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New Article! Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for BELGIUM

Posted on October 18, 2018 by Leave a comment

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

Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for Belgium

It’s easy for business travelers to think that even when they travel, business is going to be done pretty much the same way it is at home. But that’s not always the case. Cultural differences can have a big impact on global business etiquette. That’s why it’s important for business travelers to make sure that they understand the culture of the country that they’re doing business in.

This article on cultural differences in Belgium and cultural travel tips for Belgium is a brief snapshot of conversation guidelines for Belgium, tips for communicating in Belgium and business strategies for Belgium to help with understanding the culture in Belgium. It’s important to keep in mind that as we homogenize as a ‘global culture’, cultural tendencies change and evolve as well. Awareness is the first step when it comes to cultural do’s and taboos for Belgium and tips for intercultural communication!

Cultural Tips for Belgium – including some valuable business travel tips for Belgium!

Belgium is the Government seat of the European Union (EU).

It’s best if doing business in Belgium to avoid discussing politics.

Keep in mind that there are three linguistic groups in Belgium: German, French, and Flemish. The Flemish language is a variant of Dutch.

Make an effort not to confuse their three cultural groups and their languages

It’s best not to discuss your preference for one of the three languages spoken in Belgium. English is widely spoken, however if you speak one of the three languages they may invite you to do so.

With French speakers, use courtesy titles such as “Monsieur”, “Madame”, or “Mademoiselle.”

When addressing German or Flemish speakers, use Mr., Mrs., Ms., or Miss. Never use “Madame” or “Monsieur” when addressing a Flemish speaker.

Appointments are punctual and usually, and first appointments are socially oriented.

Most Belgians feel that it’s necessary to get to know you before proceeding with business of any kind, however this usually consist of asking general questions about your business, travels, experience etc.

Talking too much about your education, professional experience, business success, and related achievements may be considered a boasting.

In general, Belgians don’t discuss their personal family lives except with close friends.

Because of their private nature, Belgians also don’t usually discuss money matters outside of business.

Typically, Belgians shake hands with everyone in the room or office upon meeting and departure.

When you are among the French-speaking Belgians, you may observe closer acquaintances greeting each other with alternating kisses on the cheeks.

It’s not uncommon for men who know each other particularly well to embrace.

Avoid excessive gesturing, because most Belgians are more reserved and less expressive with their body language.

Speak in a moderate tone at all times regardless of the topic you are discussing. Expressing too much excitement or animation is usually frowned upon.

The business protocol is more formal and restrained than in some other countries, so follow their example.

When you are conducting a meeting, an agenda should be distributed to everyone in attendance.

Businesspeople in Belgium prefer that a meeting be focused on the topic at hand, and appreciate it being well organized and informative.

Belgians are willing to compromise when necessary, however need full justification and reasons for doing so. They tend to be firm believers in practical, “common sense” approaches and solutions, and are less open to speculative approaches.

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Tips

  • The area of Belgium you are currently visiting, as well as your travels in other parts of Belgium
  • The food and beer you have sampled during your stay in various areas. Show appreciation of their distinctly different restaurants
  • Comment specifically on the food and beer from French Belgium, Flanders or Wallonia when in those areas
  • The beauty of the architecture of Belgium’s cities and local sites, as well as their historical art is always a good topic. Bruges is a well-known mid-evil city build around canals that they would advise you to see if you have the time
  • All sports, especially bicycling and soccer are food topics to discuss

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Taboos

  • Making jokes about the Flemish to the French or French-Speaking Walloons, and vice versa
  • Patting someone on the back is considered unacceptable
  • Yawning in public is considered rude
  • Talking with your hands in your pockets is perceived as a sign of bad manners
  • Use your whole hand when you feel the need to point at something, since using the forefinger is considered rude

Bon Voyage!

Join us in the future for Do’s and Taboos for BRAZIL!

To learn more about the Dos and Taboos for different cultures, and the cultural communication styles for Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East – order Gayle Cotton’s bestselling book SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’ available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book

Watch the ‘Say Anything-5 Keys’ Video

Create Rapport and Organize Strategies for Success

The CROSS of Cross-Cultural

Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is the author of this blog and of the bestselling cross-cultural communication book SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, which is available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book. She is President of Circles Of Excellence Inc. and a Professional Keynote Speaker. Contact Gayle if you need professional speakers for events, speakers on cultural diversity, conference speakers for events, or keynote speakers that specialize in cross-cultural training. She is a leader in the field of public speakers, motivational speakers, and international keynote speakers. She is among the best of female keynote speakers and women motivational speakers and is a ‘first choice’ request for international audiences!

Circles Of Excellence provides Corporate Training, Leadership Coaching, and Professional Keynote Speakers for companies of all sizes and in all industries, including over 50 Fortune 500 companies. Contact us about our customized training programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Teambuilding, and Time Management Training.

