Gayle Cotton’s Interview on ‘Cultural Tips for Global Etiquette’

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GOLDENROOM: Global Etiquette – Cultural Tips to Keep in Mind for Any Culture!                  
Cultural etiquette, politeness, and good manners are passed down through societies from generation to generation.
Etiquette refers to the cultural guidelines for what is appropriate or inappropriate and polite or impolite. It gives a culture structure, integrity, grace, and finesse—all of which are [...]

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Great BBC News Article! Culture shock: How to speak business anywhere

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This 7 page article is one of the best we’ve seen on how to overcome culture shock and communicate successfully in international business! It’s a ‘must read” for understanding global business challenges, and it offers valuable insight for those working in Asia, the Latin Countries, the US, the UK, as well as Germany, [...]

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Gayle Cotton’s Interview on ‘Cultural Tips for Global Etiquette’

Posted on October 25, 2014 by Leave a comment

GOLDENROOM: Global Etiquette - Cultural Tips to Keep in Mind for Any Culture! Globe-Gold-Flags                 

Cultural etiquette, politeness, and good manners are passed down through societies from generation to generation.

Etiquette refers to the cultural guidelines for what is appropriate or inappropriate and polite or impolite. It gives a culture structure, integrity, grace, and finesse—all of which are uniquely adapted from one culture to another. Fortunately, simple business and social etiquette are often based on basic common sense. Although etiquette styles and fads may come and go, the fundamentals of global etiquette remain essentially the same.

The following tips on what to do and what to avoid will help you engage in successful global business and social interactions. They will help to avoid embarrassing faux pas and guide you toward establishing quality relationships and friendships.

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Global Etiquette: Cultural Tips

http://goldenroom.co.uk/issue/october-2014/article/global-etiquette-cultural-tips-to-keep-in-mind-for-any-culture           

To learn more tips for intercultural communication and the communication and business styles of Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East – order Gayle’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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Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is the author of this article and of the bestselling book, SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book. She is President of Circles Of Excellence for Corporate Education, and a distinguished Professional Keynote Speaker. Contact Gayle to be a conference speaker for your events! She is a cross cultural expert that will entertain and inspire audiences of all sizes with her fresh, unique, and humorous approach to cross-cultural communication and social business etiquette. Gayle travels worldwide from business bases in Texas and Switzerland.

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 programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communications, Customer Service, Diversity, Leadership & Management, Presentation Skills, Sales & Negotiations, Stress Management, Team Building, and Time Management.

Contact Us for More Information

Website: www.circlesofexcellence.com

MEDIA: Newsroom Media Interviews

Gayle Cotton’s speaker website: www.gaylecotton.com

Gayle Cotton’s book website: SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere!

Soon on the: Circles Of Excellence blog

Cross-cultural article: Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for POLAND

Soon on: Gayle Cotton’s blog

Cross-cultural article: Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for SINGAPORE

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The Circles Of Excellence Media Page Has New Interviews and Publicity!

Posted on October 18, 2014 by Leave a comment

Enjoy the interviews and publicity on our Media Page at the following links:BBC News png

Media Page Link

http://www.circlesofexcellence.com/newsroom/media-interviews/

For future reference our Media Page is conveniently located under the Blog & News link on our website Home page.

Contact Us for More Information

Blog: www.circlesofexcellence.com/blog

Website: www.circlesofexcellence.com

Gayle Cotton’s book website: SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere!

Coming on the Circles Of Excellence blog:

Cross-cultural article: Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for SINGAPORE

Coming on Gayle Cotton’s blog

Cross-cultural article: Cultural Clues, Do’s & Taboos for POLAND

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

To learn more tips for intercultural communication and the communication and business styles of 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

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 book, SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book. She is President of Circles Of Excellence for Corporate Education, and a distinguished Professional Keynote Speaker. Contact Gayle to be a conference speaker for your events! She is a cross cultural expert that will entertain and inspire audiences of all sizes with her fresh, unique, and humorous approach to cross-cultural communication and social business etiquette. Gayle travels worldwide from business bases in Texas and Switzerland.

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 programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communications, Customer Service, Diversity, Leadership & Management, Presentation Skills, Sales & Negotiations, Stress Management, Team Building, and Time Management.

