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New Article! Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for ITALY

Posted on September 17, 2020 by Leave a comment

The Latest! Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for Italy

A Series of Cultural Tips for Countries from A to Z  

Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for Italy

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 Italy and cultural travel tips for Italy is a brief snapshot of conversation guidelines for Italy tips for communicating in Italy, and business strategies for Italy to help with understanding the culture in Italy. 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 Italy and tips for intercultural communication!

Cultural Tips for Italy – including some valuable business travel tips for Italy

There is tremendous respect for power, authority, and age in the Italian culture.

You will usually be introduced to older people and women first. When introducing yourself, it’s best to follow this protocol.

In the business culture, punctuality is not as much of a priority as in some places. However, it’s best to arrive on time and be prepared to wait.

In many cities there is a long lunch break from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Business may be discussed during lunch.

Be aware of summer vacations in August, as most companies are closed.

Frequent, warm and enthusiastic handshakes are common for both business and social occasions. Italians will also greet people they know well with an embrace.

It’s not unusual to see Italians touching an arm or hand in their enthusiastic conversation style.

Italians can be very demonstrative and like to gesture with their arms and hands while talking.

Italians have an enthusiastic communication style using variations of tonality and gestures!

Conversation interruptions are common, and there are rare moments of silence in groups.

Italians have many physical gestures that have very specific meanings. Because of this, avoid hand gestures where fingers are pointed, or singled out in a descriptive way so you don’t offend anyone.

In the Italian culture, people are traditionally expected to behave with a sense of decorum and formality. This concept is known as ‘bella figura’ (beautiful figure).

Although women form a relatively high percentage of the total workforce, the number of women in senior management positions is less than in some countries. However, progress is constantly being made in this area.

Women tend to be in higher positions in family owned companies where stature within the family is the key criteria.

Senior female managers in Italy and from abroad will always be treated with equal respect and courtesy.

In business, avoid chewing gum, leaning on things, or slouching. Good posture and direct eye contact is important

It’s advisable to wait to be seated at meetings, meals, or gatherings. Take these opportunities to cultivate feelings of respect and trust with your Italian counterparts.

Any presentation materials should be aesthetically pleasing. It’s essential that things look good as appearance is very important.

Hierarchy in business and “cordata” (chain of command) cannot be underestimated. A belief in status and hierarchy permeates all aspects of Italian society.

Decision making is rather slow and protracted, so be patient since rushing the process will only be an affront to the Italian business protocol.

Honor and personal pride are critical. Never insult an Italian, their family, their town, their friends, or their church (which is predominantly Roman Catholic).

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Tips

Italian architecture and landscape

Anything related to Italian art, opera and films

Sports, especially soccer

The warm Italian hospitality

Current events, as long as they are not derogatory to Italy

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Taboos

Religion, the Vatican and its policies

Politics, taxes, the Mafia and World War II

Criticizing the Italian culture, even if your Italian counterparts are doing so

Overly personal questions about job and family when you have just met

Negative comments about the local soccer team!

Bon Voyage!

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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 customizedtraining programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Team building, and Time Management Training.

Gayle Cotton’s Website: www.gaylecotton.com

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

Gayle Cotton’s Video: Speaker Preview for Gayle Cotton

Gayle Cotton’s Newsroom: Media Interviews

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

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 ISRAEL

Posted on August 20, 2020 by Leave a comment

The Latest! Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for Israel

A Series of Cultural Tips for Countries from A to Z  

Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for Israel

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 Israel and cultural travel tips for Israel is a brief snapshot of conversation guidelines for Israel tips for communicating in Israel, and business strategies for Israel to help with understanding the culture in Israel. 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 Israel and tips for intercultural communication!

Cultural Tips for Israel – including some valuable business travel tips for Israel

Most Israelis speak at a much closer distance than North Americans may be accustomed to so do not move away.

Be aware that the Jewish Holy Day, the Sabbath, begins at sunset on Friday and ends at sunset on Saturday.

Observant Orthodox Jewish men, whose appearance is usually distinguished by their skullcaps (yarmulkes) or hats and black clothing, do not shake hands with women.

Women do business in the Israeli business world however, women business travelers should avoid initiating physical contact.

There is a tendency among Israelis to downplay their professional titles, so it’s wise to do the same.

It’s likely that you will quickly be invited to move to a first-name basis in business.

The standard greeting is “Shalom” or a cordial “Hello”, followed by a handshake.

