Gayle's Story: 3 Strikes! Awareness Is the First Step...



30-90 Minutes (Customization and Virtual Presentations are available)


In the early nineties, Gayle began her career working as a Corporate Trainer for multi-national companies and organizations in Switzerland. She was an expert in Cross-Cultural Education, but she quickly discovered that she had 3 strikes against her -- she was American, female, and blonde! And after all… what do Americans know about different cultures? Being female, she also found out that the ‘Dumb Blonde Jokes’ were global! Nevertheless, Gayle adapted and became very successful working internationally. Later in the nineties, she incorporated Circles Of Excellence Inc. in Dallas TX. Recently married to a Frenchman, she used her married name, Gayle Cotton-Delpierre. That name wasn’t easy to pronounce, so she rapidly became known as Gayle Cotton Del Prairie! Adapting once again, Gayle decided to use ‘Cotton’ as her professional name which she found worked well. Gayle’s story is inspirational, full of humor, humility, and hope for anyone living or working in different cultures.

  • How Many Strikes Are Against You? Awareness Is the First step!
  • Becoming the Librarian: Adapting for Where You Are
  • Understanding the Cultural Layer Cake: How Many Layers Are in Your Cake?
  • Going Beyond the Strikes: Question to Ask
  • Adapting Your Style: Success Leaves Clues!

Contact keynote speaker and international business expert, Gayle Cotton, to speak at your conference on the topic 3 Strikes! Awareness Is the First Step which focuses on Cross Cultural Communication, effective communication, interpersonal communication, body language, cultural sensitivity, and intercultural communication!

Need a topic customized for a special event or venue? Just ask!

Gayle offers virtual workshops, virtual presentations, and virtual leadership coaching for any of her programs! Her office setting is very professional, and she has high-quality equipment to broadcast her virtual presentations.

Feel free to contract us to discuss the virtual options for her listed programs. With advance notice, she’ll be happy to customize a presentation specifically for your company, conference, or meeting venue!


Gayle Cotton is a National Emmy Award Winner and the author of the Bestselling Book, ‘SAY Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Successful Cross-Cultural Communication’. She is President of Circles Of Excellence Inc., and a distinguished keynote speaker and executive coach. She has presented for the United Nations, World Governments, and more than 50 Fortune 500 companies around the world. She has been featured on numerous TV shows including NBC News, BBC News, Good Morning America, PM Magazine, Pacific Report, and PBS. Gayle has the distinction of being the first American accepted as a member in the ‘European Association of Marketing and Sales Experts’, and is a Certified Expert in the ‘Executive Foundation for International Communication’. She is a Faculty Resource for Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).

An internationally recognized authority on Cultural Science, Gayle educates, entertains, and inspires audiences with her fresh and unique approach. Giving new meaning to the concept of creativity and productivity, she is on the leading edge of business communication. She has won the respect of World Leaders, Ambassadors, and Executives around the world that turn to her for her expertise on global cultures and international business. Her vast experience living and working abroad has made her a ‘first choice’ request for international audiences!

Gayle travels world-wide from our Corporate Headquarters in Dallas, TX. She presents on the topics of Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural Communication, Diversity Training, Effective Communication, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Leadership Coaching, Presentation Skills, Public Speaking, Stress Management, Sales Strategies, Team Building, Time Management, and Win-Win Negotiations. One of the best keynote speakerand motivational public speakers, she’s also an executive business coach for public speakers. Contact Gayle to speak at your conference or event!

Circles Of Excellence provides their services globally from locations in the US and Europe.


Circles Of Excellence provides top-rated leadership coaching, corporate training, motivational speakers, and public speakers for effective communication, interpersonal communication, cross cultural communication, intercultural communication, international business, body language, time management, stress management, and team building. We will help your company implement best practices by coaching leadership, and by training corporate employees with our Communication Skills Training, Cross-Cultural Training, Customer Service Training, Diversity Training Programs, Leadership Skills Training, Management Training Programs, Negotiation Skills Training, Presentation Skills Training, Sales Training Programs, Stress Management Training, Team Building Training, Time Management Training and more!