Gayle Cotton
Gayle Cotton, BS, MS

Texas, United States

Gayle Cotton, BS, MS

Texas, United States

"EMMY AWARD WINNER and Bestselling Author, Gayle Cotton helps businesses with proper global business etiquette and implementing best practices for international business communication."

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  • International Business
  • Communication
  • Diversity
  • Presentation Skills
  • Travel/Tourism

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  • Communication
  • Corporate
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About Gayle Cotton

 Gayle Cotton is a National Emmy Award Winner and a cross-cultural communication expert. She helps businesses with proper global business etiquette and implementing best practices for international business, communication, leadership, negotiations, presentation skills, and teambuilding. Gayle will share her etiquette and rapport secrets to help them communicate successfully anywhere in the world. She will show them how to be proactive not reactive in their business and interpersonal relationships. You don't have to leave home to interact multiculturally, so if you need a dynamic speaker to help you avoid those embarrassing cultural faux pas - Contact Gayle! Her vast experience living and working abroad has made her a 'first choice' request for all audiences!

Gayle is President of Circles Of Excellence for Corporate Education and the author of the bestselling book, 'SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication'. A distinguished keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and executive coach, she has worked with the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the U.S. government, and more than 50 Fortune 500 companies. She has been featured on BBC News, NBC News, Good Morning America, PM Magazine, Pacific Report, and PBS. She has the distinction of being the first American accepted in the 'European Association of Marketing and Sales Experts', and is a Certified Expert in the 'Executive Foundation for International Communication'. She is a professional speaker, trainer, and executive coach for Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), World Presidents' Organization (WPO), Chief Executives Organization (CEO), and Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO).

An internationally recognized authority on Communication and Cultural Science, Gayle educates, entertains, and inspires audiences with her fresh and unique approach to bridging the cultural gap! 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.

Gayle travels world-wide presenting on the following topics: Cross-Cultural Communication, Customer Service, Diversity, Interpersonal Communication, Management and Leadership, Presentation Skills, Sales Negotiations, Stress Management, Teambuilding, and Time Management. Her most requested topics are certified by the Convention Industry Council (CIC) for continuing education hours (CEs) credit for Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

Highlights

  • National Emmy Award Winner
  • Author of the bestselling book, 'SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere!'
  • President of Circles Of Excellence Inc.
  • First American accepted in the organization of 'European Marketing and Sales Experts'
  • Certified Expert in the 'Executive Foundation for International Communication'
  • Professional Speaker with the National Speakers Association and Global Speakers Federation
  • Certified Executive Coach with the International Coach Foundation

Gayle's Most Requested Topics

  • SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Global Business Etiquette: 'Cultural Clues, Do's & Taboos'!
  • Interpersonal Communications: Is What You Say What You Mean?
  • The Art of Successful Presentation Skills: It's Beyond Words...
  • Time Mastery & Stress Management: 1440 Minutes - Use It or Lose It!
  • Gayle's Story: 3 Strikes! International Business Women Abroad

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

What Audiences Say About Gayle

"Gayle Cotton is an enthusiastic speaker who readily engages her audience by incorporating real-world examples and personal anecdotes. Her interactive style commands the attention of all, which generates participation from the masses!" Misty Helm, Meeting Professionals International (MPI)

"I want to thank Gayle for her outstanding presentation, 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication. I know I learned some new things!" ‚Yvonne Ammerman, SVP SHELL OIL, Houston, TX

"There is no doubt that Gayle would go above and beyond for a client." Richard Sear, VP Career Best Practices, FROST & SULLIVAN

"My experience with Gayle Cotton has been outstanding! I find her to be an excellence speaker, as well as a true partner in ensuring we get the result we expect." Timothy Danks, Executive Director, Managed Services, HUAWEI

"You have been a 'highlight' for our whole meeting. Your Interpersonal Communication Skills presentation received an excellent rating!" Jorg Frese, Education Chairman, YOUNG PRESIDENTS' ORGANIZATION (YPO), Frankfurt, Germany