There is also more physical contact, and conversations often involve gestures and touching.

If an Israeli holds your hand, take it graciously as a gesture of friendship.

For Israelis, constant gesturing is acceptable, however pointing is considered rude.

Refrain from any gesture that requires you to extend the thumb, as this is considered offensive (i.e. “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” signs, the hitchhiker’s signal, etc.).

Business cards are considered important and should be printed in English. As an added touch, some visitors have the reverse side printed in Hebrew.

Given the diverse nature of the population, business practices may reflect North American, European, Russian, or other cultural influences.

Expect business to be straightforward and emphasize the “bottom line.”

In general, the pace of business is slower in Israel than in many places. You will have to exercise patience and tolerance.

Subjective feelings tend to form perceptions of the truth as they see it.

Faith in the tenets of Judaism, including the conviction that the state must succeed, can also be a profound influence in their thinking.

Feelings and faith are supplemented by empirical evidence and other substantial facts.

Israelis can be confrontational in business and, at times, are intensely emotional negotiators.

Israelis may delight in spirited disagreements and can be opinionated about their position. However, you don’t have to feel compelled to openly agree with what they say.

In the Israeli business culture, it usually takes a longer time to arrive at a final decision.

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Tips

Family, however don’t mix it with business

Travel is always a good topic

Politics (if you know what you are talking about)

Sports – especially soccer, basketball, and swimming

Food and drinks

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Taboos

It’s best not to discuss US aid in Israel

Religion in general

Israel and Palestine

Sex and roles of the sexes

Any controversial social issue in Israel

Bon Voyage!

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

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 customizedtraining programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Team building, and Time Management Training.

Gayle Cotton’s Website: www.gaylecotton.com

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

Gayle Cotton’s Video: Speaker preview for Gayle Cotton

Gayle Cotton’s Newsroom: Media Interviews

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

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 IRELAND

Posted on July 17, 2020 by Leave a comment

The Latest! Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for Ireland

A Series of Cultural Tips for Countries from A to Z  

Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for Ireland

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 Ireland and cultural travel tips for Ireland is a brief snapshot of conversation guidelines for Ireland tips for communicating in Ireland, and business strategies for Ireland to help with understanding the culture in Ireland. 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 Ireland and tips for intercultural communication!

Cultural Tips for Ireland – including some valuable business travel tips for Ireland

The Irish often have more of a relaxed attitude toward time. As a business traveler, however, you should always strive to be punctual for your appointments.

When meeting the Irish, the proper greeting is to shake hands and extend a warm greeting as you maintain eye contact. Handshakes should also be exchanged upon departure.

The Irish tend to value their personal space and will expect the same of you. If you speak in an animated manner, tone down your hand gestures.

Stand straight and sit with your feet situated flat on the floor. If men or women cross their legs, it shouldn’t be ankle over knee. It is preferable to cross ankle over ankle.

In a conversation between the Irish and visitors to the country, all participants are expected to maintain a low, moderate, tone of voice.

 Among friends, family, and perhaps closer acquaintances, it’s permissible for the volume and display of emotions to become more pronounced.

The Irish are resolute about their independence from English rule. Consequently, in conversation, refrain from putting Irish culture in the same category as English culture.

Generalizations between cultures can jeopardize the business relationship you have worked to establish.

Keep your hands out of your pockets, particularly when speaking.

Avoid using the North American expression, “Have a nice day”. It will come across as sounding questionable.

Pointing is accomplished by using the head or chin, rather than the fingers. Touching one’s nose is a sign of confidentiality.

Use the index finger to indicate the number one, and the thumb for number five.

The peace sign or “V” made by extending the index and middle finger with the palm facing out, is an obscene gesture in Ireland and should be avoided.

In larger organizations, the boss is distinguished from others as the key decision-maker and authority figure. Subordinates usually do as they are told and may not readily express opinions or ideas unless asked.

The Irish tend to value a conservative demeanor, yet have an admiration for eccentrics, rebels, and artists.

Fewer women are a part of the higher ranks in Irish business culture, although they are slowly making progress.

If you place a high priority on having a tightly focused meeting, you will have to make some allowances. In general, the Irish don’t place much emphasis on closely following an agenda.

The Irish are far more animated speakers than the English. They can sometimes be described as prone to the legendary pastime of “blarney” or embellishing the truth.

