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how culture shapes behaviours

By Julien S. Bourrelle

One-day course (6h-8h)


Julien uses humour to make you reflect about how your culture influences you more than you think. Through entertaining stories and visual examples, you will learn about verbal and non-verbal communication, emotional feedback, social norms and values that influence interpersonal interactions across cultures. You will learn to understand better and communicate more effectively within multi-cultural environments. His lectures and courses improve communication at work and provide practical tools to understand how to connect with people having a culture different than yours. You will learn to be more aware of your own social behaviours and how they may be misinterpreted by people of other cultures.


Julien’s work help increase awareness on your own perception and expectations when interacting with people of other cultures. Being aware of our own cultural biases and how these affect the way we communicate and the way we interpret the communication of others is crucial to succeed in a multi-cultural environment.


The one-day course is split between lectures and workshops that Julien leads together with Elise H. Kollerud. Workshops include small group work where the audience exchange their own experiences, role games to illustrate how we often forget about cultural differences and open discussions that follow on the material presented in Julien’s lectures.


A full day course provides the audience with a platform to really reflect and understand the concepts Julien presents and relate them to their daily reality. The audience comes out of the course with an increase understanding of cross-cultural communication and are well prepared to interact and work with people of different cultures.


Example of aspects that are taken up during the one-day course:  

  • Trust

  • Feedback

  • Personal space

  • Eye contact

  • Logic of socialization

  • Meaning of friendships

  • Meaning of business relationships

  • Independence

  • Non-physical space

  • Equality

  • Different understating of values

  • Romance

  • Gender roles

  • Flirting

  • Conversation

  • Raising children

  • Hierarchy

  • Building a relationship

  • Emotions

  • Clothing

  • Service

  • Expectation

  • Perception

  • Time

  • Politeness

  • Social status

  • Happiness

  • Do-it-yourself cultures

  • Rules and regulations and their meaning

  • Understanding of corruption

  • Leadership structure

  • Decision making processes

  • Written communication

  • Oral communication

  • Gifts

  • Giving and owing

  • Safety and security

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