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. As a leader, you will learn to understand better, communicate and lead more effectively within multi-cultural environments. The course aim to ease communication at work between people of different cultures by providing practical tools for leaders working in a multicultural environment. 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, interact with each other to illustrate how we often forget about cultural differences and open discussions that follow on the material presented in Julien’s course. The course provides the audience with a platform to reflect and understand the concepts Julien presents and relate them to their daily reality. The audience comes out of the course with an increased understanding of cross-cultural communication and are well prepared to lead and work with people of different culture.
Julien S Bourrelle
Julien S. Bourrelle is a rocket scientist, entrepreneur and bestselling author. He is one of the best-known lecturers on the Norwegian culture and the author of the book series “The Social Guidebook to Norway”. He was born in Canada and has been living in Norway since 2009. Julien was the first non-Scandinavian to sit on NTNU board of directors.
His approach full of humour provides reflected inputs on cultural differences and social interactions. His cultural stories are based on 15 years living in five countries. Julien holds two MSc. in Astronautical Engineering and speaks French, English, Norwegian and Spanish fluently.
While writing his PhD, Julien founded Mondå Forlag which publishes books with a vision to bridge cultures and help businesses and organisations to better benefit from diversity.