The Irish tend to be very “down-to-earth”, so ensure that any information you give is sensible and realistic.

The Irish tend to be polite, attentive listeners and will restrain themselves from interrupting, so do the same.

Don’t put pressure on the decision-making process. Efforts of any kind to obtain direct information or force a faster decision will only damage your relationship.

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Tips

Irish writers such as Swift, Yeats, Joyce, Shaw, O’Casey, and Beckett have made great literary contributions. Knowledge and appreciation of Irish literature will ingratiate you with your Irish companions.

Your travels in Ireland

The Gaelic culture

Sports, especially Irish sports and football (Soccer)

Food, drink and fun!

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Taboos

Avoid discussing Irish politics

Religion and religious differences in Ireland

Comparing the lives of the native Irish with Irish-Americans

Sex and roles of the sexes

Any controversial social issue in Ireland

Bon Voyage!

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

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 customizedtraining programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Team building, and Time Management Training.

Gayle Cotton’s Website: www.gaylecotton.com

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

Gayle Cotton’s Video: Speaker preview for Gayle Cotton

Gayle Cotton’s Newsroom: Media Interviews

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

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 IRAN

Posted on June 18, 2020 by Leave a comment

Iran

The Latest! Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for Iran

A Series of Cultural Tips for Countries from A to Z  

Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for Iran

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 Iran and cultural travel tips for Iran is a brief snapshot of conversation guidelines for Iran tips for communicating in Iran, and business strategies for Iran to help with understanding the culture in Iran. 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 Iran and tips for intercultural communication!

Cultural Tips for Iran – including some valuable business travel tips for Iran

Although Iran is considered a part of the Middle East, it is important that you do not confuse Iranians with Arabs. Both have different languages, cultures, and histories.

The official language of Iran is Persian – known as ‘Farsi’ to Iranians. Although it borrows many words from Arabic, it is a unique language.

Iranians are predominantly Shia Muslims. However, some Azeris, Kurds, Afghans, Beluchis and other ethnic minorities in Iran are Sunni.

Shia Islam’s differences with the Sunni variety are limited and sometimes over emphasized.

People should always be mindful of their behavior in public. Clothes should be conservative and non-revealing.

Avoid talking loudly. Do not hold hands with the opposite sex in public, unless these are children or older members of the family.

When meeting someone, always shake hands. As a male, you should wait to see if a woman extends her hand. If she doesn’t then simply nod your head and smile.

When meeting someone for the first time, stick to formalities. Once a relationship has been established, your Iranian counterpart will quickly start to address you with your first name.

As a male in business, you will be expected to dress smartly and conservatively. A suit is standard, although wearing a tie is not necessary.

Women should wear conservative clothing that covers arms, legs, and hair.

When in public, women must cover their hair with a scarf. However, the last few years has seen incredible changes in what the authorities are willing to tolerate.

Women can now be seen wearing make-up, jeans, and scarves that barely cover the hair. Nonetheless, as a foreigner it is best to err on the side of caution.

Business hours are Saturday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch is usually an hour at around 1 p.m. No business is done on Fridays. 

Although many Iranians in business will have a good understanding of English, it is best to arrange for your own interpreter to accompany you.

At the beginning of any meeting, engage in small talk and ask about people’s health, family and work. Wait for your counterpart to initiate the transition in conversation to business matters.

Your success is defined by your ability to build effective personal relationships, combined with a clearly outlined and well-presented proposal.

Building a relationship with your Iranian counterparts is crucial. The first meeting should be focused solely on getting to know each other. Once a relationship has been established, you can move on to business matters.

Iranians are astute businesspeople. They enjoy haggling and getting concessions, so prepare for longer negotiations.

Decision making can be slow. It is most likely that you will meet and negotiate with less senior people first.

Once you are seen as trustworthy and your proposal financially viable, you will move on to meet more senior members.

When negotiating, Iranians will start at extremes in order to gage your response. Prior to negotiations, know your target figure and work slowly towards it through meaningful concessions.

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Tips

Iran, it’s language, culture and history

Discussing family in a general, non-intrusive way

Food, especially the variety of local cuisine

Sports, especially Football (Soccer) is always a good topic

Professionals will enjoy talking about their education and employment

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Taboos

Questions about Islam, unless they are very simple, inquisitive questions

Contentious issues that may lead to heated discussion like the Revolution of 1979, Iranian-US relations, and Israeli foreign and domestic policy

Sex and roles of the sexes

Personal questions, unless a very close relationship has been established. Also don’t divulge too much personal information about yourself

Any negative comments about Iran regarding the leadership, infrastructure or people

Bon Voyage!