"Your presentation 'Understanding Your Customer' was absolutely outstanding! We all enjoyed your original approach to communications." R. Von Buren, Managing Director, IFF - INTERNATIONAL FRAGRANCE AND FLAVORS, Geneva, Switzerland

"Our 'Top Producers' at the "Best of Vest Fest" conference were both entertained and enlightened. Your excellent program led to improved communications and increased production." LouAnn Colosmo, Educational Specialist, HD VEST FINANCIAL, Irving TX

"All expectations were exceeded! Gayle Cotton received very positive feedback as a presenter both from the material represented & her own personal performance." Glen Goudeau, General Director, LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES, Matamoros, Mexico

"Wow! What an excellent program you presented. You created an awareness to communicate effectively and confidently." Jill Smith, VP, Employee Development, MARY KAY, Dallas TX

"Gayle is a great speaker and knows her stuff! She is very professional and an excellent presenter." Jessica Cohen, Human Resources, CURTIS-WRIGHT

"I had the opportunity to be part of the YPO Florence University this month. I wanted to let you know that Jackie and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to you speak!" Timothy Danis, Member, YOUNG PRESIDENTS' ORGANIZATION (YPO), Chicago Illinois

"Both your presentation on 'The Art & Science of Public Speaking', and the one-on-one coaching sessions you did for our members were extremely well received!" Aman Merchant, Education Chairman, ENTREPRENEURS' ORGANIZATION (EO), Dubai, UAE

"Gayle received high ratings from those who attended 'The Art of Presentation Skills'. Her upbeat attitude and ability to customize was a plus to her presentation material and skills." T. Michael Riggs, Education Chairman, YOUNG PRESIDENTS' ORGANIZATION(YPO), Joplin M

"This presentation was an enriching and empowering experience for me. I feel that many of the techniques demonstrated will help me to change and improve my communications both within my personal and professional life." Patricia Brice, Health Consultant, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, Geneva, Switzerland

"The El Salvador YPO Chapter felt privileged to have had the opportunity to learn from your Public Speaking workshop, and have mentioned how useful it will be for their development." Eduardo Freund, Education Chairman, YOUNG PRESIDENTS' ORGANIZATION (YPO), San Salvador, El Salvador

"I was impressed at your ability to capture the attention of such a demanding audience. Both the Interpersonal Communications and the Stress Management provided valuable insight." Gabriel Olivera, Education Chairman, YOUNG PRESIDENTS' ORGANIZATION (YPO), San Juan, Puerto Rico

"Our 250 students, faculty, and special guests were fortunate to have spent their morning with you. Your energy, presence, knowledge, charm, and sense of humor are exceptional!" Beverly Campbell, Director of Campus Arts, NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY, Cedar Hill TX

"Our International Market Representatives were very enthusiastic and most complimentary about the material covered and your delivery of the information." Chuck Earhart, HR Quality Manager, JC PENNEY HEADQUARTERS, Plano TX

"This Cross-Cultural Communication presentation was exceptionally well received, and definitely moved our Asia / U.S. team forward in our ability to better communicate." Chuck Harm, Director Asia/Pacific Operations, LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES, Hong Kong, China

"We acknowledge your considerable personal skill in presenting such an important subject as global sales to our completely international sales force." Otto Hoffman, Country Director, WORLDCOM, Geneva, Switzerland

"The Effective Management presentation for YPO was a resounding success! They also agreed that the course was a great learning experience." Susy Thurer, Managing Director, YOUNG PRESIDENTS' ORGANIZATION (YPO), Europe / Middle East / Africa

"This Marketing Management presentation was extremely well received due to the excellent presentation, as well as the realistic and practical approach of Gayle Cotton." Erika Manser, Training Manager, DOW CHEMICAL, Horgen, Switzerlan

"I was thrilled with the surveys done at the end of this Teambuilding! The managers who had said, 'they were too busy for the seminar', all had very positive feedback, and said they were interested in attending an advanced training!" Michelle Fontaninni, Quality Assurance Team Lead, ORACLE, Plano TX