Gayle’s Website: www.gaylecotton.com

Gayle’s Blog: www.gaylecotton.com/blog

Gayle’s Bestselling Book: SAY Anything to Anyone Anywhere!

Gayle’s Newsroom: Media Interviews

Gayle’s DVD: Speaker preview for Gayle Cotton

Circles Of Excellence Website: www.circlesofexcellence.com

Circles Of Excellence Blog: www.circlesofexcellence.com/blog

 

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New Article! Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for AUSTRIA

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Leave a comment

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

Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for Austria

It’s easy for business travelers to think that even when they travel, business is going to be done pretty much the same way it is at home. But that’s not always the case. Cultural differences can have a big impact on global business etiquette. That’s why it’s important for business travelers to make sure that they understand the culture of the country that they’re doing business in.

This article on cultural differences in Austria and cultural travel tips for Austria is a brief snapshot of conversation guidelines for Austria, tips for communicating in Austria and business strategies for Austria to help with understanding the culture in Austria. It’s important to keep in mind that as we homogenize as a ‘global culture’, cultural tendencies change and evolve as well. Awareness is the first step when it comes to cultural do’s and taboos for Austria and tips for intercultural communication!

Cultural Tips for Austria – including some valuable business travel tips for Austria!

Austrian business is based on respect, conservatism, courtesy and formality.

It’s best to dress professionally, and always shake hands when arriving and departing.

Displaying knowledge of Austrian history and culture demonstrates an awareness of the uniqueness of Austria.

Austrians may take offense against anyone who fails to recognize the clear distinction between them and the Germans. Austrian traditions are uniquely Austrian, so appreciate the distinctions.

The only thing that is truly German about Austria is the language and, even then, Austrian German is very different from standard or High German (Hochdeutsch) in vocabulary, idioms, and pronunciation.

In business, both German and English are widely spoken.

In business, courtesy titles Herr (‘Mr.’), Frau (‘Mrs.’) or Fräulein (‘Miss’) followed by the surname are still often used until invited to do otherwise.

Educational titles are important and often used in introductions.

Austrians expect you to mean what you say and say what you mean. Do not make idle promises during conversation.

Austrians have a great sense of humor, and they will accept your joking so long as you are somewhat self-deprecating at the same time.

Keep in mind, however, that humor has no place in formal meetings or in the office where senior staff is present.

Austrians plan their schedules well in advance and try to follow what they have pre-arranged on their calendars.

Expect Austrians to be very punctual, so be sure to return the courtesy. All punctual people dislike wasting time, and Austrians are no exception.

The most senior person(s) in a meeting usually takes the chair and controls the agenda.

There is little room for diverging from the agenda, and less tolerance of improvised discussion, so it is vital to be thoroughly well prepared for all meetings.

Austrians usually take a direct approach to negotiations, and relevant information is shared openly.

Negotiations are serious and important, so keep in mind that this is not the proper forum for humor.

Decision-making can be somewhat slow because Austrians tend to be risk-averse and make decisions methodically with tremendous precision.

Responsibility for decision-making lies mainly with those at the top, and all final decisions have been thoroughly considered.

Since decisions typically do come from the top, any action decided is likely to be implemented rather quickly.

Austrians aim for mutual benefit in all their business dealings and expect their respect and trust to be reciprocated. Agreements with Austrians are solid and can be relied on even in their pre-contract stage.

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Tips

  • Austrian culture, theatre and music, especially classical music, are favorite topics. Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Johann Strauss, Bruckner, Schönberg and Berg were all Austrian.
  • Opera is a great love, especially that of Mozart and Richard Strauss, even though Strauss was born in Munich.
  • The beauty of the architecture of Austria’s cities and local sites, as well as their historical art is always a good topic. Vienna is known as ‘the city of music’.
  • Discussing Austrian winter sports is always well received.
  • Austrian food is appreciated with gusto, has a noted distinction from the typical German food. Show appreciation of their distinct restaurants, beer and wines.

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Taboos

  • World War II and Austria’s role in the war can still be a sensitive topic, and anything that leads to a discussion around Anti-Semitism should be avoided.
  • The Austrian religion is predominantly Catholic, so different religious views are not usually discussed.
  • Austrians are a rather private culture, so talking about separation and divorce is usually avoided. Because of their private nature, Austrians also don’t usually discuss money matters outside of business
  • It is an honor to be invited to an Austrian’s home, and it would be inappropriate not to be well dressed and to bring a modest gift. Austrian hospitality is warm with a degree of formality.
  • Talking too much about your education, professional experience, business success, and related achievements may be considered a boasting.

Bon Voyage!

Join us in the future for Do’s and Taboos for BELGIUM!

