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Book a “How to Work in Denmark: Some tips from my experience” presentation

Why, foreigners wonder, do Danes introduce themselves by simply stating their name, instead of explaining their position and job function?

Why does the big boss ride a bike to work when he could certainly afford a car?

And why does he help clear the table after our weekly ‘morgenbrød’? Isn’t that the cleaning lady’s job?

After 16 years of working in Danish corporations, Kay Xander Mellish is personally familiar with some of the misunderstandings that can take place when Danes and foreigners work together.

Her presentation How to Work in Denmark: Some tips from my experience, which has been delivered for Novo Nordisk, HOFOR, DTU and other major audiences, helps both sides examine their assumptions and move towards a happier working environment. It contains concrete tips both foreigners and Danes can use to make their working relationships better.

A trained journalist and a former member of the communications staff at Danske Bank, Carlsberg Breweries and Saxo Bank, Kay runs her own communications consulting business in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is the author of the book How to Work in Denmark and How to Live in Denmark, and is the voice behind the podcast series.

Book Kay for your group
If you represent a corporate or community group and would like to have Kay make a presentation about working in Denmark at your location, please get in touch via this site’s contact form for more information. Or read more about Kay’s other events.

How to Work in Denmark book

Get the How to Work in Denmark Book for more tips on finding a job in Denmark, succeeding at work, and understanding your Danish boss. The paperback is available at Arnold Busck on Strøget or Politikens Boghal on Radhuspladsen, at Boghandlern in Frederiksberg Center and Lyngby, and at Academic Books Copenhagen University Søndre Campus. It can also be ordered from any bookstore using the ISBN 978-743-000-80-8 or via Amazon or Saxo.com. Contact Kay to ask about bulk purchases, or visit our books site to find out how to get the eBook.

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Book a How To Live in Denmark Game Show event

Join us for the ‘How to Live in Denmark Game Show.’! Have fun and welcome international employees to Denmark. Danes will enjoy it too!

We use the format of TV game shows – which are popular around the world – to put participants at their ease and get them interacting with each other. ‘How To Live in Denmark Jeopardy’ is one of our most popular games, but we also do a Danish version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” entitled “Who Wants to Pay Topskat?” and a “Newlywed Game” take-off in which Danes are asked to examine their own culture…and foreigners are asked to try to understand what Danes are thinking!

How To Live in Denmark events are designed to make international employees feel more comfortable in Denmark, help them understand the Danish mindset, and give them something to chat about with their Danish colleagues besides just ‘shop talk.’

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A trained journalist and a former member of the communications staff at Danske Bank, Carlsberg Breweries and Saxo Bank, Kay runs her own communications consulting business in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is behind the podcast series ‘How to Live in Denmark’ and is the author of the book How to Live in Denmark, available in English, Chinese, and Arabic.

Book Kay for your group
If you represent a corporate or community group and would like to have Kay make a presentation about working in Denmark at your location, please get in touch via this site’s contact form for more information. Or read more about Kay’s other events.

Read more at www.denmarkgameshow.com.

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Book a “Drop Dit Danglish” event

Most Danes speak beautiful English, but there are a few common mistakes that keep their English from being perfect.

Should you say She learned me to play golf or She taught me to play golf? Is it He borrowed me his golf clubs or He loaned me his golf clubs? And is a great evening a fun time or a very funny time? And why should you never translate ‘derfor’ and ‘hermed’ directly?

You’ll find out at this enjoyable event, which will help Danes with excellent English skills become even more confident and fluent when speaking or writing English.

Brøler på engelsk

Kay Xander Mellish arrived in Denmark 16 years ago. A trained journalist and a former member of the communications staff at Danske Bank, Carlsberg Breweries and Saxo Bank, Kay runs her own communications consulting business in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is behind the podcast series ‘How to Live in Denmark’ and is the author of the book ‘Top 35 Mistakes Danes Make in English‘.

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If you represent a corporate or community group and would like to have Kay make a presentation at your location, please get in touch via this site’s contact form for more information.

Read more at www.danglish.guru.

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Book a Welcome to Denmark: Tips for the Newly Arrived event

Welcome to Denmark! 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.)

Kay Xander Mellish has based this fun but very useful presentation on her own first days in Denmark, when she received an “executive move” from a company that quickly went out of business, leaving her to fend for herself.