"I was delighted to attend your Management and Presentation Skills presentations. It was a real pleasure for me to share your powerful know-how with other colleagues of Hilton Intl. This application of communication is indeed fascinating!" Anna Scwarzhapple, Training Manager, HILTON INTERNATIONAL, Geneva, Switzerland

"Gayle's presentations have pleasantly exceeded our expectations. The best Management Skills presented in my 22 years of corporate training. She shows the 'excellence' in Circles of Excellence." Glenn Willmot, Technical Service Training Coordinator, MARCONI, Irving TX

"The participants were overwhelmed! More important was the effect of your presentation on the participants, a fact which I personally confirmed." J. Arbela Fitzpatrick, President, MALTA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, Valletta, Malta

"I would highly recommend your services to any prospective client. The Stress Management techniques you demonstrated for us have been very helpful." Barbara Lang, Operations Manager, ABB, Irving TX

"Your presentation on Stress Management was highly praised by all the attendees. Thelessons learned should significantly impact any organization's productivity and efficiency." Jim McNair, Quality and Industrial Engineering Manager, FUJITSU NETWORK SYSTEMS, Plano TX

"Your presentations were well prepared, informative, and customized to our requirements which added tremendously to the value! They have increased our effectiveness to communicate and sell overseas." John Buaas, Global Sales Manager, EDS, Plano TX

"I would like to express my appreciation for the high quality workshops you provided my expatriate families through your Cross-Cultural Seminars." Dana Walden, International HR Consultant, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, Dallas TX

"Thank you for the terrific job you have done with our Technical Competence Instructional Staff. Over the last three years, you have delivered a much needed service, and maintained your high level of quality and commitment to excellence." John Aguilar, Technical Training Manager, ERICSSON, Richardson TX

"This Team Building Workshop was definitely a very fruitful and pleasant experience. I want to thank you for your inspired and knowledgeable approach." Marcel Claes, VP & Country Manager, BANK of AMERICA, Zurich, Switzerland

"Your professional, thorough, and proven expertise has brought about a significant and noticeable improvement in the management skills and leadership abilities of the senior managers you were asked to work with." Timothy Heup, SVP Human Resources, FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK OF DALLAS, Irving TX

"The Customer Care and Presentation Skills Workshops provided by Gayle really fit the bill for our training needs! The ratings attest to your skillful facilitative techniques in meeting our expectations." Michael Chopp, Market Introduction Manager, ERICSSON, Richardson TX

"The seminar you presented on Japan was timely, informative, and extremely useful." Patrick Coffee, Vice President Global Trust, JP MORGAN CHASE, Houston TX

"Thanks again for your energetic spirit, putting everyone at ease, and teaching new scientific methods of Stress Management." Jaye Largent, Training Coordinator, FUJITSU, Dallas TX

"Gayle was flexible enough to handle the various and unique needs of our organization. Her workshops were very professional, and she was experienced in handling difficult situations." Michelle Larson, HR Business Partner, SYNGENTA SEEDS INC, Minneapolis MN

"Thank you for your excellent presentation 'Creativity and the Arts in the Classroom' for elementary school teachers. Convincing teachers to consider the way they approach each and every child will make for better classrooms throughout the Dallas school system." Beverly Campbell, Director of Campus Arts, NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY, Cedar Hill TX

"In this Public Speaking workshop you succeeded in addressing the individual needs, while providing the techniques and confidence to prepare for public speaking in the future." Finola Marras, Personnel Manager, ICA - INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE ALLIANCE, Geneva, Switzerland

"I want to say a very special thank you for your assistance in improving my public speaking skills. Last week I was awarded a lifetime achievement award by Floor Covering News magazine. I could not have done that without your coaching!" Don Finkell, President, SHAW HARDWOOD FLOORS, Clinton SC



Program Information

SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication

This lively and interactive topic is based on Gayle Cotton's Bestselling Book, 'SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication'. Differences are the spice of life! But cultural differences can also be the source of embarrassing blunders and miscommunication in the workplace, and for business and social travelers alike. We must manage preexisting cultural expectations, understand cultural sensitivities, avoid conflict, and sidestep offending someone due to cultural differences -- albeit unintentional. The strength of any multicultural relationship depends entirely on the ability to effectively communicate, and to build trust and rapport in person, on the phone, and by email. To do this, we need to understand how words, tonality, and body language vary with every culture.This presentation will increase your self-awareness, help you adapt your style, and enable you to be proactive in multi-cultural relationships. Its Gayle's most requested topic, and has lots of humor and take-home value!

