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Emmy Award Winner & International Keynote Speaker, Gayle Cotton launches her own website!

Posted on June 30, 2010 by Comments are off

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Dallas TX, June 30 2010

Emmy Award Winner & International Keynote Speaker, Gayle Cotton launches her own website!

Emmy Award Winner, Gayle Cotton, is a distinguished and highly sought after Professional Keynote Speaker. She presents for international companies around the world on every continent. 

“Gayle did a great job for us working with one of our global clients. She achieved extremely high ratings and there is no doubt Gayle would go above and beyond for a client.”

Richard Sear
VP Career Best Practices
Frost & Sullivan

Gayle educates, entertains and inspires audiences with her fresh, unique and humorous approach to communications and other topics. Giving new meaning to creativity and productivity, she is on the leading edge of Multi-Cultural Business. Her vast experience living and working abroad has made her a ‘first choice’ request for international audiences around the world.

She has been a TV guest on Good Morning America, PM Magazine, PM Northwest, Pacific Report and more.

Gayle is a long time favorite speaker for:

Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) 

World Presidents’ Organization (WPO)

Chief Executives’ Organization (CEO) 

Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) 

 Gayle is President of Circles Of Excellence for Corporate Training & Executive Coaching. She is an internationally recognized authority on Cultural Science, and author of the book, ‘5 Keys To Successful Cross-Cultural Business Communications’, now available as a DVD series. She is a Certified Expert with ‘The Executive Foundation for International Communication’, and was the first American to become a member of ‘European Marketing and Sales Experts’. 

Gayle is happy to customize a topic for any event or conference theme.  Just ask! 972-370-1300

Gayle travels from business bases in Dallas, TX and Geneva, Switzerland  

Please contact Gayle if you are looking for great professional keynote speakers, professional public speakers, professional motivational speakers, female speakers, diversity speakers, international speakers, conference speakers, women motivational speakers or any other type of keynote professional. Professional Keynote Speaker, Gayle Cotton is an Emmy Award Winner!


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Cross Cultural Articles, Cultural Clues, Cultural Tips: Gayle Cotton

Posted on June 15, 2010 by Comments are off

The Latest!

Cultural Clues… Do’s & Taboos

A series of cultural tips for countries from A to Z

Communication Guidelines for Chili

Chileans are a very patriotic people and will likely take offense at negative comments of any kind directed at their country.

It’s a mistake to compare Chile to Argentina because there has been a great deal of conflict between them.

In conversation, try to deflect attention from yourself. The best strategy is to display a genuine interest in others.

Initially, focus on questions related to the Chilean’s interests such as sports, travel or culture rather than on personal questions.

Chileans perceive interruptions as a way of participating in conversations, and displaying interest in what is being said. If you are interrupted, there is no need to take offense.

Remember that Chileans tend to have an inherent sense of courtesy that sometimes causes them to say what they think they want you to hear, rather than give a candid response.

Personal honor is very important to Latin American businesspeople. Refrain from publicly criticizing or patronizing others, or doing anything else that might create embarrassment.

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

Note that as friendships develop and solidify, handshakes are often followed by enthusiastic kissing, hugging and back patting. When you are in these situations, follow the lead of your Chilean counterparts as they may take offense if you pull away.

If you need to point, use the index finger. Pointing at other people, however, is often considered rude.

Chili can be a somewhat formal country. Third party introductions, through institutions such as banks and consulting firms, are often a necessary prelude to conducting business in Chile.

Chilean business culture has a definite hierarchical order, and you will be expected to defer to the most senior person present. Observe the “chain of command”.

Welcome Topics of Conversation

  •  The positive aspects of Chilean history and current economy.
  •  Sports are an excellent topic. Popular sports include skiing and fishing.
  •  Chilean culture, art and literature are excellent topics. Learn something about this in advance of your visit.
  •  Chili’s beautiful geography, landscape, lakes and vineyards.
  •  Inquiries about family, especially children (but don’t probe)
  •  Food and wine are always good topics. Chili has marvelous wine, and is very proud of it and the industry it has created.

Conversation to Avoid

  • Don’t Criticize any aspect of Chili, even if your Chilean companions make these kinds of remarks
  • It’s best not to mention the countries surrounding Chile – Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru. There is a lot of competition between them
  • Don’t discuss human rights violations and the Araucanian Indians.
  • Any discussion around ethnic and social classes or religion.
  • Avoid bring up wars and politics involving Chili.

 Bon Voyage!

Join us in the future for China! US: 972-370-1300 

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CIRCLES OF EXCELLENCE wishes everyone in the U.S. a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Posted on June 15, 2010 by Comments are off

Watch for new Articles and News to begin again on our Blog July 15th.


International Keynote Speaker, Gayle Cotton meets Sir Charles Edward Maurice Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer

Posted on June 15, 2010 by Comments are off

Dallas TX, June 15, 2010 – Gayle Cotton meets Charles Edward Maurice Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer

Take a look at more photos of Gayle Cotton as she travels around the world in our Photo Gallery


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