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Great BBC News Article! Culture shock: How to speak business anywhere

Posted on October 8, 2014 by 1 Comment

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This 7 page article is one of the best we’ve seen on how to overcome culture shock and communicate successfully in international business! It’s a ‘must read” for understanding global business challenges, and it offers valuable insight for those working in Asia, the Latin Countries, the US, the UK, as well as Germany, Scandinavia and the Netherlands. The article is a result of BBC interviews with Gayle Cotton, President of Circles Of Excellence, Denis LeClerc, professor of cross-cultural communication at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, and Erin Meyer, a professor at INSEAD business school in Fontainbleau, France. We congratulate Gayle for her part in creating this great article!

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Culture shock: How to speak business anywhere

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20141006-talk-shock-youre-doing-it-wrong

“An abrupt response to a simple telephone greeting changed the trajectory of Gayle Cotton’s career when Cotton began her career working at the UN…”

                                To learn more tips for intercultural communication and the communication and business styles of 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 

Create Rapport and Organize Strategies for Success

The CROSS of Cross-Cultural

Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is the author of this article and of the bestselling book, SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book. She is President of Circles Of Excellence for Corporate Education, and a distinguished Professional Keynote Speaker. Contact Gayle to be a conference speaker for your events! She is a cross cultural expert that will entertain and inspire audiences of all sizes with her fresh, unique, and humorous approach to cross-cultural communication and social business etiquette. Gayle travels worldwide from business bases in Texas and Switzerland.

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 programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communications, Customer Service, Diversity, Leadership & Management, Presentation Skills, Sales & Negotiations, Stress Management, Team Building, and Time Management.

Contact Us for More Information

Website: www.circlesofexcellence.com

MEDIA: Newsroom Media Interviews

Gayle Cotton’s speaker website: www.gaylecotton.com

Gayle Cotton’s book website: SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere!

Soon on the: Circles Of Excellence blog

Cross-cultural article: Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for SOUTH AFRICA

Soon on: Gayle Cotton’s blog

Cross-cultural article: Cultural Clues, Do’s & Taboos for POLAND

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Gayle Cotton’s Interview on ‘Cross-Cultural Business Communication’

Posted on September 27, 2014 by Comments are off

GOLDENROOM: The Importance of Cross-Cultural Business Communication Goldenroom             

Common cross-cultural issues for business people developing relationships with cultures different from their own

Not being proactive and adapting to different cultural business expectations. It’s all too easy to get off on the wrong foot and become reactive.

Not understanding how formality, hierarchy and timing can affect business. These things have a tremendous impact on negotiations and decision-making.

Being perceived as too aggressive or impatient in our business approach. Business often takes longer with different cultures and countries, so plan accordingly.

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Cross-Cultural Business Communication

http://goldenroom.co.uk/issue/september-2014/article/my-story-gayle-cotton-the-importance-of-cross-cultural-business-communications                     

To learn more tips for intercultural communication and the communication and business styles of Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East – order my bestselling book SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’ available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book

Create Rapport and Organize Strategies for Success

The CROSS of Cross-Cultural

Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is the author of this article and of the bestselling book, SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book. She is President of Circles Of Excellence for Corporate Education, and a distinguished Professional Keynote Speaker. Contact Gayle to be a conference speaker for your events! She is a cross cultural expert that will entertain and inspire audiences of all sizes with her fresh, unique, and humorous approach to cross-cultural communication and social business etiquette. Gayle travels worldwide from business bases in Texas and Switzerland.

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 programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communications, Customer Service, Diversity, Leadership & Management, Presentation Skills, Sales & Negotiations, Stress Management, Team Building, and Time Management.

Contact Us for More Information

Website: www.circlesofexcellence.com

MEDIA: Newsroom Media Interviews

Gayle Cotton’s speaker website: www.gaylecotton.com

Gayle Cotton’s book website: SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere!

Soon on the: Circles Of Excellence blog

Cross-cultural article: Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for SOUTH AFRICA

Soon on: Gayle Cotton’s blog

Cross-cultural article: Cultural Clues, Do’s & Taboos for THE PHILIPPINES

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Gayle Cotton’s Interview ‘Business Travel in AUSTRALIA’ on About.com

Posted on September 20, 2014 by Comments are off

ABOUT.COM: Business Travel Tips for AUSTRALIA    Australia Flag             

The interview on ‘Business Travel Tips for Australia’ is a brief snapshot of conversation guidelines for Australia, tips for communicating in Australia, and strategies for doing business with 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 tips for intercultural communication!

