Julien S. Bourrelle

Plenumsforedrag: Norwegian Culture

«It is not about what you see, it is about what you perceive
Julien’s eye-opening lectures draw a clear picture of Norwegian social behaviors and their meaning. They provide a guide to socialize, communicate effectively and connect within a multi-cultural working environment in Norway. Through entertaining stories and visual examples, you will learn about verbal and non-verbal communication, emotional feedback, social norms and Norwegian values that influence interpersonal interactions. Norwegians and foreigners will learn to understand each other better and communicate more effectively within multi-cultural environments in Norway. The lectures improve communication at work and provides a strong platform for foreigners to understand how to connect with the Norwegian society. Norwegians will be more aware of their own social behaviors and how they may be misinterpreted by foreigners.

«The Rocket Scientist who connects people»

Julien S. Bourrelle is the author of the best seller series «The Social Guidebook to Norway» («Nordmenn«). He is one of the best known keynote speakers on the Norwegian and Scandinavian cultures. His lectures focus on how to benefit from diversity and brings a humorous perspective on social behaviors. He explains with enthusiasm the peculiarities of Scandinavian cultures, illustrate how everyday behaviors are misinterpreted and how it leads to cultural misunderstanding. Julien also holds lecture on how to connect with people and is often ask to teach the art of public speaking.

His work bridging cultures has been widely spread on social media and in the press in Norway and Sweden. Julien received the TOP 10 award from HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway given to an international role model in the Norwegian working and social life.

Before moving to Norway, he lived in five countries and learnt to speak four languages. He was the first foreign board member of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) since the foundation of NTH in 1910. He also sat on the Norwegian National Research Committee (UHR). The Mondå project grew from his experience living and integrating within five cultures.