TIPS FOR DANES WORKING WITH AMERICANS
Danes grow up watching U.S. television shows and listening to American pop music, so they sometimes assume they know how to work with Americans - but that's not always true. In this presentation, Kay draws upon her experiences as an American living in Denmark to discuss how the Danes can survive and thrive when working with the multicultural, competitive, litigation-averse Americans, and how to avoid uncomfortable misunderstandings. More
"DROP DIt DANGLISH" FOR COMPANIES
If your Danish company has adopted English as its corporate language, you may be discovering the limits to some of your employees' English capabilities. This presentation covers both the common mistakes Danes make in English (as described in Kay's book, Top 35 Mistakes Danes Make in English) and helps make sure the English you may have learned in school 30 years ago is up-to-date. More
thE 'HOW TO LIVE IN DENMARK' GAME SHOW
The "Game Show" is Kay's most popular presentation: it's been a hit from Aarhus to Sønderborg to Lyngby, and is particularly good for mixed groups of foreigners and Danes. We play versions of popular game shows like "Who Wants to Be a MIllionaire" and "Jeopardy" to have fun with Danish cultural standards and quirks. The Game Show is also available in a Christmas version, perfect for your group's Julefrokost or holiday get-together. More
HOW To FIND A JOB IN DENMARK, EVEN AS A FOREIGNER
Finding a job in Denmark can be tough even for Danes. For foreigners, it can seem like a monumental undertaking, particularly when they don't speak Danish. In this event, which has been delivered to spouse groups in Copenhagen and Odense and for students at DTU and local Danish language schools, Kay shares her own successful job-hunting experiences and tips on how to leverage tools like LinkedIn, unions, and professional groups. More
WELCOME TO DENMARK: TIPS FOR THE NEWLY ARRIVED
When you've just arrived in Denmark, there are a lot of things to think about. How do you find a place to live, or food that's appropriate to a newcomer's budget? How do you make friends or, if you're single, look for a romantic partner? And what are the basic rules for succeeding in school or in a professional environment? (Tip: The Danes are happy to help you if you need it, but you have to speak up and ask.) This presentation has been delivered in Copenhagen, Vejle, and Vordingborg to new students and staff. More
DROP DIT DANGLISH FOR SCHOOLS
Today's teenagers grow up with English via YouTube and online gaming. But they may not know the nuances of more formal English, such as how to speak to a potential boss or government official. And they may not be familiar with the many nuances of contemporary English necessary to be "woke" or politically correct with their peers in native English speaking countries. This workshop will give your pupils extra confidence speaking real-life English. More
UNDERSTANDING 'SELVIRONI' AND 'JANTELOV'
Danes love to laugh at themselves and expect others to do the same, but this can be baffling to people from competitive, hierarchical societies like China, India, and the USA. In this presentation, we'll look at the ways the Danish passion for self-effacing humor can affect the working environment. How does a foreigner know when a Dane is joking? And are hard truths sometimes concealed in "Danish humor"? More
WORKING CULTURE IN DENMARK: TIPS FROM MY EXPERIENCE
After 16 years of working with Danish corporations, Kay Xander Mellish is personally familiar with some of the misunderstandings that can take place when Danes and foreigners work together. This presentation, which has been delivered at Novo Nordisk, HOFOR, DTU and other major international employers, helps both sides examine their assumptions and move towards a happier working environment. It contains concrete tips both Danes and foreigners can use to make their working relationships better. More
WHAT IS DANISHNESS?
What does it mean to be Danish? Is Danishness found in Danish food – like kødboller and flæskesteg – and Danish obsessions, like home renovation, large flags and a bowl of candy for the children on Fridays? Is Danishness following the Jantelov, putting the welfare of the community above individual desires and achievement? This presentation takes the question of Danishness out of the headlines and puts it in an international context. More
TAILOR AN EVENT TO YOUR AUDIENCE
Kay can tailor an event to your company or group based on her two books, "How to Live in Denmark" and "Top 35 Mistakes Danes Make in English", or on her long experience as an English communications consultant working with top Danish companies. Contact Kay to discuss a speech that will address your audience's unique interests. Kay is available for travel throughout Denmark.