Speaking about communication and cross-cultural understanding this week to Amity University students

Enjoyed speaking this week to 65 visiting students from Amity University, New Delhi, at RMIT University. My favourite topics – communication & employability. Degrees are vitally important but what gets the job and gains the promotion is communication. Seen here with (from left) Dr Geeta Mishra, Dr Hima Bindu Kota and Dr Anupama Rajesh.


My favourite quote comes from Stephen Covey’s best seller “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”: “Communication is the most important skill in life”.

We also talked about cultural differences such as direct (Australia) versus indirect (India) communication styles – and how knowing this can help us become better global business leaders.

What are the top things employers are looking for in potential hires? Of course, you must have a degree and the better it is the better for you. But no job will be offered if you cannot show these top things – communication, team player, potential leader.

Author: Stephen Manallack

Former President, Australia India Business Council, Victoria and Author, You Can Communicate; Riding the Elephant; Soft Skills for a Flat World (published by Tata McGraw-Hill INDIA); Communicating Your Personal Brand. Director, EastWest Academy Pty Ltd and Trainer/Speaker/Mentor in Leadership, Communication and Cross Cultural Communication. Passionate campaigner for closer western relations with India. Stephen Manallack is a specialist on “Doing Business with India” and advisor/trainer on “Cross-Cultural Understanding”. He is a Director of EastWest Academy Pty Ltd which provides strategic advice and counsel regarding business relations with India. A regular speaker in India on leadership and global communication, his most recent speaking tour included a speech to students of the elite Indian university, Amity University, in Noida. He also spoke at a major Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) global summit, the PR Consultants Association of India in Delhi, the Symbiosis University in Pune and Cross-Cultural Training for Sundaram Business Services in Chennai. He has visited India on business missions on 10 occasions and led three major trade missions there. He provides cross-cultural training – Asia and the west.

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