  • Key One: Create Proactive Communication and Avoid Reactive Communication
  • Key Two: Rapport Secrets to Bridge the Cultural Gap
  • Key Three: Organize Productive Interactions
  • Key Four: Strategies for Relationships
  • Key Five: Success Leaves Clues... Do's & Taboos
educational / informative audience activity humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

Global Business Etiquette: Cultural Clues, Do's & Taboos

Explore the 'Cultural Clues' for developing successful relationships in today's global business and social environment. Avoid those all too embarrassing 'Faux Pas', and learn to bridge the cultural gap in any culture. Understand the 'Do's &Taboos' for Europe, Asia/ Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East. This is a lively, interactive presentation that will take you on a brief journey around the world to learn what everyone needs to know about 'Global Business Etiquette'. Gayle highlights examples and blunders that often border on hilarity. The topic has tremendous take-home value, so have fun and enjoy the trip!

  • Multi-Cultural Communication: Is What You Say What You Mean?
  • Email Etiquette: How 'Intimate' Is Your Email?"
  • Cultural Clues: 'Do's & Taboos' for Global Business Etiquette
  • Paradoxes of the English Language: How Can a Wise Guy and a Wise Man be Opposites?
  • Cultural Bloopers! The Humorous 'Faux Pas'
educational / informative audience activity humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

Improving Interpersonal Communications: Is What You Say What You Mean?

Take a look at the comical challenges we all have with the words we use in our interpersonal communications. Add a littletonality and body language, and it's no wonder we have communication mishaps!  "The meaning of your communication is evident by the response you get." Learn the necessary 'people-reading'skills to become pro-active rather than reactive in the communication process. Maximize effective communication and minimize miscommunication. This lively, interactive topic creates the 'open channels' necessary to improve communication in person, on the phone, and by email. Learn the'rapport secrets' to enable you to establish morecomfortable and productive business or personal relationships. Gayle's insightful and energetic approach will help you improve your communication in all facets of your life. 

  • Improve Your Interpersonal Communications: Use Effective Words, Tonality and Body Language
  • Become a 'People-Reader': Be Pro-active Not Reactive in Your Communication
  • Rapport Secrets... Create Comfortable, Productive Business and Personal Relationships
educational / informative audience activity humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

The Art of Successful Presentation Skills: It's Beyond Words!

Could you use a littlepolishin your presentation or a littlefinesse in your style? Whether you make presentations for meetings, small groups, or from a podium for multitudes, this interactive topic is designed for you. Making successful presentations is an art,and one that's not easily achieved! Excellent presentations are 90% preparation and 10% presentation. Learn to create the most effective type of presentation for your audience. Incorporate some high-level tips to enhance your audience rapport, including with multi-cultural audiences. Prepare effective openings, transitions, and closings. Develop the necessary skills for delivery with visuals. Last, but not least, enhance your physical presentation style with your voice dynamics and body language. This topic has lots of interaction for great take-home value!

  • Confidently Create Audience Rapport: With Audiences of Any Size and Type... Including Multi-Cultural Audiences
  • Prepare Better Presentations: Use Creative Visualization Techniques, and have Effective Openings, Transitions, and Closing
  • Enhance Your Physical Presentation Style: Overcome Fear, Breathe Properly, and Use Effective Tonality, Inflection, Gestures, and Body Language
educational / informative audience activity humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

Time Mastery & Stress Management: 1440 Minutes - Use It or Lose It!

