“LiveBIG” group coaching just launched

 

If  ‘living the life you have always wanted’ interests you, and you can’t tell me  that doesn’t include you(!)… then this is the group to join.

LiveBIG

I decided it was about time that the Sydney scene offered some talks that provided some valuable insight into how we can all lead more fulfilling lives.  So here they are!

If you’re interested in joining, click here.

Not only does LiveBIG consist of regular monthly talks, on lots of different personal development topics, membership is also absolutely free!

Now there’s value for you.

RW

Speech at “Infusion” multicultural business networking – 18 February 2009

Sandra Lie introducing Rebecca Wells

Sandra Lie introducing Rebecca Wells

When working with people from different cultures you will invariably come across some differences in how they communicate. I firmly believe that the most effective people are those who can adapt to their changing circumstances and be flexible enough to adjust their communication styles to suit their counterparts.

But what does that really mean? To be an effective communicator means building rapport with the person you are communicating with. So you need to look out for how they express themselves: are they loud or vocal? Do they gesture a lot? Perhaps they avoid making direct eye contact? Or maybe they enjoy a wide area of personal space.

When adding in a dimension of culture, it complicates communication further. Some nationalities are naturally very expressive, possibly opinionated and may be perceived as ‘brash’ or ‘arrogant’, whilst people from other cultures can be more subtle in how they put forward their ideas, gesture very little and spend far more time listening than they do talking.  The former may misread this style as lacking confidence, passion or interest in the topic under discussion.

On Wednesday I spoke about this subject at “Infusion“, a fantastic business networking group in Sydney organised by Sandra Lie and sponsored by Zaabiz.

Its membership is comprised of business owners, leaders and individuals from multicultural backgrounds. Some are looking to do business overseas whilst others have cross-cultural leadership or team challenges that they regularly face. Michael Brecht, who runs Zaabiz (the sponsor of “Infusion”) posted an interesting blog entry himself on the event.

Rebecca Wells, Sandra Lie, Michael Brecht

Rebecca Wells, Sandra Lie, Michael Brecht

Visit our website to read more about the event or to view other articles I have written on the subject of effective cross-cultural communication.

RW

FREE Masterclass – Effective Cross Cultural Communication, 3rd December 2008

We run a series of Masterclasses in Sydney CBD for organisations employing skilled migrants or those operating in cross-cultural environments.

In December we are running one Masterclass in our series for FREE. Find out more:

Date: 3rd December 2008, AMP Tower Sydney.

Who is attending? HR managers, managers and staff working in cross-cultural environments.

Objective: To raise awareness of the values, communication styles and motivators natural to different national cultures and to provide insight into how effective cross-cultural understanding can improve cohesion and productivity throughout your organisation.

Content includes: We will explore and range of topics, their impact on business and how to better manage across these variables:

– Understanding various approaches to ‘time’ and its impact on objective-setting

– Raising awareness of different styles of communication and emotional preferences

– How to improve communication and negotiation across cultures

– Negotiating contracts cross-culturally

– How to recognise and tap into different peoples’ motivational drivers

 

For further details or to reserve a seat please contact us.

(Please note: this Masterclass will be run at a later date as a webinar for interstate and international clients).

FREE Masterclass – Engage and Retain Expatriate Talent, 19 November 2008

We run a series of Masterclasses in Sydney CBD for organisations employing skilled migrants or those operating in cross-cultural environments.

In November we are running one Masterclass in our series for FREE. Find out more:

Date: 19th November 2008, AMP Tower Sydney.

Who is attending? HR managers and directors

Objective: To assist understanding of how HR can improve stability and retention of expatriate personnel.

 Content includes:

– Statistics on current skilled migrant attrition rates

– How to develop an effective expatriate talent management strategy – one size does not fit all

– The importance of pre-departure cross-cultural training for expats and spouses

– How to set clear expectations and assignment objectives

– The importance of dual-reviews by host and home countries

– How to support expat families

For further details or to reserve a seat please contact us.

(Please note: this Masterclass will be run at a later date as a webinar for interstate and international clients).

Working Holiday & Recruitment EXPO – 30 and 31 October 2008

The Working Holiday & Recruitment EXPO is in its 8th year. If you are an Australian organisation looking for temporary workers visit the official website here.