Interview Links:

Cultural Tips for Australia

http://businesstravel.about.com/od/resources/fl/Cultural-Tips-for-Doing-Business-in-Australia.htm 

To learn more about the Do’s & Taboos for Australia, doing business in Australia, and the communication and business styles of Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East – order my bestselling book SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’ available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book

Create Rapport and Organize Strategies for Success

The CROSS of Cross-Cultural

Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is the author of this article and of the bestselling book, SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book. She is President of Circles Of Excellence for Corporate Education, and a distinguished Professional Keynote Speaker. Contact Gayle to be a conference speaker for your events! She is a cross cultural expert that will entertain and inspire audiences of all sizes with her fresh, unique, and humorous approach to cross-cultural communication and social business etiquette. Gayle travels worldwide from business bases in Texas and Switzerland.

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 programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communications, Customer Service, Diversity, Leadership & Management, Presentation Skills, Sales & Negotiations, Stress Management, Team Building, and Time Management.

Contact Us for More Information

Website: www.circlesofexcellence.com

MEDIA: Newsroom Media Interviews

Gayle Cotton’s speaker website: www.gaylecotton.com

Gayle Cotton’s book website: SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere!

Soon on the: Circles Of Excellence blog

Cross-cultural article: Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for SOUTH AFRICA

Soon on: Gayle Cotton’s blog

Cross-cultural article: Cultural Clues, Do’s & Taboos for THE PHILIPPINES

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Gayle Cotton Has New Photos from Her Trip to Europe on Our Website!

Posted on September 13, 2014 by Comments are off

Photo Gallery – Work, Travel, and Fun! Euro 14-A beautiful day in Venice!

There are new pictures from Gayle Cotton’s recent trip to Venice, Rome, and Geneva in our photo gallery ‘Work, Travel, and Fun!’ Gayle was there to speak at some events in Europe and to promote her Audio BookSAY Anything to Anyone Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’,which is now available on Amazon. It looks as though she also had a great time enjoying the sites with her husband and friends!

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 programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communications, Customer Service, Diversity, Leadership & Management, Presentation Skills, Sales & Negotiations, Stress Management, Team Building, and Time Management!

Contact Us for More Information

Website: www.circlesofexcellence.com

MEDIA: Newsroom Media Interviews

Gayle Cotton’s speaker website: www.gaylecotton.com

Gayle Cotton’s book website:SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere!

Soon on the: Circles Of Excellence blog

Cross-cultural article: Cultural Clues, Do’s and TaboosforSOUTH AFRICA

Soon on: Gayle Cotton’s blog

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Gayle Cotton’s Interview ‘Business Travel in BRAZIL’ Is on About.com

Posted on September 6, 2014 by Comments are off

ABOUT.COM: Business Travel Tips for Brazil Brazil Flag                       

The interview on ‘Business Travel Tips for Brazil’ is a brief snapshot of conversation guidelines for Brazil, tips for communicating in Brazil, and strategies for doing business with Brazil to help with understanding the culture in Brazil. 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 tips for intercultural communication!

Interview Links:

Cultural Tips for Brazil

http://businesstravel.about.com/od/resources/fl/Cultural-Tips-for-Doing-Business-in-Brazil.htm?nl=1 

To learn more about the Do’s & Taboos for Brazil, doing business in Brazil, and the communication and business styles of Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East – order my bestselling book SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book

Create Rapport and Organize Strategies for Success

The CROSS of Cross-Cultural

Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is the author of this article and of the bestselling book, SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, available onAmazonas a Book, eBook, or Audio Book.She is President of Circles Of Excellence for Corporate Education, and a distinguished ProfessionalKeynote Speaker. Contact Gayle to be a conference speaker for your events! She is a cross cultural expert that will entertain and inspire audiences of all sizes with her fresh, unique, and humorous approach to cross-cultural communication and social business etiquette. Gayle travels worldwide from business bases in Texas and Switzerland.

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 programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communications, Customer Service, Diversity, Leadership & Management, Presentation Skills, Sales & Negotiations, Stress Management, Team Building, and Time Management.