Time is like a bank, but who manages the 'Time Bank'? Is it you, or is it time? Everyone gets the same 60 seconds a minute, 60 minutes an hour, 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year. Every morning we are credited with 480 minutes in an 8-hour work day, and 1,440 minutes every 24 hours. Each night what we don't invest in good purpose is written off as a loss! How can we hope to gain effectiveness in managing ourselves and our precious credit of daily minutes?  Time Mastery & Stress Management will help you better understand your habits of self-management, and develop strategies to maximize time and minimize stress. This lively, interactive topic can make the difference between being in the red or the black of the time bank... and your health. . Are you 'in time', 'on time,' or 'out of time'?

  • Awareness Is the First Step: Who Is Robbing Your Time Bank?
  • Time Mastery: Are You the Master of Time, or Is Time the Master of You?
  • Develop Strategies: To Organize, Plan, Minimize, and Eliminate
  • Stress Management: Maximize Healthy Stress and Minimize Unhealthy Stress
  • Top 20 Tips: For Time Mastery and Stress Management
educational / informative audience activity humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

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

In the early nineties, 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!
educational / informative audience activity humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

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Gayle Cotton is an enthusiastic speaker who readily engages her audience by incorporating real-world examples and personal anecdotes. Her interactive style commands the attention of all, which generates participation from the masses.

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M.H., Manager, Professional Development, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) (Verified @mpiweb.org)

"I met Gayle when she spoke on Effective Cross-Cultural Communication at an Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) conference in Marrakech. Her book and presentations are indispensable to anyone who interacts with different cultures - which is everyone!"

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J.L.W., CEO, Gung-Ho Company (Verified @gung-ho.com)

"Gayle enlightens us as to the many visible, and more often invisible, aspects to interactions and communications between team members operating with very different mindsets and within greatly different paradigms.

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M.D., Chief Financial Officer, The Ecom Group (Verified @ecomtrading.com)

I have worked with Gayle and Circles of Excellence on several occasions over the years in both local and global capacities leveraging their expertise to improve interpersonal communication within my business.

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T.D., Executive Director, Assurance and Managed Services, Huawei Technologies USA (Verified @huawei.com)

Gayle's seminars and teachings have had great impact in all students, faculty and administrative staff who have attended in our University.

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R.P., Professor, University of Puerto Rico (Verified @ece.uprm.edu)

Cultural issues in international business are a critical success factor. Few possess the understanding and grasp of the issue better than Gayle.

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M.R., Partner, Foreign Legal Consultant, DLA Piper (Verified @dlapiper.com)

With the world becoming ever more connected, Gayle's understanding of cultural differences has never been more important to our personal and business success.

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R.B., Senior Vice President, PepsiCo Global Operations (Verified @aol.com)

"There is no doubt that Gayle would go above and beyond for a client"

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R.S., VP Career Best Practices,, Frost & Sullivan (Not Verified)

Gayle's energy and upbeat personality make working with her a great experience.

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S.F., Director, Training Business Process Outsourcing, General Physics (Not Verified)

Wow! What an excellent program you presented. You created an awareness to communicate effectively and confidently.

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J.S.T., Manager, Employee Development, MARY KAY CORPORATION (Not Verified)

I want to thank Gayle for her outstanding presentation. I know I learned something!

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Y.A., Senior Vice President, Finance, SHELL OIL (Not Verified)

You have been a highlight for our whole meeting. Your Interpersonal Communication Skills seminar received an excellent rating!

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J.F., Education Chairman, YOUNG PRESIDENTS ORGANIZATION (YPO), Frankfurt, Germany (Not Verified)

All expectations were exceeded! Gayle received very positive feedback both from the material represented and her own personal performance.

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G.G., General Director, ALCATEL LUCENT, Matamoros, Mexico (Not Verified)

Our 'Top Producers' at the 'Best Of Vest Fest' were both entertained and enlightened! Your excellent program led to improved communication and increased production.

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L.C., Educational Conference Specialist, HD VEST / WELLS FARGO (Not Verified)

The participants were overwhelmed! More important was the effect of your seminar on the participants, a fact which I personally confirmed.

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J.A.F., President, MALTA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, Valletta, Malta (Not Verified)

Gayle received high ratings from those who attended 'The Art Of Presentation Skills' Her upbeat attitude and ability to customize was a plus to her presentation material and skills.

