Interesting Seminars at ECUST
发布者：MBA Programs Office来源：华东理工大学商学院
by HERRENSCHNEIDER Emmanuelle
Five conferences have been presented to us and have been presented were all very interested. There were about Chinese Massage, Tea ceremony, how to deliver a powerful presentation, Jing An Temple and finally about the financial management. One of the point of these conference was to give us a deeper understanding of the Chinese culture, especially with the Chinese massage, the Tea Ceremony and the Jing An Temple. The visit of the Jing An temple shows one of the main attraction in Shanghai and also demonstrate that Chinese have a different point of view concerning the renovation and the preservation of their national monument. The one on the “presentation” is very practical and we also can notice some cultural differences.. These surely help people to be more professional and also to know more the Chinese culture and Chinese Business culture Here I would like to talk about more on this seminar---How to deliver a powerful presentation?
Business students and workers have to make a lot of presentation and they always use power point. When focusing on the presentation, a lot of people would be more interested by the way of doing the power point than on the presentation itself. In a company, so many times, we saw people who have horrible and unreadable power point, which leads the audience not to focus on what it is said. Some other writes their whole text on the power point and just bored their audience because they just read. All of these lead us to a situation where the training about presentation seems really important. ECUST gave a conference about how to deliver a powerful presentation. The speaker focuses first on the power point itself and the audience, and then explains how people should deliver their presentation.
During a presentation there are some basics rules to abide by. These are the following: do not read, do not write complete sentences, write only the key words. Concerning the slides, these shouldn’t bare too much animations and the text should not be too long.
Also, sometimes some presentations are definitely too long which lose the audience. A good presentation has to be done in 20 minutes. The people tend to be more focus on the beginning and on the end, so that mean that the main points have to be tell again at these moments. Also it means that for the structure of the presentation, it is important not to say too much, but only what is it important.
It is also important to know the audience. The speaker for the conference was American and in their culture, the presentation’s structure is the following: first the speaker tell the audience what he wants to say, second he actually tell them and thirdly he repeat to the audience what he has just said. In the French culture, people first present the facts, secondly they raise a different point of view, and lastly in the conclusion a resume of the two points of view is presented. These are some cultural differences that can be noticed and people would react differently to the message according of their background and of their culture. That is why it is very important to know the audience when it is possible. The different facts to know are the average age of the audience, the number of people, their professional background and also their nationality when it is relevant.
In conclusion, the speaker delivers a very good presentation on the subject. He doesn’t only focus on the power point part (because it is something quite easy to improve) but also on the way of delivering the message. This conference was one of the most interesting.
by Fabrício Guma
In my opinion, one of the most interesting seminars with ECUST we had was when we were presented to the Chinese culture of tea (chá). Not only based in the fact I appreciate to drink tea, but more particularly because I could perceive some differences between cultures here in China to the one we have in the south of Brazil.
After I started to search for more information, I realized that the main differences are related with the occasions in which tea is consumed, the preparation methods (tea ceremony) and other purposes of the tea, for example in the medicine and cuisine.
The south of Brazil (the state of Rio Grande do Sul) is known as the region of “Chimarrão”, a special kind of tea very traditional made of the infusion of herb mate (Ilex paraguariensis), a native plant of South American forests. The culture of the “Chimarrão” is a legacy of the Indians Guarani, who lived in that region for thousands of years, according Luiz Rotilli Texeira, historian and scholar member of the traditionalist movement Gaúcho (MTG), and is a peculiar tradition of this part of Brazil.
The culture of drinking this kind of tea is also common in countries such as Argentina, Uruguay (where the beverage is known as “Mate”) and in Paraguay. In Paraguay is a bit different, they call it “Tererê”, and they use cold water, not hot water as in south of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.
The most peculiar aspect of the “Chimarrão” is the way in which tea is prepared and served, not using traditional tea cups, as we can see here in China, but a gourd (a recipient made of wood) and using a kind of metal straw to drink, called “bomba”
Comparing with the Chinese tea ceremony we could learn in class, I can say there is not a ceremony to prepare and drinking “Chimarrão”, only a few rules that the people should know before start drinking. Usually the host is the one who prepares the “Chimarrão” and drinks first, because at the first time the tea is not so tasty and a bit cold. After this first portion, he refill´s with hot water, and passes the gourd to the other person.
Here there is another very important aspect of the “Chimarrão” culture, everybody drinks the tea in the same gourd, one after the other, drinking until totally finishes the water, refilling and passing along. We call this moment “a roda de chimarrão”, when people sit in a circle, talking and waiting for their turn to drink.
The “Chimarrão” is always made with the same herb (tea), which exists in different kinds: one a bit stronger, sour, light, etc.; but always the same herb “Mate”, and we drink this tea all year through.
Another very interesting outdoor activity we had this semester was the visit to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. Located in the center of the city, the museum could give me a better view and understanding about the history of Shanghai. What draws attention in the museum in the way which the past is linked with the future, with different exhibitions each floor. The museum has diverse types of exhibitions, since the traditional ones such as paintings, sculptures and photo, until modern equipment’s with interactive videos, 360 movie projections, and a large scale model of the entirety of urban Shanghai.
As is well known, Shanghai is a unique city in China. The long history of international trade of the city left important marks in the way how the city developed. Walking in Shanghai is possible to see these marks, especially in the architecture of the city, the western influence is perceived in neighborhoods scattered throughout the city. The museum presents in a very clear way this how this influence happened after the Treaty of Nanking (1842) which allowed the establishment of the Shanghai International Settlement, when occurs the flourishing of the city, as a center of commerce between east and west, and again in the late 70´s when started the Chinese opening.
But, for me the most interesting part started in the third floor, where we can have a clear picture of the city now-a-days and how is been prepared for the future. The view of the large scale model of the entirety of urban Shanghai is a unique experience; this model gives for the visitors the real dimension of the city, and shows why this city is seen as the "showpiece" of the booming economy of mainland China. It is also possible see how the city was prepared to handle and support more than 23 million inhabitants, with a complex network of public transport, sewerage, sanitation and electricity.
The most interactive part, as it should be, is reserved for the exhibition of the future of the city. This sector with videos, computers and games shows a promising future, not only Shanghai, but for the country as a whole. Who visits this museum goes out with the clear impression that Shanghai and China are just starting the development, and for sure this city will be the urban planning reference for the world.
Chinese Massage Seminar
Chinese Tea Culture Seminar
Internatioanl Team Building