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Your guide to Ireland:
Lorna McDowell


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About your guide:

Lorna McDowell is an experienced professional in cross-cultural communications and personal development. Her career spans 16 years, firstly as an international marketing and corporate communications consultant in the business to business and information technology sector, and more recently as a psychotherapist and executive life coach. During her time in the corporate world for companies such as Brodeur Worldwide, PLAUT International Management Consulting, Budget Rent a Car International and Micrografx Software, she became strongly committed to enhancing interpersonal skills and communication within the workplace, particularly across world cultures. This led to the change of career direction and creation of her company, XenerGie, in 2000 to help companies and individuals communicate more effectively in the workplace and enhance their work/life productivity and balance.

Lorna, born in the UK, is of Irish parentage and has been living and working in Ireland for five years, during which time she has undergone the trials and challenges of setting up a business from scratch and getting to know the Irish business culture and its idiosynchrasies. All the tips included in this section are from her own discoveries and advice given to her from Irish friends and colleagues. She is resident in Co Galway on the West coast where she has settled with her family.

She undertakes coaching and speaking engagements in a number of areas including Motivating and Managing International Teams and Communicating across European Cultures.

Lorna can be contacted at info(at) Tel +353 91 637269


Ireland: An Introduction to Ireland – Part 1
Useful background information

Ireland: An Introduction to Ireland – Part 2
More useful background information

Ireland: Appointment Alert!
Making appointments

Ireland: Conversation
Welcome topics of conversation

Ireland: First Name or Title?
Addressing others with respect

Ireland: Gift Giving
Selecting and presenting an appropriate business gift

Ireland: Let’s Make a Deal! – Part 1
What you should know before negotiating

Ireland: Let’s Make a Deal! – Part 2
More tips

Ireland: Prosperous Entertaining
Entertaining for business success

Ireland: Public Behaviour
Acceptable public conduct

Useful Web Sites for Ireland

Consular Information Sheet

Wikipedia: Ireland

CIA World Factbook: Ireland

Lonely Planet: Ireland Ireland for Visitors

Economist Country Briefings: Ireland

BBC Country Profiles: Ireland

World Health Organization: Ireland

Getting Away: Ireland


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Ireland Business Etiquette and Culture

This guide to Ireland business etiquette and culture covers many aspects of doing business in Ireland. It is our goal to provide practical, accurate, and up-to-date tips on Ireland business culture and etiquette, written by experts in business consulting in Ireland. We encourage visitors to leave questions or comments on on our discussion boards, moderated by experts in intercultural training and business. Your contributions help us make Executive Planetâ„¢ the most comprehensive resource on Lorna McDowell business etiquette and culture on the Internet.

This guide contains the following articles:

Let’s Make a Deal – negotiating tactics, the value of connections, recommended business card style and content, business card protocol, sitting and presenting yourself in meetings, language for brochures and promotional material, pace of business, preferred presentation styles, final agreements, thinking styles, adherance to company policy, and more on Ireland business culture . . .
Prosperous Entertaining – typical mealtimes throughout the day, best venues for business entertaining, punctuality for social events, dinner table seating etiquette, mealtime etiquette, importance of alcohol, toasting, guidelines for hosting a banquet/social event, what foods should be served/avoided, accepting and declining invitations, and more on Ireland business etiquette. . .
Appointment Alert! – typical vacation times, recommended apppointment times, length of the lunch hour, signals that indicate beginning or end of an appointment, best arrival time (early, late, right on time), and more on Ireland business culture. . .
Gift Giving – recommended gifts, gifts to avoid, good and bad colours for wrapping paper, how to present a gift to individuals and groups, guidelines for receiving gifts, and more on Ireland business culture. . .
First Name or Title? – using titles such as ‘Doctor’, naming conventions to avoid, when to use first names, and more. . .
Public Behaviour – how to greet strangers and introduce yourself, the rules for men shaking hands with women, acceptable demeanor, rules for eye contact, gestures/sayings to avoid, and more on Ireland business culture. . .
Business Dress – is dress modest, conservative, etc., specific dress requirements for men and women, what visitors should wear to social functions, and more on Ireland business culture. .
Conversation – welcome and unwelcome topics of conversation, the role of compliments, the tone of voice to be used, whether your hosts are physical or more reserved, and more on Ireland business etiquette