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Learning to be a Good Alien

Learning to be a Good Alien

This past week I had the pleasure of heading to DomainFest in Macau. Besides the fact that it was a brilliant conference I learned a lot about being an alien. No, I’m not talking about something that creeps around in the dark on a strange planet. You’ll have to read my book “Battleframe” to find out about those…..I’m talking about being a stranger in an entirely different culture.

While I sat in the Qantas club waiting for my flight to Macau I browsed the Internet to learn at least some of the do’s and don’ts of interacting with Chinese. I didn’t want to do some cultural mistake and upset anyone inadvertently.

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The first thing that I found was the Chinese culture is VERY different from western culture and that it would take a lifetime to learn the subtle differences. In the end, I gave up and decided to be as “good” an alien as possible. So what do I mean by this?

Two words summarise the attitude that all of us should try to adopt upon entering the turf of a different culture, they are, “Be Humble”. As a broad generalisation, humility is not a typically western trait. We tend to come in telling everyone why they are wrong and we are right. This, in my opinion is a BIG cultural “no no”.

Humility involves changing both your outward and inward responses to situations. For instance, I may not understand what is transpiring in a Chinese social setting where there are various people from a company at different levels. This can be very off-putting….but I can make the decision to reduce my natural voice volume and hand gestures. In short, I’m trying to reflect the behaviour of those that I’m interacting with.

Remember that humility involves not emphasising your own achievements but acknowledging those of your host....so be mindful of doing a bit of research beforehand.

Humility is also a realisation that you don’t know everything and that people from different cultures may view the world very differently from you. For instance, westerners tend to highly value freedom while those from Asia place a higher importance on security. This one difference in mindset can completely change your interactions.

Freedom tends to be very individualistic while security has a more group mindset. For example, a person from Asia is very concerned about their job security and working for a prominent successful company. Westerners tend to be more loyal to their career path and taking the next steps forward.

From an interaction perspective, when you ask an Asian to “sponsor a project” internally in their organisation then it’s a REALLY big thing. They are essentially being asked to trust that you will deliver results….because if you don’t then their job security may be on the line.

Understanding these little but also substantial differences in culture is sometimes hard and requires all of us to be humble in the recognition of our differences. It’s sometimes tough being an alien in another country but it can also be extremely fulfilling.

I found my time in Macau incredibly exciting and it was great interacting with a completely different group of investors. I think that one of the best sessions I attend was moderated by Simon Cousins. He really opened up the whole language of Chinese culture that was brilliant. I could write a whole series of blogs on what Simon shared.

I would encourage everyone to attend DomainFest in Hong Kong next year as I believe that it will not only be an outstanding event but an opportunity to learn a little about the diversity of cultures in the world.

Have a great weekend!

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Michael Gilmour has been in business for over 32 years and has both a BSC in Electronics and Computer Science and an MBA. He was the former vice-chairman of the Internet Industry Association in Australia and is in demand as a speaker at Internet conferences the world over. He has also recently published his first science fiction book, Battleframe.

Michael is passionate about working with online entrepreneurs to help them navigate their new ventures around the many pitfalls that all businesses face. Due to demands on his time, Michael may be contacted by clicking here for limited consulting assignments.

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DomainFest Macau

DomainFest Macau

I'm now sitting at Hong Kong airport waiting for my plane to return me home to Melbourne Australia from DomainFest in Macau. The conference was an outstanding success on so many fronts that in the limited time I have before my flight I'll try to get through a few of them.

For a start, the organisation team from .Asia with ample support from Allegravita should be congratulated on hosting a great event. Of course, we must not forget all of the work that Jothan Frakes did to make it all happen.

It was wonderful meeting a lot of new domain investors from China and abroad that were seeking to learn further about our incredible industry. I'm really sorry that I didn't manage to get around to everyone as there was only so much time in the day.

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What I really enjoyed were a number of sessions that I attended outside of all of the meetings. I'm finding that with Simon Cousins able mentoring that I'm finally beginning to understand the nuiances of the Chinese domain space. I absolutely came away with a possible strategy for moving forward and engaging this incredibly diverse and massive market.

Edmon Chung (CEO of .Asia) presented an absolutely brilliant summary of the Chinese market that really opened my eyes up to the opportunities. I hope to get a copy of the presentation and share parts of it here on my blog.

It was also great catching up with old friends and have some good times with them. Many of us had a brilliant time at a Water show that was very reminiscent of Cirque de Soliel (I think that's the spelling!)

Sorry.....gotta go my flights's just called for boarding.

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Michael Gilmour has been in business for over 32 years and has both a BSC in Electronics and Computer Science and an MBA. He was the former vice-chairman of the Internet Industry Association in Australia and is in demand as a speaker at Internet conferences the world over. He has also recently published his first science fiction book, Battleframe.

Michael is passionate about working with online entrepreneurs to help them navigate their new ventures around the many pitfalls that all businesses face. Due to demands on his time, Michael may be contacted by clicking here for limited consulting assignments.

Cheers!

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DomainFest Macau - Here I come!

DomainFest Macau - Here I come!