To learn more about the Dos and Taboos for different cultures, and the cultural communication styles for Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East – order Gayle Cotton’s bestselling book SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’ available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book

Watch the ‘Say Anything-5 Keys’ Video

Create Rapport and Organize Strategies for Success

The CROSS of Cross-Cultural

Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is the author of this blog and of the bestselling cross-cultural communication book SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, which is available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book. She is President of Circles Of Excellence Inc. and a Professional Keynote Speaker. Contact Gayle if you need professional speakers for events, speakers on cultural diversity, conference speakers for events, or keynote speakers that specialize in cross-cultural training. She is a leader in the field of public speakers, motivational speakers, and international keynote speakers. She is among the best of female keynote speakers and women motivational speakers and is a ‘first choice’ request for international audiences!

Circles Of Excellence provides Corporate Training, Leadership Coaching, and Professional Keynote Speakers for companies of all sizes and in all industries, including over 50 Fortune 500 companies. Contact us about our customized training programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Teambuilding, and Time Management Training.

Gayle’s Website: www.gaylecotton.com

Gayle’s Blog: www.gaylecotton.com/blog

Gayle’s Bestselling Book: SAY Anything to Anyone Anywhere!

Gayle’s Newsroom: Media Interviews

Gayle’s DVD: Speaker preview for Gayle Cotton

Circles Of Excellence Website: www.circlesofexcellence.com

Circles Of Excellence Blog: www.circlesofexcellence.com/blog

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New Article! Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for AUSTRALIA

Posted on July 19, 2018 by Leave a comment

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

Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for Australia

It’s easy for business travelers to think that even when they travel, business is going to be done pretty much the same way it is at home. But that’s not always the case. Cultural differences can have a big impact on global business etiquette. That’s why it’s important for business travelers to make sure that they understand the culture of the country that they’re doing business in.

This article on cultural differences in Australia and cultural travel tips for Australia is a brief snapshot of conversation guidelines for Australia, tips for communicating in Australia and business strategies for Australia to help with understanding the culture in Australia. It’s important to keep in mind that as we homogenize as a ‘global culture’, cultural tendencies change and evolve as well. Awareness is the first step when it comes to cultural do’s and taboos for Australia and tips for intercultural communication!

Cultural Tips for Australia – including some valuable business travel tips for Australia!

Australians tend to be enthusiastic conversationalists and debaters. A wide range of topics are usually open to discussion. They also have a great sense of humor, so don’t leave yours at home!

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.

Cynicism is part of the national character. It may be at times directed at people who seem egotistical or too wealthy and powerful.

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

Unlike some countries, Australians do appreciate sincere compliments a long as they are not exaggerated or overly exuberant.

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

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

Australians are known to discuss religion, politics, and even the Australian government or other governments.

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

One of the best ways to develop relationships with Australians is to know the landmarks and something about the area of Australia you’re visiting.

Australians are very proud of their country, so learn something about their history, food, and culture in advance.

The beauty of their cities, local sites, gardens, coastlines (the Gold Coast is famous), and the Outback (if you get a chance to visit) are all good topics for rapport building.

In Australia, there is great respect and empathy for the “underdog”, so the “top dog” approach is never the best way to accomplish anything.

The work environment in Australian business culture tends to be collaborative with considerable research and discussion by everyone involved.

Before a decision is made, top management will consult with their subordinates and their input will be given careful consideration.

Australians generally dislike aggressive sales techniques, so a factual, streamlined approach that allows for plenty of questions and discovery is best.

Since Australians value directness, presentations of any kind should be straightforward with an emphasis on both the positive and negative outcomes. Don’t attempt to coverup or hide anything.

Negotiations should always be well prepared because options will be thoroughly discussed at all levels. It’s important not to rush this process.

Decision-making tends to be slower than in some western countries, so be patient and enjoy the process.

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.

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Tips

  • Australian traditions and sports are always great topics.
  • Your international travels to other countries is always of interest
  • Australian food; restaurants, beer and wine. Australia has excellent food!
  • Australian culture in general; theater, movies and the opera
  • Point with your entire hand; pointing at someone with your index finger may be considered impolite.

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Taboos

  • Avoid criticizing or joking about Australia, its culture and traditions, or other Australians, even if your Australian companions are doing so.
  • Don’t discuss the ethnic relations as it relates to the history of the Aborigines
  • Avoid talking too much about your education, professional experience, business success, and related achievements as it 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 first.

Bon Voyage!

Join us in the future for Do’s and Taboos for AUSTRIA!