A trained journalist and a former member of the communications staff at Danske Bank, Carlsberg Breweries and Saxo Bank, Kay runs her own communications consulting business in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is behind the podcast series ‘How to Live in Denmark’ and is the author of the books How to Work in Denmark and How to Live in Denmark.

Book Kay for your group
If you represent a corporate or community group and would like to have Kay make a presentation about arriving in Denmark at your location, please get in touch via this site’s contact form for more information. Or read more about Kay’s other events.

How to Work in Denmark book

Get the How to Work in Denmark Book for more tips on finding a job in Denmark, succeeding at work, and understanding your Danish boss. The paperback is available at Arnold Busck on Strøget or Politikens Boghal on Radhuspladsen, at Boghandlern in Frederiksberg Center and Lyngby, and at Academic Books Copenhagen University Søndre Campus. It can also be ordered from any bookstore using the ISBN 978-743-000-80-8 or via Amazon or Saxo.com. Contact Kay to ask about bulk purchases, or visit our books site to find out how to get the eBook.

 

 

Moving to Denmark

Want to read more? Try the How to Live in Denmark book, available in paperback or eBook editions, and in English, Chinese, and Arabic. If you represent a company or organization, you can also book Kay Xander Mellish to stage a How to Live in Denmark event tailored for you, including the popular How to Live in Denmark Game Show. Kay stages occasional free public events too. Follow our How to Live in Denmark Facebook page to keep informed.

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Book a “How to Find a Job in Denmark – even as a foreigner” presentation

Finding a job in Denmark is often a long, frustrating process – particularly if you’re not Danish. In this ‘How to Find a Job in Denmark’ presentation, we offer a few practical tips about how to research the Danish job market, how to network, and how to balance the enforced modesty of ‘Janteloven’ with promoting your skills at a job interview.

Be humble in Denmark

Job interviews in Denmark can be tricky, because you must present yourself as highly skilled without bragging too much.

Kay Xander Mellish arrived in Denmark more than a decade ago. She’s searched and found jobs at small Danish media agencies as well as Danske Bank, Carlsberg Breweries and Saxo Bank. Kay runs her own communications consulting business in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is behind the podcast series ‘How to Live in Denmark’ and is the author of the book ‘How to Live in Denmark‘, available in English, Chinese and Arabic.

This presentation is available in both English and Danish, and can be directed towards highly-educated jobseekers (as it was for DTU’s new graduates group) or lower-skilled new arrivals (as it was at Glostrup Sprogskole.)

“Your talk had a lot of fresh insights and very useful information.” – Andreea-Georgiana Enache, jobseeker

Book Kay for your group
If you represent a corporate or community group and would like to have Kay make a presentation at your location, please get in touch via this site’s contact form for more information. Or go to the How To Live in Denmark events page to download a PDF you can share with colleagues.

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Book a ‘Working With Danes / Working With Americans’ presentation

Danes grow up watching U.S. movies and T.V. shows and listening to U.S. music, so they sometimes assume they ‘know’ how to work with Americans – but that’s not always true.

In this presentation, Kay Xander Mellish – an American who has lived in Denmark for more than a decade – talks about how Danes can survive and thrive when working with the multicultural, competitive, sometimes excitable Americans, and how Americans can understand Danish priorities and the culture of dry, sometimes aggressive humor and Jantelov. Kay is personally familiar with some of the misunderstandings that can take place when Danes and Americans work together.

‘We are an international marketing team with people working together across the Atlantic with offices in Copenhagen and Minneapolis. We were very happy to have Kay run a session with us that in an entertaining and interactive way provided insights into the differences and similarities between the US and Danish cultures – and how these impact the collaboration and interaction between our teams. We had a lot of fun and at the same time we are now able to talk more openly about who we are and why we behave in certain ways in our daily collaborative situations we find ourselves in.
– Lars Kristian Runov, CMO, Siteimprove A/S.

A trained journalist and a former member of the communications staff at Danske Bank, Carlsberg Breweries and Saxo Bank, Kay Xander Mellish runs her own communications consulting business in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is behind the podcast series ‘How to Live in Denmark’ and is the author of the books How to Work in Denmark and How to Live in Denmark.