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T.M.R., Education Chairman, YOUNG PRESIDENTS ORGANIZATION (YPO), Joplin MI (Not Verified)

This seminar was an enriching and empowering experience for me. I feel that many of the techniques demonstrated will help me to change and improve my communications both within my personal and professional life.

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P.B., Health Consultant, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, Geneva, Switzerland (Not Verified)

Both your presentation on 'The Art & Science of Public Speaking', and the one-on-one coaching sessions you did for our members were extremely well received.

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A.M., Education Chairman, ENTREPRENEURS ORGANIZATION (EO), Dubai, UAE (Not Verified)

Your presentation 'Understanding Your Customer' was absolutely outstanding! We all enjoyed your original approach to communications.

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R.V.B., Managing Director, IFF-INTERNATIONAL FRAGRANCE AND FLAVORS, Geneva, Switzerland (Not Verified)

Unusual - Unorthodox! An experience of cultural techniques I've never known before. One of the best keynotes I've attended.

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L.N., Senior Vice President, Securities Sales, CITICORP BANK, Zurich, Switzerland (Not Verified)

The El Salvador YPO Chapter felt privileged to have had the opportunity to learn from your Public Speaking seminar, and have mentioned how useful it will be for their development.

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E.F., Education Chairman, YOUNG PRESIDENTS ORGANIZATION (YPO), San Salvador, El Salvador (Not Verified)

This Cross-Cultural Communication Workshop was exceptionally well received, and definitely moved our Asia / U.S. team forward in our ability to better communicate.

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C.H., Director Asia/Pacific Operations, ALCATEL LUCENT (Not Verified)

The implementation of Gayle's presentations have pleasantly exceeded our expectations. She shows the excellence in Circles of Excellence.

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G.W., Technical Service Training Coordinator, MARCONI (Not Verified)

Our 250 students, faculty, and special guests were fortunate to have spent their morning with you. Your energy, presence, knowledge, charm, and sense of humor are exceptional!

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B.C., Director of Campus Arts, NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY (Not Verified)

Programs

SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication

educational / informative audience activity humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

This lively and interactive topic is based on Gayle Cotton's Bestselling Book, 'SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication'. Differences are the spice of life! But cultural differences can also be the source of embarrassing blunders and miscommunication in the workplace, and for business and social travelers alike. We must manage preexisting cultural expectations, understand cultural sensitivities, avoid conflict, and sidestep offending someone due to cultural differences -- albeit unintentional. The strength of any multicultural relationship depends entirely on the ability to effectively communicate, and to build trust and rapport in person, on the phone, and by email. To do this, we need to understand how words, tonality, and body language vary with every culture.This presentation will increase your self-awareness, help you adapt your style, and enable you to be proactive in multi-cultural relationships. Its Gayle's most requested topic, and has lots of humor and take-home value!

  • Key One: Create Proactive Communication and Avoid Reactive Communication
  • Key Two: Rapport Secrets to Bridge the Cultural Gap
  • Key Three: Organize Productive Interactions
  • Key Four: Strategies for Relationships
  • Key Five: Success Leaves Clues... Do's & Taboos

Global Business Etiquette: Cultural Clues, Do's & Taboos

educational / informative audience activity humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

Explore the 'Cultural Clues' for developing successful relationships in today's global business and social environment. Avoid those all too embarrassing 'Faux Pas', and learn to bridge the cultural gap in any culture. Understand the 'Do's &Taboos' for Europe, Asia/ Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East. This is a lively, interactive presentation that will take you on a brief journey around the world to learn what everyone needs to know about 'Global Business Etiquette'. Gayle highlights examples and blunders that often border on hilarity. The topic has tremendous take-home value, so have fun and enjoy the trip!