To learn more about the Dos and Taboos for different cultures, and the cultural communication styles for Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East – order Gayle Cotton’s bestselling book SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’ available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book

Watch the ‘Say Anything-5 Keys’ Video

Create Rapport and Organize Strategies for Success

The CROSS of Cross-Cultural

Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is the author of this blog and of the bestselling cross-cultural communication book SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, which is available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book. She is President of Circles Of Excellence Inc. and a Professional Keynote Speaker. Contact Gayle if you need professional speakers for events, speakers on cultural diversity, conference speakers for events, or keynote speakers that specialize in cross-cultural training. She is a leader in the field of public speakers, motivational speakers, and international keynote speakers. She is among the best of female keynote speakers and women motivational speakers, and is a ‘first choice’ request for international audiences!

Circles Of Excellence provides Corporate Training, Leadership Coaching, and Professional Keynote Speakers for companies of all sizes and in all industries, including over 50 Fortune 500 companies. Contact us about our customized training programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Teambuilding, and Time Management Training.

Gayle’s Website: www.gaylecotton.com

Gayle’s Blog: www.gaylecotton.com/blog

Gayle’s Bestselling Book: SAY Anything to Anyone Anywhere!

Gayle’s Newsroom: Media Interviews

Gayle’s DVD: Speaker preview for Gayle Cotton

Circles Of Excellence Website: www.circlesofexcellence.com

Circles Of Excellence Blog: www.circlesofexcellence.com/blog

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New Article! Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for ARGENTINA

Posted on June 27, 2018 by Leave a comment

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

Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for Argentina

It’s easy for business travelers to think that even when they travel, business is going to be done pretty much the same way it is at home. But that’s not always the case. Cultural differences can have a big impact on global business etiquette. That’s why it’s important for business travelers to make sure that they understand the culture of the country that they’re doing business in.

This article on cultural differences in Argentina and cultural travel tips for Argentina is a brief snapshot of conversation guidelines for Argentina, tips for communicating in Argentina and business strategies for Argentina to help with understanding the culture in Argentina. It’s important to keep in mind that as we homogenize as a ‘global culture’, cultural tendencies change and evolve as well. Awareness is the first step when it comes to cultural do’s and taboos for Argentina and tips for intercultural communication!

Cultural Tips for Argentina – including some valuable business travel tips for Argentina!

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

Relationship building, rapport and trust are very important in Argentinian business.

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 generally converse in closer proximity than North Americans, so do your best to adapt to this practice because it may be taken personally if you back away from someone.

For business related occasions punctuality is appreciated and expected from visitors, however it’s not uncommon for your Argentine counterparts to be approximately 30 or so minutes late.

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 a sign that your Argentine companions are comfortable around you.

Businesswomen are well respected and accepted in Argentinian business.

A firm, inviting handshake is an important part of making a first impression. In accordance with Argentine business protocol, women should initiate the handshakes with men.

It’s not uncommon for women to be asked personal questions about their marital status and family. Give a discreet reply, and if you really don’t want to answer remain polite and gracefully side step the question.

Initially, avoid personal questions and inquiries about family until you have become better acquainted with someone.

Many Argentines like getting into discussions about politics and religion, however as a visitor it will be in your best interests not to get involved unless you know someone very well.

Sincere compliments about anything Argentinian are always welcome.

Professional status and ranking will be important to your Argentine counterparts, so make sure you have equal status as those you will be meeting.

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.

Hierarchy is important in Argentine business culture. Senior executives and others of status always are given great respect.

In negotiations, the top executives will play key roles in the final decision.

Typically, negotiations will take longer than in the U.S. and other non-Latin American cultures so be patient.

If all the feedback you receive seems unusually positive, keep in mind that it can be very difficult for Argentines to openly disagree with someone they like.

5 Key Conversation Topics or Cultural Gesture Tips

·         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 the great wine in Argentina

·         The beauty of the Argentine architecture, parks and gardens

5 Key Conversation Topics or Cultural Gesture Taboos

  • Criticizing or joking about Argentine culture and traditions
  • Avoid praising Argentina’s neighbors, particularly Chile. Argentina has fought wars with all their neighboring countries
  • Negative comments about Argentina’s government, cities, or Argentina’s sports teams
  • It’s best to avoid discussion about religion in Argentina until you know someone well
  • Political opinions are strong in Argentina, so it’s best to stay out of the discussion unless you know those involved very well

Bon Voyage!

Join us in the future for Do’s and Taboos for AUSTRALIA!

To learn more about the Dos and Taboos for different cultures, and the cultural communication styles for Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East – order Gayle Cotton’s bestselling book SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’ available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book

Watch the ‘Say Anything-5 Keys’ Video

Create Rapport and Organize Strategies for Success

The CROSS of Cross-Cultural

Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is the author of this blog and of the bestselling cross-cultural communication book SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, which is available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book. She is President of Circles Of Excellence Inc. and a Professional Keynote Speaker. Contact Gayle if you need professional speakers for events, speakers on cultural diversity, conference speakers for events, or keynote speakers that specialize in cross-cultural training. She is a leader in the field of public speakers, motivational speakers, and international keynote speakers. She is among the best of female keynote speakers and women motivational speakers, and is a ‘first choice’ request for international audiences!

