How Culture Influences Us at Work 1: Etiquette & Behaviour

How we greet each other.

What’s considered common courtesy.                  

What’s considered impolite.                                        

How we show respect and disrespect.                       

What is embarrassing.                                                

What we find humorous.                                 

What is rude humour.                                            

Seating placement in a room.  

How closely we stand next to each other.

How we touch each other.

What we eat and how we eat.

The holidays we celebrate.

What we wear.

The division between home and work.


Basic Skills 2 : Virtual Presentation

Virtual Presentation Checklist

Web meetings, Webinars, Virtual Training…..

You are presenting to people all over the world who are not in the same room as you.

The purpose of this checklist is have a systematic look at the techniques that make virtual presentations more interesting.  As you examine each factor, give it a score from 0 to 3 to indicate how much you use this technique.

0 = not true for me at all
1 = slightly true
2 = moderately true
3 = definitely true.

Attention Factors


The format of the presentation changes frequently.

0   1   2   3

There are exciting ideas described.

0   1   2   3

Audience is called upon to respond or act frequently – this is made clear at the beginning.

0   1   2   3

My slides are simple & visually interesting.

0   1   2   3

Challenge Factors


I think a lot about how complex the ideas I am presenting are.

0   1   2   3

I make sure the content does not contain too many facts. There is not a lot to keep track of and remember.

0   1   2   3

The content is not too abstract. It is not too hard to get a handle on the topic.

0   1   2   3

I think a lot how to tie the presentation to the audience’s interests or past experience or future goals.

0   1   2   3

Interpersonal Factors


I set the rules for expected behavior at the beginning ( I will be asking you for your opinions during this meeting, I will need to hear your views etc).

0   1   2   3

I manage to get a good “connect” with the audience.

0   1   2   3

I provide lots of opportunity for the audience to interact with each other.

0   1   2   3