  • Multi-Cultural Communication: Is What You Say What You Mean?
  • Email Etiquette: How 'Intimate' Is Your Email?"
  • Cultural Clues: 'Do's & Taboos' for Global Business Etiquette
  • Paradoxes of the English Language: How Can a Wise Guy and a Wise Man be Opposites?
  • Cultural Bloopers! The Humorous 'Faux Pas'

Improving Interpersonal Communications: Is What You Say What You Mean?

educational / informative audience activity humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

Take a look at the comical challenges we all have with the words we use in our interpersonal communications. Add a littletonality and body language, and it's no wonder we have communication mishaps!  "The meaning of your communication is evident by the response you get." Learn the necessary 'people-reading'skills to become pro-active rather than reactive in the communication process. Maximize effective communication and minimize miscommunication. This lively, interactive topic creates the 'open channels' necessary to improve communication in person, on the phone, and by email. Learn the'rapport secrets' to enable you to establish morecomfortable and productive business or personal relationships. Gayle's insightful and energetic approach will help you improve your communication in all facets of your life. 

  • Improve Your Interpersonal Communications: Use Effective Words, Tonality and Body Language
  • Become a 'People-Reader': Be Pro-active Not Reactive in Your Communication
  • Rapport Secrets... Create Comfortable, Productive Business and Personal Relationships

The Art of Successful Presentation Skills: It's Beyond Words!

educational / informative audience activity humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

Could you use a littlepolishin your presentation or a littlefinesse in your style? Whether you make presentations for meetings, small groups, or from a podium for multitudes, this interactive topic is designed for you. Making successful presentations is an art,and one that's not easily achieved! Excellent presentations are 90% preparation and 10% presentation. Learn to create the most effective type of presentation for your audience. Incorporate some high-level tips to enhance your audience rapport, including with multi-cultural audiences. Prepare effective openings, transitions, and closings. Develop the necessary skills for delivery with visuals. Last, but not least, enhance your physical presentation style with your voice dynamics and body language. This topic has lots of interaction for great take-home value!

  • Confidently Create Audience Rapport: With Audiences of Any Size and Type... Including Multi-Cultural Audiences
  • Prepare Better Presentations: Use Creative Visualization Techniques, and have Effective Openings, Transitions, and Closing
  • Enhance Your Physical Presentation Style: Overcome Fear, Breathe Properly, and Use Effective Tonality, Inflection, Gestures, and Body Language

Time Mastery & Stress Management: 1440 Minutes - Use It or Lose It!

educational / informative audience activity humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

Time is like a bank, but who manages the 'Time Bank'? Is it you, or is it time? Everyone gets the same 60 seconds a minute, 60 minutes an hour, 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year. Every morning we are credited with 480 minutes in an 8-hour work day, and 1,440 minutes every 24 hours. Each night what we don't invest in good purpose is written off as a loss! How can we hope to gain effectiveness in managing ourselves and our precious credit of daily minutes?  Time Mastery & Stress Management will help you better understand your habits of self-management, and develop strategies to maximize time and minimize stress. This lively, interactive topic can make the difference between being in the red or the black of the time bank... and your health. . Are you 'in time', 'on time,' or 'out of time'?

  • Awareness Is the First Step: Who Is Robbing Your Time Bank?
  • Time Mastery: Are You the Master of Time, or Is Time the Master of You?
  • Develop Strategies: To Organize, Plan, Minimize, and Eliminate
  • Stress Management: Maximize Healthy Stress and Minimize Unhealthy Stress
  • Top 20 Tips: For Time Mastery and Stress Management

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

educational / informative audience activity humorous / funny inspirational / life-changing

In the early nineties, 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!

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PRICE RANGE $10,000
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$20,000
CERTIFICATION & AWARDS received ICF - PCC Professional Certified Coach
received Toastmasters - DTM Distinguished Toastmaster
CAREER Speaking 19 yrs

Last year
100
events
LANGUAGES English
WORKED IN United States, Switzerland, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Canada, United Kingdom, Korea (South), China, France, Japan, Italy, Australia, Germany, England, Philippines, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Venezuela, Trinidad, Colombia, Morocco, Finland, Greece, Malta
ASSOCIATIONS
member of ATD - Association for Talent Development

member of ICF - International Coach Federation

member of MPI - Meeting Professionals International

member of NSA - United States
NSA/North Texas Chapter

member of Toastmasters International

member of WSA - Women Speakers Association

member of International Federation for Professional Speakers