Circles Of Excellence provides Corporate Training, Leadership Coaching, and Professional Keynote Speakers for companies of all sizes and in all industries, including over 50 Fortune 500 companies. Contact us about our customized training programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Teambuilding, and Time Management Training.

Circles Of Excellence Website: www.circlesofexcellence.com

Circles Of Excellence Blog: www.circlesofexcellence.com/blog

Gayle’s Website: www.gaylecotton.com

Gayle’s Blog: www.gaylecotton.com/blog

Gayle’s Bestselling Book: SAY Anything to Anyone Anywhere!

Gayle’s Newsroom: Media Interviews

Gayle’s DVD: Speaker preview for Gayle Cotton

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New Article! Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for Yemen

Posted on May 10, 2018 by Leave a comment

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

It’s easy for business travelers to think that even when they travel, business is going to be done pretty much the same way it is at home. But that’s not always the case. Cultural differences can have a big impact on global business etiquette. That’s why it’s important for business travelers to make sure that they understand the culture of the country that they’re doing business in.

This article on cultural differences in Yemen and cultural travel tips for Yemen is a brief snapshot of conversation guidelines for Yemen, tips for communicating in Yemen and business strategies for Yemen to help with understanding the culture in Yemen. It’s important to keep in mind that as we homogenize as a ‘global culture’, cultural tendencies change and evolve as well. Awareness is the first step when it comes to cultural do’s and taboos for Yemen and tips for intercultural communication!

Cultural Tips for Yemen – including some valuable business travel tips for Yemen!

The only absolute requirement of dress code in Yemen is modesty. Short sleeves are therefore acceptable but not short trousers.

The female dress code requires covering everything in public, however, a woman can wear literally anything she wants providing she covers herself thoroughly when she goes out.

The host typically sets the subject of conversation, and normally begin with general small talk such as “How are you?”, “Are you enjoying your visit?” etc.

Intelligent argument is admired and welcome, but only when it is courteous and reasoned. The more feedback you generate, no matter how forceful so long as it’s not angry, the more highly you will be esteemed.

Getting down to business can often be quicker than elsewhere in the Middle East, except for in the United Arab Emirates, UAE, where business is very westernized.

As is in other Arab countries, be prepared to tolerate multiple interruptions during conversations.

The standard greeting is “As-salam alaikum,” (“peace be upon you”) to which the standard reply is “Wa alaikum as-salam,” (“and upon you be peace”).

The use of first names denotes more familiarity than in the west and there is no real equivalent to Mr. or Ms. The noble title “Sayyed” refers to a Hashemite (an Arab claiming descent from Hashim, the great-grandfather of Muhammad), and should always be used before the first name.

A level of friendliness, without undue familiarity, is achieved by using the “kunya”. A man becomes known to his friends as “Abu” (father of), usually followed by the name of his eldest son. It is quite acceptable to ask a mutual acquaintance if you don’t know a man’s kunya. Somewhat less common is the female equivalent “Umm” (mother of).

The titles Doctor, Mohandas (engineer), Ustadh (professor), and Shaikh (chief) are used as honorable titles. “Shaikh” is similar in concept to knighthood in British English, and is used before the first name not the surname.

On arrival at a reception room, the visitor should stand in the doorway and utter the former of these phrases. After receiving the reply, the visitor is entitled to enter the reception room for further greetings and introductions.

If the room is carpeted, remove your shoes and leave them outside to avoid bringing in impurities that would leave the carpet ritually unclean for prayer.

Once inside the room, shake hands with the most senior person first, usually but not always the host. Proceed to make your way around the room in a counter-clockwise direction, shaking hands with each person before taking your seat or joining in the conversation.

If there is a very large number of people in the room, or if the seating is inconvenient, there may be consensus permission to merely shake hands with the host and wave a greeting to the others.

It is best not to change the subject of a conversation except by logical opportunity or invitation, even though the Yemenis will feel free to do this themselves.

English is widely spoken enough not to require a knowledge of Arabic for general day-to-day purposes.

Business cards are common but not essential in Yemen. If used, the common practice is to have English and Arabic printed on either side. Brochures and other promotional literature should be printed in Arabic, either with or without English translation.

If seated, crossing your legs is acceptable, provided you don’t direct the sole of your foot to an individual, which is the “go away” gesture.

In business meetings, conversation should be communal. Don’t have a long private chat with an individual because more than one conversation in the room is thought to spoil the atmosphere.