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

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 customizedtraining programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Team building, and Time Management Training.

Gayle Cotton’s Website: www.gaylecotton.com

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

Gayle Cotton’s Video: Speaker preview for Gayle Cotton

Gayle Cotton’s Newsroom: Media Interviews

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

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 INDONESIA

Posted on May 28, 2020 by Leave a comment

Indonesia

The Latest! Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for Indonesia

A Series of Cultural Tips for Countries from A to Z  

Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for Indonesia

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 Indonesia and cultural travel tips for Indonesia is a brief snapshot of conversation guidelines for Indonesia tips for communicating in Indonesia, and business strategies for Indonesia to help with understanding the culture in Indonesia. 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 Indonesia and tips for intercultural communication!

Cultural Tips for Indonesia – including some valuable business travel tips for Indonesia

Generally, greetings among all Indonesians are conducted with stateliness and formality, in a slow, deliberate manner. A hurried introduction will be perceived as disrespectful.

Especially among Indonesian Chinese, handshakes are the standard greeting. Most Indonesian handshakes have a gentle grasp and last for 10-12 seconds.

For subsequent meetings, it may also be appropriate to bow rather than initiate further handshakes. Bow your head, lower your eyes, and smile while saying the Indonesian greeting “Selamat”, which means “peace.”

The traditional Hindu greeting involves a slight bow with the palms of the hands together, as if praying. Older, traditional Hindus often use this greeting, called the “Namaste”. It is also an acceptable alternative to a handshake when a Western businesswoman greets a Hindu man.

With the exception of handshakes, there is no public contact between the sexes in Indonesia. Hugging and kissing, even between husbands and wives, are forbidden in public. Moreover, if a woman touches a Muslim man, he must ritually cleanse himself before praying again.

Conversely, physical contact between people of the same sex is perfectly acceptable. You’ll likely observe men holding hands with men or even walking with their arms around each other. These displays are viewed strictly as gestures of friendship.

Be aware that many Indonesians believe that the head is the “seat of the soul.” Consequently, never touch someone’s head, not even to good-naturedly pat the hair of a child.

Among both Muslims and Hindus, the left hand is considered unclean so, whenever possible, should not be used in public. The right hand should be used exclusively to eat, accept gifts, hold cash, and touch people. These guidelines apply even if you are left-handed. However, you may use your left hand when there is absolutely no other realistic alternative.

Since the foot is also considered unclean, do not use this part of the body to point at, move or touch things. Also, refrain from resting your feet on desks or table. Do not show the soles of your feet or shoes. You can cross your legs at the knee, but not with one ankle over your knee.

Point with an open hand rather than with your index finger, which is considered rude. Chewing gum in public is discouraged.

There is a belief in Indonesia that the office is the only place to discuss business. Therefore, refrain from discussing business in a social situation, unless your Indonesian companions bring up the subject. Meals are often enjoyed with very little conversation.

To successfully hold a conversation, it’s essential for Indonesians to know if they are speaking with a person who is their superior, inferior or equal. Generally, they will feel uncomfortable until they learn your status, so there is a tendency to ask very personal questions.

Be careful when asking an Indonesian Chinese a question. For example, English speakers would give a negative answer to the question “Isn’t the document available?” by responding “no.” The Chinese interpretation is opposite. The answer would be “yes,” meaning “Yes, the document is not available.”

Although many government officials will speak some English, they may prefer to hold meetings in Bahasa Indonesia. Fortunately, English-speaking translators are usually easily accessible. Presentation material and company literature should be also translated into Bahasa Indonesia.

When you receive another person’s card, make a show of carefully examining it for a few moments and then remarking upon it before putting it in your card case or on a nearby table. Accepting a business card and then immediately stuffing it into your back pocket will be perceived as disrespectful.

Indonesians tend to be very friendly and you should reciprocate this immediate friendliness. They are more likely to buy from people who they genuinely like.

Taking the time to develop solid, long-term personal relationships is of vital importance. In Indonesian business culture, relationships are based on respect and trust.

Meetings tend to be formal. The Indonesian participants will enter the room based on their hierarchical position and then take a seat. You will be expected to remain standing until this ritual concludes.

