or religion.
  • Comparison of Egypt in relationship to more westernized countries.
  • Never talk about anyone in terms of inequality.

Bon Voyage!

Join us in the future for ENGLAND!

Author: Gayle Cotton, International Keynote Speaker & Cultural Expert

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Contact EMMY AWARD WINNER, Gayle Cotton for your next meeting or conference to help your business become more successful in today’s Global Business Marketplace. Gayle is President of Circles Of Excellence for Corporate Training & Executive Coaching. She is the author of the ‘5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Business Communications’, available in book or DVD. She travels worldwide as a distinguished Professional Keynote Speaker. Gayle’s vast experience living and working abroad will entertain and inspire any audience with her fresh, unique and humorous approach to Cross-Cultural Communications! Having worked with companies of all sizes and industries, including 50 Fortune 500 companies, Gayle has successfully helped them grow their businesses internationally. Success in the global business arena can only be accomplished with awareness of the various distinctions in communication styles, business strategies and approaches to cultural etiquette in different countries.

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Events for Gayle Cotton: February 2012

Posted on February 7, 2012 by Leave a comment

The Main Event!

PrPr.net

Circles Of Excellence has hired PrPr.net to take over the promotion of my Author and Keynote Speaking career. Watch for new promotion in a variety of different ways. Check out the Upcoming Events on my blog to seen what new books I will be authoring!

New Websites for Circles Of Excellence

Executive Coaches Texas & Presentation Skills Coaching

Circles Of Excellence just launched 2 new websites to keep up with the demands for ‘Executive Coaching Texas’ and ‘Presentation Skill Coaching’. Check them out at the following links:

 

www.executivecoachingtexas.com

www.presentationskillscoaches.com

 

Young Presidents’ Organization

 

I’m doing a series of articles on ‘Successful Cross-Cultural Business Communications’ for Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO)

Holmes Hospitality – Dubai, UAE

I’m preparing for Negotiation Skills Presentations at a conference for the Nigerian Defense Department. It will be held in Dubai, UAE – one of my favorite places.

The National Speakers’ Association (NSA) Winter Conference

This is around the corner from me in Plano, TX this year. Cheers to all Professional Keynote Speakers! Let’s make 2012 a great year!

 

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Book Publishing for John Wiley & Sons

Posted on February 1, 2012 by Leave a comment

I’ve been contacted by an editor at John Wiley & Sons to author a book on Business Communications. We will start with the book, ‘5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Business Communications’. Hopefully, this will be followed by other titles such as:

 

‘5 Keys to Global Business Etiquette’

‘5 Keys to Successful Leadership’

‘5 Keys to Time Management’

 

There are lots of additional ideas in the ‘5 Keys’ series. I’ll keep you posted about publish dates!

Coming soon this month on my Blog!

Watch for the new Article: Cultural Clues, Do’s & Taboos for CHINA

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Coming soon this month on the Circles Of Excellence Blog!

Watch for the new Article: Cultural Clues, Do’s & Taboos for ITALY

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Events for Gayle Cotton: January 2012

Posted on January 21, 2012 by Leave a comment

The Main Event! Our Annual Girl’s Ski Trip!

I’m off to Colorado with the Evergreen Ski Club for a little swish on the slopes at Breckenridge, Vail,
Keystone, Beaver Creek and Copper. This is my favorite trip of the year!

Entreprenuers’ Organization
I’m doing a series of articles on ‘Successful Cross-Cultural Business Communications’ for Entrepreneurs’
Organization (EO)

Holmes Hospitality – Dubai UAE

I’m getting ready for some Negotiation Skill Presentations at a conference for the Nigerian Defense
Department to be held in Dubai, UAE – one of my favorite places!

The National Speakers’ Association (NSA) Winter Conference

This is around the corner from me in Plano, TX this year. Cheers to all Professional Keynote
Speakers! Let’s make 2012 a great year!

Contact Me for More Information at www.gaylecotton.com

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CIRCLES OF EXCELLENCE INC. receives the 2011 US Commerce Association (USCA) ‘Best of Local Business Award’ Training & Development Consultant for Dallas, TX

Posted on November 12, 2011 by Leave a comment

As President of Circles Of Excellence Inc., I am proud to share that we have been selected for the 2011 US Commerce Association (USCA) ‘Best of Local Business Award’ as a Training & Development Company in Dallas, TX.

I want to thank all the people and companies that have supported Circles Of Excellence and contributed to their success in the local community. This award is shared with all of you!

Coming soon this month on my Blog!

Watch for the new Article: Cultural Clues, Do’s & Taboos for CANADA

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Coming soon this month on the Circles Of Excellence Blog!

Watch for the new Article: Cultural Clues, Do’s & Taboos for IRELAND

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Events for Gayle Cotton: October 1, 2011 to Oct. 30, 2011

Posted on October 16, 2011 by Leave a comment

A Keynote Presentation for the annual conference of Cintra CEOs organized by ‘Celebrity Headliners’.

 

Cintra is an Italian company which means a lively crowd and great food! My Keynote Presentation is entitled, ‘Is What You Say What You Mean? Improving Your Interpersonal Communications’.

The conference will be held at the new ‘W’ Hotel in Dallas’s Victory Park.

Back to Geneva the last week in October for the 2011 ITU Telecom convention. Many of the Circles Of Excellence customers will be there including Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, QualCom, Verizon, AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent. I will be doing customized Communication & Presentation Skills Coaching for attendees during the conference.

AMS Media

I am editing the DVD series, ‘Is What You Say What You Mean? Improving Your Interpersonal Communications’. It was filmed live for the Fujitsu International Sales Team. Watch for the edited video on my website, the Circles of Excellence website, as well as both YouTube channels soon!

 

Ecom Trading

 

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

 

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

 

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Speaking Engagements and Conferences in Washington DC!

Posted on September 6, 2011 by Leave a comment

Speaking engagements and Conferences in Washington DC!

I will be in Washington DC for business and speaking engagements in September. I hope to spend some at the new Martin Luther King (MLK) Memorial

Coming soon this month on my Blog!

My new Article: Cultural Clues, Do’s & Taboos for BELGIUM

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Coming soon on the Circles Of Excellence Blog!

Watch for the new Article: Cultural Clues, Do’s & Taboos for INDONESIA

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Events for Gayle Cotton: September 1, 2011 to September 30, 2011

Posted on September 6, 2011 by Leave a comment

Washington DC

Off to Washington DC for Speaking Engagements. Hopefully, I will have time to see the new Martin Luther King Memorial!

Germantown, MD

Some upcoming Cross-Cultural Presentations on “Working with Germany’ for Qiagen in Germantown, MD

Making some Multi-Cultural Customer Service Presentations for Envirotainer in Frankfurt, Germany

I’m writing an article on ‘Successful Cross-Cultural Business Communications’ to be followed by a Video Conference on EO TV for Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).

AMS Media

Editing the DVD series for, ‘5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Business Communications’. The DVD focuses on doing global business in Europe, Asia / Pacific, Latin America and The Middle East. It will be available for online purchase soon!

Ecom Trading

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

 

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

 

We will be launching the new CIRCLES OF EXCELLENCE INC website soon!

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