Yemenis are very shrewd in business, so the details of any agreement should be detailed meticulously. The concept of commitment may differ from yours, and such terms as “immediate”, “prompt”, “on demand” or “soon” are particularly susceptible to disputed interpretation.

Hospitality is important throughout the Middle East, but in Yemen it is a requirement and must be accepted when offered. Being invited to lunch anywhere in Yemen is the promise of a feast. The food is both varied and distinctive, however, be aware that the southern cuisine is substantially spicier than the northern.

5 Key Conversation Topics or Cultural Gesture Tips

  • Maintaining eye contact is an important way of showing attentiveness in Yemen.
  • Everything offered to anyone should be offered with and taken by only the right hand.
  • Be open to standing closer, more body language, and touching between the same sex.
  • Be prepared for many interruptions by the Yemenis during conversations,
  • Restaurants and the varied, distinctive food are always appreciated topics of discussion.

 

5 Key Conversation Topics or Cultural Gesture Taboos

  • Nothing should be offered with the left hand which is considered unclean.
  • When seated, don’t point the sole of your foot to anyone, because this is a “go away” gesture.
  • In general, let your host guide the conversation and don’t change the topic unless invited to do so.
  • Don’t ask personal questions or discuss a person’s private life unless they bring it up first.
  • Don’t back away from Yemenis when they stand close to you or touch your arm or clothing during discussions.

Bon Voyage!

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Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is the author of this blog and of the bestselling cross-cultural communication book SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, which is available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book. She is President of Circles Of Excellence Inc. and a Professional Keynote Speaker. Contact Gayle if you need professional speakers for events, speakers on cultural diversity, conference speakers for events, or keynote speakers that specialize in cross-cultural training. She is a leader in the field of public speakers, motivational speakers, and international keynote speakers. She is among the best of female keynote speakers and women motivational speakers, and is a ‘first choice’ request for international audiences!

Circles Of Excellence provides Corporate Training, Leadership Coaching, and Professional Keynote Speakers for companies of all sizes and in all industries, including over 50 Fortune 500 companies. Contact us about our customized training programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Teambuilding, and Time Management Training.

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New Article! Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for Venezuela

Posted on April 5, 2018 by Leave a comment

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

It’s easy for business travelers to think that even when they travel, business is going to be done pretty much the same way it is at home. But that’s not always the case. Cultural differences can have a big impact on global business etiquette. That’s why it’s important for business travelers to make sure that they understand the culture of the country that they’re doing business in.

The interview on cultural differences in Venezuela and cultural travel tips for Venezuela is a brief snapshot of conversation guidelines for Venezuela, tips for communicating in Venezuela and business strategies for Venezuela to help with understanding the culture in Venezuela. It’s important to keep in mind that as we homogenize as a ‘global culture’, cultural tendencies change and evolve as well. Awareness is the first step when it comes to cultural do’s and taboos for Venezuela and tips for intercultural communication!

Cultural Tips for Venezuela – including some valuable business travel tips for Venezuela!

In Venezuela, punctuality is expected. Traffic congestion, especially in Caracas, can be difficult, so make sure you have plenty of time to get to your appointment.

A firm, assured, handshake is the customary greeting on all occasions. During the handshake, state your full name and the Venezuelan will reciprocate by doing the same.

Once you establish a closer acquaintance, you may receive an “abrazo”, an embrace which involves a squeeze of the arm, and sometimes even a kiss on the cheek.

Venezuelans tend to stand close to others. Respect this practice and accept that it is the cultural norm. Attempting to move away may be perceived as a rejection.

Business cards are important in establishing working relationships in this culture, so bring a plentiful supply and have them ready when first meeting others. Business cards should be treated with care and respect.

It’s best if documents, letters, promotional literature, and presentation materials are translated into Spanish. However, if you receive a reply from a Venezuelan in English you may begin using English in all correspondence.

In the Venezuelan business culture, preliminary conversation or “small talk” is considered necessary before each meeting, since it allows the participants to become personally acquainted. Follow their lead in establishing rapport.

An important part of developing a business relationship with your Venezuelan contact involves dining at a restaurant. Business dinners are usually social occasions, so refrain from discussing work-related matters unless your Venezuelan contact brings up the subject.

If you are hosting a meal at a restaurant, it’s a good idea to pay the bill in advance. This guideline is especially important if you are a woman, since your male guests may resist allowing you to pick up the tab.

If you are invited to a Venezuelan’s home, consider it an honor, and it’s best to bring a gift. Orchids, the national flower, is a popular and an easily available floral gift.

Businesspeople from older generations often place a greater emphasis on getting to know you personally. Conversely, the younger generations are chiefly preoccupied with business concerns.

In Venezuelan business culture, interpersonal skills and maintaining cordial relations with the group, are often considered more important than professional competence and experience.

