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"The Rocket Scientist who connects people"
Julien 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. He was the guest Anne Lindmo show, Norway's biggest talk show, in 2015 together with the minister of defense and Aksel Hennie. 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.
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"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.
Connecting with People
“Who you spend time with is who you become” - Tony Robbins
Five countries, four languages, a passion for people and for connecting them - Julien presents the concrete actions and attitude one needs to connect with people. You learn how to make people feel comfortable around you, the logic of socialization, why to build a network, how to create and take opportunities, and how to create genuine contact with others.
What are you communicating and what do you want to communicate? The verbal vs the non-verbal. How to adapt your behaviors to different professional settings. How to make people want to be around you? Understand the difference between being active, and pro-active.
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when a men is afraid of the light”
You are about to step on stage. The host is finishing introducing you. Silence. It is your turn. Your pulse jumps, you force yourself to step forward, you try not to look at anyone in the eyes somehow afraid that they may be able to see the distress in your own eyes, you look down, you start by saying your name, you continue with an attempt to justify why you are standing here, you ask if everyone hears you well, etc.
You are afraid of light. Why? Why would anyone listen to what you have to say? Why would anyone believe in what you are saying?
This workshop is designed to make those who need to stand on stage, want to stand on stage - to make people interested to listen to them while they convey the message they want to convey being aware of the image they show.
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Hosting with a cultural touch
Here in front of 8000 for the opening of NTNU in 2015.
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What clients say about Julien's lectures
The evening was a complete success as I see it. Your role as a toastmaster was even better than anticipated - and my expectations were high - Thanks!
- Christian Nørgaard Madsen, CEO, Multiconsult
Julien hits the subtle points in our Norwegianness and make them interesting. The atmosphere he manages to create is fantastic and I recommend him strongly as a speaker both for the content and for the atmosphere!
Jeg har vært på to arrangementer på Arendalsuka i dag, og du har blitt nevnt begge steder, der de refererte til fafo-arrangementet og «han interessante morsomme kanadieren». Så jeg forstår det også må ha vært veldig bra!
- Sissel Gjennestad, Universitet i Agder
Julien is a star when it comes to understanding the Norwegian behavior and culture. He translates his own outside-in experiences into humorous pictures, cartoons and presentations, which activates different good and some rather awkward emotional states.. in a very good way! What I find most imperative with Julien’s work is how it facilitates for communication and interaction between humans and cultures, helping foreigners understand how to live and act with the common Norwegian man/woman. In addition, giving us Norwegians a fun and innocent eye-opener! Recommended!
The feedback after the session was that Julien's perspective brought a different angle to the diversity question and that it in many ways was a real eye-opener. So well done !
- Liv Marit Baardsen, HR Manager, HESS Norway & UK
Vi syns det var utrolig morsomt – og lærerikt og engasjerende å høre på deg. Vi fikk masse positive tilbakemeldinger, du er virkelig inspirerende å høre på!
Julien S. Bourrelle held a lecture on cultural awareness which gave us important knowledge of how to deal with a multinational workforce.
- Kathleen Mathisen, Vice-President HR, DOF Subsea
I believe most of us, especially in the south of Europe, have pre-conceived ideas on how the nordic countries are and once we get here it's so much different and harder than we had imagined. If we are aware from the beginning about all the points you mentioned it becomes easier to integrate and embrace this culture. I wish I would have seen your presentation when I moved to Norway. It would have saved me a lot of frustration. It was the first session that we organized that had so many reactions from people who are usually more reserved. I'm very happy. Thank you!
- Natália Costa - Electrical Engineer Apply Sorco (Portugese)
Julien holdt et forrykende foredrag på Talentjakten sin sommeravslutning 2014. Han gav oss et innblikk i den norske kulturen, sett utenfra. Med gode tips til hvordan typisk norsk atferd kan oppfattes, både i forhold til nordmenns hverdagsliv og til internasjonalisering i arbeidslivet, lærte vi litt mer om integreringsprosessen for tilflyttende talenter. Med sin innsikt, faglige bakgrunn, humor og sjarm, kan Julien på det varmeste anbefales.
"Takk for hyggelig og interessant foredrag. Jeg har fått mange positive tilbakemeldinger. Jeg kommer til å foreslå at du kommer tilbake på et almannamøte og/eller utvidet lederforum."
- Kjersti Rød Rypdal, Senior HSE Advisor, Wärtsila Oil and Gas Systems
Thank you for making the Julebord such a success! I have only had positive feedback from staff to management.
- Wenche Cecilie Bøe, Lederassistent Region Oslo, Multiconsult
Julien has done a remarkable job figuring out Norwegians and our culture. I would recommend him as a speaker for both locals and foreigners who want a entertaining and relevant perspective on our strange country.
- Even Sandvold Roland, Kommunikasjonsrådgiver og foredragsholder, Founder of Rotor
Julien has really captured the Norwegian culture. If you’re an Norwegian you will probably feel a little embarrassed at some point. But mostly you will become self-conscious of how others, and especially those who comes from other cultures, will perceive you. If you’re not Norwegian, you will probably understand better why Norwegian behave like they do. Great lecture!
- Annicken Staib, HR, Avanade
I have to say that it is really a good presentation, which gives a thorough overview of Norwegian culture, how Norwegian people behave differently, and how we, as foreigners here, can approach Norwegian. He also gave a lot of vivid examples together with very illustrative pictures through the whole presentation. This made the whole presentation more interesting and easily understood. I think it is very useful for not just us foreigners, but also Norwegian themselves.
- Helen Owe, Intern, Avanade
I had the pleasure of hearing Julian talk about the challenges of integrating into the Norwegian society at Talentjakten 2014 in Kristiansand. He is a person who is easy to like and his presentation is smart, sharp and humourous. I was very impressed and highly recommend him to others.
It was so pinpointed and really fun to listen to your talk, great job!
- Torild Langklopp, Manager Stokkøya Sjøsenter AS
The feedback was fantastic!!
- Maya Åsli, Debut Uka Tromsø
After 6 years abroad, I changed my way to interact with people and how to communicate. During the lecture held by Julien it struck me that I recognized every situation he mentioned, but from the foreigner’s point of view, not the Norwegian’s! A Canadian teaching a Norwegian on how to integrate with Norwegians may sound strange, but it was exactly what happened!
- Anja Lanes, INSA Toulouse
A very interesting and amusing course.
- Alessia Colombo, PhD Candidate NTNU (Italy)
The key is to understand the cultural differences, once you understand these differences life gets lot easier. This is exactly what Julien does very uniquely with his presentation, illustrations and charm. Normally, it can take years to understand these behaviours, but Julien explains them in matter of hours. I highly recommend a workshop with Julien not only for foreigners living in Norway but also native Norwegians who are planning to work with foreigners or live outside of Norway.
- Imran Tamboli, System Manager, EVRY
Having lived and worked within many European and multinational cultures, having spent 24 years as a British soldier, I thought settling in Norway would be a breeze. After all I have lived in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium as well as most parts of the UK. How wrong was I! Having lived here 4 years, both within the NATO environment and more recently as a foreigner working in Oil and Gas and trying to integrate fully with our Norwegian hosts, I was still struggling to break the code. A few hours with Julien at a joint event of INN and the British Norwegian Chamber of Commerce has opened my eyes to some of the more subtle differences in this very unique but wonderful culture. Thanks to Julien’s humour and enthusiasm for living in Norway and how to connect with our hosts, I feel re-invigorated to try some new approaches!
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