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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).

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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