MAILED: Sept. 19, 2001
EAU CLAIRE — Roger Axtell, described by
The New Yorker magazine as “the international Emily Post,” will speak at the
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from 7-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Room
100 of Hibbard Hall.
Appointed by Gov. Tommy
Thompson to the UW System Board of Regents in 1999, Axtell will be in Eau Claire
for the Board of Regents meeting being held at the university Oct. 4-5.
Axtell will offer tips and
suggestions to improve communication skills, deal with people overseas and live
successfully in our shrinking global village. He has been prized as a speaker
both for his expertise and his wit.
“The program will be a
light-hearted trip around the world in the matters of international business,
travel, protocol, etiquette, gestures and body language,” said Dr. Karl
Markgraf, director of UW-Eau Claire’s Center for International Education.
Axtell gained his
expertise through 25 years of international business travel for The Parker Pen
Company. He was vice president for worldwide marketing when he retired and
became a full-time professional speaker in 1986.
The author of nine books,
including two bestsellers — “ Do’s & Taboos Around the World, A Guide
to International Behavior,” and “GESTURES: Do’s & Taboos of Body
Language Around the World” — Axtell has appeared on numerous television talk
shows on U.S., Canadian and British broadcasting systems, including NBC’s
“Today,” ABC’s “Good Morning America” and CNN’s “International
In 1998, World Trade
magazine described Axtell as “one of the twenty-five most influential people
in world trade,” which may explain why he also has served as a consultant for
three Wisconsin governors, including eight years (1986-94) as special assistant
to Gov. Tommy Thompson.
presentation, there will be a reception in the Penthouse of Hibbard Hall.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 19, 2001