Avoid monopolizing a conversation, it’s best to allow your Venezuelan companions to initially take the lead.

During a conversation, it’s not uncommon for Venezuelans to sometimes touch each other’s arms or jacket.

In both the government and private sectors, Venezuelan women hold positions of rank and authority, so you’ll find that Venezuelan men will be accustomed to dealing with businesswomen.

A business deal made in Venezuela should focus mainly on long-term goals, rather than immediate gains.

The Venezuelan educational system emphasizes processing information subjectively and associatively. In problem solving, becoming personally involved is often considered more important than seeking guidance from a specific set or laws or rules.

In the Venezuelan business culture, an individual takes full responsibility for his or her decisions and how they affect the group or family structure.

The pace of negotiations is generally slower in Venezuela than in the United States.

During negotiations, wait until final agreements are reached before discussing getting attorneys involved.

Business gifts are appreciated if you have been invited to dinner or when someone has done something thoughtful for you. It’s best to give them after business hours. Some good gifts include fine chocolates, a desk accessory with your company name and logo, or a small electronic.

5 Key Conversation Topics or Cultural Gesture Tips

  • Maintaining eye contact is an important way of signaling attentiveness in this culture.
  • Point with your entire hand, rather than just your index finger which is considered impolite
  • Good topics to discuss are the positive aspects of Venezuela, particularly what you like most about the country.
  • Sports, especially baseball and soccer.
  • Restaurants and food are always good topics of discussion.

 

5 Key Conversation Topics or Cultural Gesture Taboos

  • Venezuelans look down upon eating and walking at the same time.
  • Avoid discussing Venezuelan politic or religion.
  • In general, it’s best not to bring up the influence the United States has on South America.
  • Don’t ask personal questions or discuss a person’s private life unless they bring it up first.
  • Don’t back away from Venezuelans when they stand close to you or pull away if they touch your arm or clothing during discussions.

Bon Voyage!

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Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is the author of this blog and of the bestselling cross-cultural communication book SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, which is available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book. She is President of Circles Of Excellence Inc. and a Professional Keynote Speaker. Contact Gayle if you need professional speakers for events, speakers on cultural diversity, conference speakers for events, or keynote speakers that specialize in cross-cultural training. She is a leader in the field of public speakers, motivational speakers, and international keynote speakers. She is among the best of female keynote speakers and women motivational speakers, and is a ‘first choice’ request for international audiences!

Circles Of Excellence provides Corporate Training, Leadership Coaching, and Professional Keynote Speakers for companies of all sizes and in all industries, including over 50 Fortune 500 companies. Contact us about our customized training programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Teambuilding, and Time Management Training

Gayle’s Website: www.gaylecotton.com

Gayle’s Blog: www.gaylecotton.com/blog

Gayle’s Bestselling Book: SAY Anything to Anyone Anywhere!

Gayle’s Newsroom: Media Interviews

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Phrases & Pronunciation in Gaelic!

Posted on March 8, 2018 by Leave a comment

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (singular) – Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit! La ale-lah pwad-rig son-ah ditch

To your health! – Sláinte or slàinte! Slanh-chə

Saint Patrick’s Day Blessings! – Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig! Ban-ick-tee na fay-lah pwad-rig

Ireland Forever! – Éire go Brách! Air-rah guh braw

I’m Irish! – Is Éireannach mé! Iss air-in-ack may

Give me the same as the man on the floor! – Tabhair dom an rud céanna mar atá ag an fhear ar an t-úrlar! Toe-er do un rudd kear-nah marr ah-ta ig un arr air un urr-la

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Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is the author of this blog and of the bestselling cross-cultural communication book SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, which is available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book. She is President of Circles Of Excellence Inc. and a Professional Keynote Speaker. Contact Gayle if you need professional speakers for events, speakers on cultural diversity, conference speakers for events, or professional keynote speakers that specialize in cross-cultural communication training and cross-cultural training programs. She is a leader in the field of professional public speakers, professional motivational speakers, and international keynote speakers. She is among the best of female keynote speakers and women motivational speakers, and is a ‘first choice’ request for international audiences!

Circles Of Excellence provides Corporate Training, Executive Coaching, and Professional Keynote Speakers for companies of all sizes and in all industries, including over 50 Fortune 500 companies. Contact us about our customized training programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership and Management, Presentation Skills, Sales and Negotiations, Stress Management, Teambuilding, and Time Management Training.

Gayle’s Website: www.gaylecotton.com

Gayle’s Blog: www.gaylecotton.com/blog

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Gayle’s Newsroom: Media Interviews

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It’s Chinese New Year and 2018 is the Year of the DOG!

Posted on February 15, 2018 by Leave a comment

It’s Your Year DOGS and the keyword for Dogs is Action!