The majority of Indonesian businesspeople are Chinese, and they are likely to be prompt for meetings and appointments.

Other businesspeople and many government officials are ethnic Malays, and they may place less of an emphasis on efficiency, punctuality and deadlines.

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Tips

Talk about Indonesian traditions, culture, and architecture

Families and friends is always a welcome topic

Food, especially discussing the variety of local cuisine

Sports in general is always a good topic

The success and future plans of your organization

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Taboos

Commenting on Indonesian customs that you find unusual

Human rights, politics, the Military influence, bureaucracy, corruption

Sex and roles of the sexes

Over emphasizing your personal successes

It’s best to avoid religion and your personal religious preferences

Bon Voyage!

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

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 customizedtraining programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Team building, and Time Management Training.

Gayle Cotton’s Website: www.gaylecotton.com

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

Gayle Cotton’s Video: Speaker preview for Gayle Cotton

Gayle Cotton’s Newsroom: Media Interviews

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New Article! Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for INDIA

Posted on April 16, 2020 by Leave a comment

The Latest! Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for India

A Series of Cultural Tips for Countries from A to Z  

Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for India

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 India and cultural travel tips for India is a brief snapshot of conversation guidelines for India tips for communicating in India, and business strategies for India to help with understanding the culture in India. 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 India and tips for intercultural communication!

Cultural Tips for India – including some valuable business travel tips for India

Rapport and discussing friends and family is an important part of establishing a business relationship in India.

Conversation is considered an “art form” and people put a lot of time and effort into a discussion. However, it shouldn’t be overdone. 

Indians tend to be enthusiastic about discussing politics and religion. They enjoy opinionated conversations and don’t necessarily want to hear only bland pleasantries from a foreign guest. Just make sure you are well-informed.

Indians of all ethnic groups disapprove of public displays of affection between people of the opposite sex. Refrain from greeting people with hugs or kisses. This includes most non westernized Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians.

The traditional Indian greeting is the “namaste.” To perform the “namaste”, hold the palms of your hands together (as if praying) below the chin, nod or bow slightly, and say “namaste” (nah-mas-tay). This greeting is useful for foreigners in any circumstance in which a handshake might not be appropriate.

To beckon someone, you hold your hand out, palm downward, and make a scooping motion with the fingers. Beckoning someone with the palm up and wagging one finger, as in the United States, will often be perceived as an insult.

Pointing with you finger is considered rude. Indians prefer to point with their chin.

Feet are considered unclean, so never point your feet at another person. You will be expected to apologize whenever your shoes or feet touch another person.

Indians appreciate punctuality even though they may not always practice it themselves. Keep your schedule flexible enough for last-minute rescheduling of meetings.

Although there are still more men in senior positions, women are readily accepted in the business environment.

Take care to behave in a professional manner with male subordinates as signs of friendship or affection could be misconstrued.

The hierarchical nature of Indian society dictates that the boss is recognized as the highest individual in authority.

When establishing business contacts, aim for those in the highest position of authority since decisions are made only at this level.

Middle managers usually do not make final decisions however they do have influence. A middle manager on your side can forward a proposal. Often, they are more accessible to meet with.

In Indian business culture, perceptions of the truth tend to be guided by feelings, and a strong faith in religious ideologies is also common.

Although this is changing, the caste system remains one of the most important influences in Indian society. Technically there is equality under the law, however inequality still exists between the castes and is an accepted reality of Indian life.

Since the word “no” has negative implications in India, evasive answers are considered more polite. For example, if you must decline an invitation, it’s more acceptable to give a vague and noncommittal answer such as “I’ll try” or “We’ll see” rather than “No, I can’t.”

Business in India is highly personal. It is also conducted at a more leisurely pace than in the United States.

Hospitality is an intrinsic part of doing business in India, and most business discussions will not begin until tea is served and there has been some preliminary “small talk.”

Expect Indian negotiators to be highly skilled and often looking for a ‘bargain’.

It’s best to mask any angry or upset feelings with a smile and work through challenges in a positive fashion.

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Tips

Indian traditions, culture, architecture as well as that of other countries

Families, friends and other interesting people

Food is very important, and they enjoy discussing their traditional fare

Cricket and other sports

Religion and general politics (if you know what you are talking about)

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Taboos

Personal matters or anything that might be considered overly intrusive

Poverty or foreign aid in India

Anything about India that you may have some unpleasant feelings towards

Feet are considered unclean, so never point your feet at someone

Pointing with your finger is considered rude

Bon Voyage!