Contact Us for More Information

Website: www.circlesofexcellence.com

MEDIA: Newsroom Media Interviews

Gayle Cotton’s speaker website: www.gaylecotton.com

Gayle Cotton’s book website: SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere!

Soon on the: Circles Of Excellence blog

Cross-cultural article: Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for SOUTH AFRICA

Soon on: Gayle Cotton’s blog

Cross-cultural article: Cultural Clues, Do’s & Taboos for THE PHILIPPINES

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Gayle Cotton Is on a Book Tour in Italy, England, France, and Switzerland!

Posted on August 9, 2014 by Comments are off

Gayle Cotton will be speaking in Europe throughout the month of August, and also taking a bit of well-deserved vacation time with family and friends.

Look for her articles and blog posts to begin again in September, and watch for pictures of her adventuress to be posted on all our social media!  DSC01518

BON VOYAGE GAYLE!

Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is the author of this blog and of the bestselling book, SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book. She is President of Circles Of Excellence for Corporate Education,and a distinguished ProfessionalKeynote Speaker. Contact Gayle to be a conference speaker for your events! She is a cross cultural expert that will entertain and inspire audiences of all sizes with her fresh, unique, and humorous approach to cross-cultural communication and social business etiquette. Gayle travels worldwide from business bases in Texas and Switzerland.

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 programs for Communication Skills, Cross-Cultural Communications, Customer Service, Diversity, Leadership & Management, Presentation Skills, Sales & Negotiations, Stress Management, Team Building, and Time Management.

Contact Us for More Information

Website: www.circlesofexcellence.com

MEDIA: Newsroom Media Interviews

Gayle Cotton’s speaker website: www.gaylecotton.com

Gayle Cotton’s book website: SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere!

Soon on the: Circles Of Excellence blog

Cross-cultural article: Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for SINGAPORE

Soon on: Gayle Cotton’s blog

Cross-cultural article:Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for PERU

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

Posted on August 2, 2014 by Comments are off

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

The article ‘Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for Singapore’ is a brief snapshot of conversation guidelines for Singapore, tips for communicating in Singapore, and strategies for doing business with Singapore to help with understanding the culture in Singapore. 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 tips for intercultural communication!

Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is the author of this article and of the bestselling book, SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book. She is President of Circles Of Excellence for Corporate Education, and a distinguished Professional Keynote Speaker. Contact Gayle to be a conference speaker for your events! She is a cross cultural expert that will entertain and inspire audiences of all sizes with her fresh, unique, and humorous approach to cross-cultural communication and social business etiquette. Gayle travels worldwide from business bases in Texas and Switzerland.

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

The points below also include some valuable business travel tips for Singapore.

When doing business in Singapore, punctuality is essential for business appointments. It is considered an insult to leave a Singaporean business executive waiting.

Occasionally, a Singaporean may prefer to arrive a few minutes late so as not to appear overly eager or anxious, especially if the person has been invited to an event in which food will be served.

The Singaporean business culture is intensely competitive and has an exceptionally strong work ethic. The group, rather than the individual, prevails and the oldest or most competent member usually assumes the leadership position.

Avoid publicly debating, correcting, or disagreeing with an older person or superior. The older person or superior will only “lose face”, and, consequently, you will lose the respect of others.

In Singapore, it’s considered perfectly acceptable to ask people questions about their weight, income, marital status, and related subjects. If this makes you uncomfortable, side-step these questions as graciously as possible so you don’t cause the questioner to “lose face”.

Speak in low, calm tones of voice, and avoid raising your voice or becoming overly emotional and showing anger.

Age and seniority are revered in this culture. If you are part of a delegation, ensure that the most important members are introduced first. If you are introducing two people, state the name of the most important individual first.

Business cards may be printed in English however, since a high proportion of Singaporean businesspeople are ethnic Chinese it will be an asset to have the reverse side of your card translated into Chinese.

Business cards should be exchanged with every business associate you encounter after the introductions. They are exchanged with both hands and held between the thumbs and forefingers. In some cases, this may be accompanied by a slight bow.

The recipient will accept the card with both hands, study it for a moment, make eye contact with you, and then carefully place it on a nearby table or in a card case or pocket. You should do the same when a card is presented to you. Business cards are handled with great respect because they represent a person’s identity. Never write on someone’s business card!

If you compliment a Singaporean, it is best that it is based on accomplishments rather than appearance which may be considered insincere.

