Gayle’s Story: 3 Strikes! Awareness Is the First Step…

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30-90 Minutes (Customization and Virtual Presentations are available)

Gayle Cotton’s Story! Keynote speaker topic on cross cultural communication, international business, body language, business etiquette, and effective communication.

Gayle began her career working as a Corporate Trainer for multi-national companies and organizations in Switzerland. She was an expert in Cross-Cultural Education, but she quickly discovered that she had 3 strikes against her. She was American, female, and blonde! And after all… what do Americans know about different cultures? Being female, she also found out that the ‘Dumb Blonde Jokes’ were global! Nevertheless, Gayle adapted and became very successful working internationally. Later in the nineties, she incorporated Circles Of Excellence Inc. in Dallas TX. Recently married to a Frenchman, she used her married name, Gayle Cotton-Delpierre. That name wasn’t easy to pronounce, so she rapidly became known as Gayle Cotton Del Prairie! Adapting once again, Gayle decided to use ‘Cotton’ as her professional name which she found worked well. Gayle’s story is inspirational, full of humor, humility, and hope for anyone living or working in different cultures.

How Many Strikes Are Against You? Awareness Is the First step!
Becoming the Librarian: Adapting for Where You Are
Understanding the Cultural Layer Cake: How Many Layers Are in Your Cake?
Going Beyond the Strikes: Question to Ask
Adapting Your Style: Success Leaves Clues!

Gayle's Story

Contact keynote speaker and international business expert, Gayle Cotton, to speak at your conference on the topic “3 Strikes! Awareness is the First Step…” which focuses on effective communication, interpersonal communication, body language, cross-cultural communication, cultural diversity, and intercultural communication!

Need a topic customized for a special event or venue? Just ask!

Gayle offers onsite or virtual workshops, presentations, and executive leadership coaching for any of her keynote speaker topics! Her office setting is very professional, and she has high-quality equipment to broadcast her virtual presentations.

Contract her to discuss the options. She is happy to customize a presentation specifically for your company, conference, or meeting venue!


Gayle Cotton is a National Emmy Award Winner and the author of the Bestselling Book, ‘SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’. She is President of Circles Of Excellence Inc., and a distinguished keynote speaker and executive coach. She has presented for the United Nations, World Governments, and more than 50 Fortune 500 companies around the world. She has been featured on numerous TV shows including NBC News, BBC News, Good Morning America, PM Magazine, Pacific Report, and PBS. Gayle has the distinction of being the first American accepted as a member in the ‘European Association of Marketing and Sales Experts’, and is a Certified Expert in the ‘Executive Foundation for International Communication’. She is a Faculty Resource for Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).

Gayle Cotton
An internationally recognized authority on Cultural Science
An internationally recognized authority on Cultural Science, Gayle educates, entertains, and inspires audiences with her fresh and unique approach. Giving new meaning to the concept of creativity and productivity, she is on the leading edge of business communication. She has won the respect of World Leaders, Ambassadors, and Executives around the world that turn to her for her expertise on global cultures and international business. Her vast experience living and working abroad has made her a ‘first choice’ request for international audiences!
Gayle educates, entertains, and…
Gayle travels world-wide from business bases in Dallas, Texas and Switzerland. She is happy to customize any of her topics on Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural Communication, Diversity Training, Effective Communication, Intercultural Communication, International business, Interpersonal Communication, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Public Speaking, Sales Strategies, Stress Management, Team Building, Time Management, and Win-Win Negotiations. One of the best motivational speakers and keynote speakers, she’s also an executive business coach for public speakers. Contact Gayle to speak at your event or conference!

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