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

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 customizedtraining programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Team building, and Time Management Training.

Gayle Cotton’s Website: www.gaylecotton.com

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

Gayle Cotton’s Video: Speaker preview for Gayle Cotton

Gayle Cotton’s Newsroom: Media Interviews

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

Circles Of Excellence Website: www.circlesofexcellence.com

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

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I’m speaking at the ICTF Global Credit and Trade Symposium in Chicago!

Posted on March 20, 2020 by Leave a comment

Professional Keynote Speaker Gayle Cotton
Professional Keynote Speaker Gayle Cotton

Come and hear me speak at the International Credit & Trade Finance (ICTF) Global Credit Professionals Symposium in Chicago! http://bit.ly/rrRXBd

I will be speaking on the topic “Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication in the Global Business World” in Chicago on Monday April 21 from 4-5:30 pm.

You can check out the conference here http://ow.ly/9Fgq50ywUeB 

The topic is based on my bestselling book “5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Business Communications”.  #SAY http://bit.ly/1rwGKbH

I look forward to seeing you there!

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

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

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New Article! Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for HONG KONG

Posted on February 21, 2020 by Leave a comment

The Latest! Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for Hong Kong

A Series of Cultural Tips for Countries from A to Z  

Cultural Clues & Communication Guidelines for Hong Kong

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 Hong Kong and cultural travel tips for Hong Kong is a brief snapshot of conversation guidelines for Hong Kong tips for communicating in Hong Kong, and business strategies for Hong Kong to help with understanding the culture in Hong Kong. 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 Hong Kong and tips for intercultural communication!

Cultural Tips for Hong Kong – including some valuable business travel tips for Hong Kong

Business cards are exchanged with both hands between the thumbs and forefingers.

When receiving a business card make a show of examining it for a few moments, and then carefully place it into your card case or on the table if you are seated at one.

In Hong Kong’s business culture, a person’s reputation and social standing rests on the concept of “saving face.” Causing embarrassment or loss of composure, even unintentionally, can be very damaging for business negotiations.

Emotional restraint is held in high esteem when dealing with people. One must maintain harmony within the group and avoid overt conflict.

The importance of reserve and tact should never be underestimated.

Age is revered. Respect and deference are directed from the young to the old, and the authority and responsibility from the old to the young.

Hierarchy is very important in Hong Kong’s business culture, regardless of the size or nature of the company. A clear line of authority is essential in any office, otherwise confusion and resentment will likely occur.

The Chinese can be exceptionally diplomatic in conversation. They will make an effort to ensure that no potentially insulting or embarrassing statements are made.

Do not offer opinions too freely and avoid inquiring about an individual’s specific plans like where he is going. The Chinese find the disclosure of excessive amounts of information impolite.

If you speak only English, understand that you may have difficulty interpreting the emotional content of a conversation in Mandarin or other Chinese languages. A simple, mundane Chinese conversation (especially in Cantonese) may sound like an argument to a Westerner.

Punctuality is very important in the Hong Kong business culture and is seen as a gesture of respect. Make every effort to be on time, even though Hong Kong’s congested streets can make this objective a challenge.

In keeping with Chinese custom, each person is obliged to apologize when necessary. For example, you should apologize profusely if you are late, even if it was not your fault. On the other hand, do not show anger or annoyance if your Hong Kong counterpart arrives late. You immediately put yourself at a disadvantage if you appear to be under a time constraint.

The Chinese will nod or bow slightly as an initial greeting. Handshakes are also popular, however it’s best to wait for your Chinese counterpart to initiate the gesture.

When bowing to a superior, you should bow more deeply and allow him or her to rise first.

Recognize and greet the most senior or elderly person in a group first, and politely inquire about his or her health.

Do not pat people on the shoulder or initiate any physical contact because this is not appreciated.

The Chinese may communicate in closer proximity than is common in the United States or other countries.

Although women may cross their legs, men should keep their feet on the floor. Place your hands in your lap while sitting.

Smiling is not as noticeable among the Chinese since there is a strong emphasis on repressing emotion.

Avoid any behavior that seems aggressive or loud because decorum is important in all aspects of life.

Use your whole hand rather than your index finger to point at something.