Singaporean listening etiquette dictates that you count to 10 before responding. By waiting a minimum of 10 seconds, you will demonstrate that you have given careful consideration to what you heard before responding.

It is considered polite to break eye contact so that you do not seem to be staring or glaring at the other person.

With the exception of handshakes, there is no public contact between the sexes in Singapore. Hugging and kissing, even between husbands and wives, is strongly discouraged in public.

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

Singapore has many different cultures and religions. The Muslims and Hindus believe that the left hand is unclean. Consequently, eat only with your right hand, and avoid touching things with your left hand if you can use your right hand instead.

Many Indians and Malays believe that the head is the “seat of the soul”, so don’t touch anyone’s head or face, even if stroking the hair of a child.

Feet are also believed to be unclean, so don’t move or touch anything with your feet, and never cross your legs or feet so the sole of your shoe is pointing at someone.

Among Indians, rocking the head from side to side actually signals agreement, although Westerners may interpret this gesture as meaning, “no.”

The personal relationship you build in Singapore is often considered more important than the company you represent. A relationship with each group member is essential to conducting business. Your Singaporean counterparts must genuinely like, feel at ease with, and trust you.

Business agreements will likely require several trips over a period of months. Negotiations are conducted at a much slower pace than in the U.S. or many European countries.

5 Key Conversation Topics or Gesture Tips

  • Travel and the Arts, as the Singaporeans are typically well travelled and cultured
  • The modern economic advances and the architecture of Singapore
  • The variety of foods and the excellent cuisine
  • Your future plans, business success (without boasting), and personal interests
  • To beckon someone, hold your hand out, palm downward, and make a scooping motion with the fingers. Beckoning someone with the palm up and wagging one finger will be interpreted as an insult

5 Key Conversation Topics or Gesture Taboos

  • The personal life of another individual
  • Bureaucracy, politics, and religion
  • Legalities, crime, and punishment in Singapore. Spitting, smoking in public, chewing gum, and jaywalking are all offenses subject to fines
  • Standing tall with your hands on your hips is typically perceived as an angry, aggressive stance
  • It is considered rude to point at anyone with the forefinger. Instead, use your entire right hand

Bon Voyage!

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To learn more about the Do’s & Taboos for Singapore, doing business in Singapore, and the communication and business styles of Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East – order my 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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Cross-cultural article: Cultural Clues, Do’s and Taboos for SOUTH AFRICA

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What Do You Know About Chinese “Silver Pockets Full” In August 2014?

Posted on July 28, 2014 by Comments are off

Chinese Silver Pockets-CalFive Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in one month! While it’s a common myth that the ‘Chinese Silver Pockets Full’ happens only once every 823 years, it’s actually closer to every 11 years. The Chinese, and many Asian cultures, believe that this is a month to be grateful and appreciate the abundance you have while sharing what you have with others. This opens your pockets to receive more – thus the idea of pockets full of silver!

The first step to creating this abundant life is to first notice all the goodness that surrounds you every day. Abundance comes when you open yourself up to receive by being grateful, sharing, andhelping others. In doing so, you open the door to receive more.

The second step is to take direct action towards achieving your goals. Make productive, wise decisions in all that you do, and help those around you in the workplace or at home do the same. Take heed and “walk the talk” all you workplace managers!

The third step is to live a balanced life in harmony with everyone and everything around you.This is known as ‘Feng Shui’, the science of the movement, energy, and unseen forces in the environment. It is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, and is about harmonizing everyone with everything. It balances architecture and environment in metaphoric terms of invisible forces that bind the universe, earth, and man together. This impacts everything from the structure and design of cities, buildings, and surroundings, to our everyday decisions and choices!

This August, give the concepts of ‘Silver Pockets Full’ and ‘Feng Shui’ a try and let us know how it works for you!  After all – you have nothing to lose, and maybe a whole lot to gain!

Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is the author of this article and of the bestselling book, SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’, available on Amazon as a Book, eBook, or Audio Book. She is President of Circles Of Excellence for Corporate Education, and a distinguished ProfessionalKeynote Speaker. Contact Gayle to be a conference speaker for your events! She is a cross cultural expert that will entertain and inspire audiences of all sizes with her fresh, unique, and humorous approach to cross-cultural communication and social business etiquette. Gayle travels worldwide from business bases in Texas and Switzerland.

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