This year the Chinese New Year begins on February 16, 2018 and ends on the on the Lunar New Year February 4, 2019. The Dog occupies the 11th position in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. You are a Dog if you are born in one of these years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018.

Postponing is a word you can remove from your vocabulary. The Chinese Horoscope of 2018 predicts that the year of the Brown Earth Dog is going to be a good year in all respects, but it could also be an exhausting year. You might be happy, then frustrated, full of energy, and then tired!

Refreshed and regenerated, the Dog will accelerate the initiation of all things, but this could also bring pressure and stress in everyday life.

According to Chinese astrology, 2018 is a very good year regarding the financial aspects, but there could also be some health challenges. In the year of the dog, all zodiac signs should pay attention to their health. Year 2018 is a good time to start eating healthy, exercising, and getting rid of bad habits.

Hundreds of millions of people across China have been celebrating the arrival of the New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival – the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. People from all over the world travel to China to celebrate, and it’s considered the largest annual migration on a global scale. It’s celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar, and is the longest festival of the year. It traditionally runs from Chinese New Year’s Eve on the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. The first day of the New Year falls between January 21 and February 20.

Regional customs for the celebration of the Chinese New Year vary. Usually, it’s a time for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also tradition for every family to thoroughly clean the house to sweep away bad luck and make way for good luck in the coming year. Homes are decorated in red with themes representing “wealth” and “longevity”. There are fireworks, dragons, lion dances, money given away in red envelopes and more!

To learn more about the Dos and Taboos for different cultures, and the cultural communication styles for Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East – order Gayle Cotton’s bestselling book SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’ available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book

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Say Happy New Year in Different Languages from Around the World!

Posted on December 28, 2017 by Leave a comment

 

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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Circles Of Excellence provides Corporate Training, Leadership Coaching, and Professional Keynote Speakers for companies of all sizes and in all industries, including over 50 Fortune 500 companies. Contact us about our customized training programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Teambuilding, and Time Management Training.

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New Year Traditions Around the World from New York to Japan!

Posted on December 21, 2017 by Leave a comment

New Year Traditions Around the World from New York to Japan!

  • Times Square Celebrations The first Ball Lowering celebration atop One Times Square was held on December 31, 1907 and is now a worldwide symbol of the turn of the New Year, seen via satellite by more than one billion people each year. The original New Year’s Eve Ball weighed 700 pounds and was 5 feet in diameter. It was made of iron and wood and was decorated with 100 25-watt light bulbs.
  • It was thought that one could affect the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year. It is still held in some regions that special New Year foods are the harbingers of luck. For that reason, the Dutch believe that eating donuts on New Year’s Day will bring good fortune. The hog, and its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. Cabbage is another “good luck” vegetable that is consumed on New Year’s Day by many. Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year’s Day. The ancient Persians gave New Year’s gifts of eggs, which symbolized productiveness.
  • Black-eyed peas Many parts of the U.S. have a new year tradition of consuming black-eyed peas. These legumes are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures.
  • New Year Rings Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes “coming full circle,” completing a year’s cycle.
  • Wearing new slippers For the new year in China, many people wear in the new year a new pair of slippers that is bought before the new year, because it means to step on the people who gossip about you.
  • Sealed doors & windows During the Chinese New Year the doors and windows of every home in china can be seen sealed with paper. The Chinese think that this will succeed in keep the evil demons out.
  • Jewish New Year The Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. It is a holy time when Jews recall the things they have done wrong in the past, and then promise to do better in the future. Special services are held in the synagogues, children are given new clothes and New Year loaves are baked to remind people of harvest time.
  • American Resolutions 40 to 45% of American adults make one or more New Year’s resolutions each year. And these range from debt reduction to giving up bad habits to what not? But the ones that are the most common deal with weight loss to exercise to giving up smoking.
  • Japanese New Year On New Year’s Day in Japan, everyone gets dressed in their new clothes. Homes are decorated with pine branches and bamboo, both of which are considered to be the symbols of long life.

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Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is the author of this blog and of the bestselling cross-cultural communication book SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, which is available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book. She is President of Circles Of Excellence Inc. and a Professional Keynote Speaker. Contact Gayle if you need professional speakers for events, speakers on cultural diversity, conference speakers for events, or keynote speakers that specialize in cross-cultural training. She is a leader in the field of public speakers, motivational speakers, and international keynote speakers. She is among the best of female keynote speakers and women motivational speakers, and is a ‘first choice’ request for international audiences!

Circles Of Excellence provides Corporate Training, Leadership Coaching, and Professional Keynote Speakers for companies of all sizes and in all industries, including over 50 Fortune 500 companies. Contact us about our customized training programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Teambuilding, and Time Management Training.

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