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Tips

Casual inquiries about health or business are considered polite conversation

Chinese history and architecture is always a good topic

Food is very important, and they enjoy discussing their delicacies

Culture and the Chinese traditions

Music and the arts are excellent topics

5 Key Conversation or Cultural Gesture Taboos

Anything that could cause loss of face or embarrassment

Avoid mentioning the political situation in China

Avoid discussing Taiwan

Anything negative about their food or dining habits

Overly specific or detailed inquiries that may be considered intrusive

Bon Voyage!

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

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 customizedtraining programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Team building, and Time Management Training.

Gayle Cotton’s Website: www.gaylecotton.com

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

Gayle Cotton’s Video: Speaker preview for Gayle Cotton

Gayle Cotton’s Newsroom: Media Interviews

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

Circles Of Excellence Website: www.circlesofexcellence.com

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

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Enjoy the Chinese New Year – 2020 is the Year of the Rat!

Posted on January 30, 2020 by Leave a comment

Chinese New Year 2020!

The Chinese New Year of the Rat 2020 will be a year of new beginnings! New opportunities for finding true love and earning more money. The Rat is the first sign from the 12 animal cycles of the Chinese Astrology so 2020 is considered a year of new beginnings and renewals.

2020 will be a successful year! The Year of the Rat comes after the Year of the Pig (2019) and before the Year of the Ox (2021). The next year of the Rat won’t be until 2032.

There are 12 Animal Signs According to the 2020 Chinese horoscope. In 2020, the Lunar New Year starts on Saturday, January 25th and ends on February 11th, 2021.

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

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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Say Happy New Year in Languages from Around the World!

Posted on January 2, 2020 by Leave a comment

Say Happy New Year in Languages from Around the World!

Japan: Akimashite Omedetto Gozaimasu
Kabyle: Asegwas Amegaz
Kannada: Hosa Varushadha Shubhashayagalu
Kisii: SOMWAKA OMOYIA OMUYA
Khasi Snem Thymmai Basuk Iaphi
Khmer: Sua Sdei tfnam tmei
Korea: Saehae Bock Mani ba deu sei yo!
Kurdish: NEWROZ PIROZBE
Latvian Laimīgo Jauno Gadu!
Lithuanian: Laimingu Naujuju Metu
Laotian: Sabai dee pee mai
Macedonian Srekjna Nova Godina
Madagascar Tratry  ny  taona
Malay Selamat Tahun Baru
Marathi Nveen Varshachy Shubhechcha
Malayalam Puthuvatsara Aashamsakal
Mizo Kum Thar Chibai
Maltese Is-Sena t-Tajba
Nepal Nawa Barsha ko Shuvakamana
Norwegian Godt Nyttår
Oriya Nua Barshara Subhechha
Papua New Guinea Nupela yia i go long yu
Pampango (Philippines) Masaganang Bayung Banua
Pashto Nawai Kall Mo Mubarak Shah
Persian Sal -e- no mobarak
Philippines Manigong Bagong Taon!
Polish: Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
Portuguese Feliz Ano Novo
Punjabi Nave sal di mubarak
Romanian AN NOU FERICIT
Russian S Novim Godom
Samoa Manuia le Tausaga Fou
Serbo-Croatian Sretna nova godina
Sindhi Nayou Saal Mubbarak Hoje
Singhalese Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Siraiki Nawan Saal Shala Mubarak Theevay
Slovak Stastny Novy rok
Slovenian sreèno novo leto
Somali Iyo Sanad Cusub Oo Fiican!
Spanish Feliz Ano ~Nuevo
Swahili Heri Za Mwaka Mpyaº
Swedish GOTT NYTT ÅR! /Gott nytt år!
Sudanese Warsa Enggal
Tamil Eniya Puthandu Nalvazhthukkal
Tibetian Losar Tashi Delek
Telegu Noothana samvatsara shubhakankshalu
Thai Sawadee Pee Mai
Turkish Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian Shchastlyvoho Novoho Roku
Urdu Naya Saal Mubbarak Ho
Uzbek Yangi Yil Bilan
Vietnamese Chuc Mung Tan Nien
Welsh Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

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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 customizedtraining programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communication, Cultural Diversity, Customer Service, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Team building, and Time Management Training.

Gayle’s Website: www.gaylecotton.com

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

Gayle’s Video: Speaker preview for Gayle Cotton

Gayle’s Newsroom: Media Interviews

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

Circles Of Excellence Website: www.circlesofexcellence.com

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

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