Book Kay for your group
If you represent a corporate or community group and would like to have Kay make a presentation about working with Danes or working with Americans at your location, please get in touch via this site’s contact form for more information. Or read more about Kay’s other events.

How to Work in Denmark book

Get the How to Work in Denmark Book for more tips on finding a job in Denmark, succeeding at work, and understanding your Danish boss. The paperback is available at Arnold Busck on Strøget or Politikens Boghal on Radhuspladsen, at Boghandlern in Frederiksberg Center and Lyngby, and at Academic Books Copenhagen University Søndre Campus. It can also be ordered from any bookstore using the ISBN 978-743-000-80-8 or via Amazon or Saxo.com. Contact Kay to ask about bulk purchases, or visit our books site to find out how to get the eBook.

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Book a “Jantelov and Selvironi: Understanding Danes” Event

Jantelov and the ability not to take yourself too seriously are a central part of Danish culture. 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 discuss how the Danish passion for equality and self-effacing humor can affect the office working environment. How does a foreigner know when a Dane is joking? Are hard truths sometimes concealed in ‘Danish humor’? And when and where should you offer the people around you a kvajebajer?

Based on experience

Kay Xander Mellish arrived in Denmark 16 years ago. A former staff member at Danske Bank, Carlsberg Breweries and Saxo Bank, Kay runs her own communications consulting business in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is behind the podcast series ‘How to Live in Denmark’ and is the author of the book ‘How to Live in Denmark‘, available in English, Chinese and Arabic.

Book Kay for your group

If you represent a corporate or community group and would like to have Kay make a presentation at your location, please get in touch via this site’s contact form for more information.

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Book an ‘American in Denmark’ presentation

“An American in Denmark” is a humorous after-dinner speech suitable for mixed groups of foreigners and Danes. Kay comes from the U.S. state of Wisconsin, where fourth or fifth generation Danes, Swedes, Norwegians and Finns are still proud of their heritage. What surprises did she encounter when she arrived in the ‘real’ Scandinavia?

Prize winning cheese from Denmark, Wisconsin.

Prize winning cheese from Denmark, Wisconsin.

How To Live in Denmark events are designed to make international employees feel more comfortable in Denmark, help them understand the Danish mindset, and give them something to chat about with their Danish colleagues besides just ‘shop talk.’

A former staff member at Danske Bank, Carlsberg Breweries and Saxo Bank, Kay runs her own communications consulting business in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is behind the podcast series ‘How to Live in Denmark’ and is the author of the book ‘How to Live in Denmark‘, available in English, Chinese and Arabic.

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If you represent a company or organization and would like to have Kay make a presentation at your location, contact Kay via this site’s contact form for more information, or download a PDF flier about How to Live in Denmark events to share with friends and colleagues.

This event has previously been held for a DTU group in Tivoli.

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Book a “What is Danishness?”/”Hvad er Danskhed?” event

What does it mean to be Danish? Or, put in local terms, Hvad er Danskhed?

Is Danishness found in Danish food – in kødboller and flæskesteg? – and Danish obsessions, like home renovation, large flags and finding bargains in the weekly tilbudsavisen? Is Danishness following the Jantelov, putting the welfare of the community above individual desires and achievement? Does Danishness require particular clothing, a certain skin color, or a large bowl of candy on Fridays?

In this intercultural event, Kay Xander Mellish will discuss Danishness from a foreigner’s perspective, and suggest ways that Danes and foreigners can understand each other better.

Never lose your temper in Denmark - speak in a tone as calm and flat as the Danish countryside.

Losing your temper is ‘udansk.” Instead, speak in a tone as calm and flat as the Danish countryside.

Kay Xander Mellish arrived in Denmark 16 years ago. A trained journalist and a former member of the communications staff at Danske Bank, Carlsberg Breweries and Saxo Bank, Kay runs her own communications consulting business in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is behind the podcast series ‘How to Live in Denmark’ and is the author of the book ‘How to Live in Denmark‘, available in English and Chinese.

Book Kay for your group

If you represent a corporate or community group and would like to have Kay make a presentation at your location, please get in touch via this site’s contact form for more information. Or download a PDF about How to Live in Denmark events you can share with colleagues.

This event was originally held at Politikens Akademi in Copenhagen.

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