Once again I find myself sitting in the Qantas club at Melbourne airport waiting for my plane to head to DomainFest in Macau. It's been a little while since Namescon earlier this year and I'm really excited to catch-up with many of my domaining friends and make some new ones.

So why do I make all of these long-haul journeys? No surprisingly, I've found the more you attend conferences, the more friends you make and the more business results. What's great is that  I'm now conducting business with friends not just partners or clients. We've known each other for so many years that in many cases I know all of their children as well.

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So when I look at DomainFest Macau I'm really hoping to not just "do business" but make new friends. It's taking the long-term view that helps build good solid businesses and long-lasting friendships.

I'm really looking forward to speaking at the conference and have been asked to be share in two sessions. It should be a great time.....and even more so as we work with a Chinese interpretter.

If you aren't going to DomainFest then it's not too late! It would be great to catch-up and swap domaining stories. In the meantime, my flights just been called so I'd better get going.

Safe travels everyone!

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Michael Gilmour has been in business for over 32 years and has both a BSC in Electronics and Computer Science and an MBA. He was the former vice-chairman of the Internet Industry Association in Australia and is in demand as a speaker at Internet conferences the world over. He has also recently published his first science fiction book, Battleframe.

Michael is passionate about working with online entrepreneurs to help them navigate their new ventures around the many pitfalls that all businesses face. Due to demands on his time, Michael may be contacted by clicking here for limited consulting assignments.

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DomainFest Asia - not long now!

DomainFest Asia - not long now!

I’m really excited about attending DomainFest in Macau. Once again Jothan Frakes and the team have put together an incredible event that is attracting many domain luminaries as well as individuals that are new to the industry.

For those that don’t know, Macau is an old Portuguese colony about an hours’ boat ride from Hong Kong. It’s known as the Vegas of south-east Asia and includes many of the familiar hotels from that famous city….such as, The Venetian and the Wynn.

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It’s a short 9 hour flight for me to Hong Kong and when the event was announced I couldn’t resist attending. As well as this, I think that it was a stroke of genius to put a conference on only a couple of hours’ time zone change for me! How could I say no?

As soon as I signed-up Jothan tapped me on the shoulder for a few panels which I always enjoy. This industry has given so much to me, that like my blog, it’s one of the ways I like to give back. If you’re attending then be prepared for some sessions of in-depth analysis and insights into the domain industry.

So what do I like most about attending conferences like DomainFest? It’s the attendees that really make the event. The industry fosters an entrepreneurial spirit that can’t help but inspire you forward in your own ventures. I’m certain that the many different conversations will open doors to incredible opportunities.

What’s going to be fantastic is meeting domain investors from all over Asia. From my experience they have a unique and often very different outlook on what it means to be a domainer. Whether you’re from India, Korea, China, Hong Kong or any of the many different countries in the region I would love to speak with you to get your thoughts on where you think the industry is headed.

For those of you that are wondering how to get to Macau the DomainFest.Asia website has a great video created by Simon Cousins. He literally takes you on a tour of exactly what to do to get from Hong Kong airport to the conference….many thanks for putting this together Simon!

DomainFest runs from Sept 4-7th and I believe that it will be an event that will become a regular fixture in the industry’s calendar. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

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Michael Gilmour has been in business for over 32 years and has both a BSC in Electronics and Computer Science and an MBA. He was the former vice-chairman of the Internet Industry Association in Australia and is in demand as a speaker at Internet conferences the world over. He has also recently published his first science fiction book, Battleframe.

Michael is passionate about working with online entrepreneurs to help them navigate their new ventures around the many pitfalls that all businesses face. Due to demands on his time, Michael may be contacted by clicking here for limited consulting assignments.

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The Domain Conference Awards!

The Domain Conference Awards!

I must admit that I'm pretty excited about attending the upcoming "Domain Conference" in Fort Lauderdale. I can't remember how many times I've traveled across the Pacific Ocean to attend a conference convened by Howard and Barbara Neu....and each one of them has been brilliant!

So now to the awards.....if you would like to nomiate a person for an award then you must send in the below form by the 20th August, 2015 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Don't forget to book your ticket as the event will be held on the 26-29th September at the prestigious Hyatt Regency in Fort Lauderdale.

You may nominate only one person in each category”:

The categories are:

DOMAIN DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR

I nominate _____________________________________________

DOMAIN BLOGGER OF THE YEAR

I nominate _____________________________________________

BEST REGISTRY OF THE YEAR

I nominate ______________________________________________

BEST REGISTRAR OF THE YEAR

I nominate _______________________________________________

DOMAIN BROKER OF THE YEAR

I nominate ______________________________________________________

DOMAIN INVESTOR OF THE YEAR

I nominate ______________________________________________________

BEST COMPANY IN THE INDUSTRY FOR 2015

I nominate ______________________________________________________

GOODWILL AMBASSADOR AWARD

I nominate ______________________________________________________

DOMAIN INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME

The following have already been inducted into the DOMAIN INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME: MIKE BERKENS, JOHN BERRYHILL, MONTE CAHN, DAVID CASTILLO, MICHAEL CASTILLO, MICHAEL CYGER, SCOTT DAY, ADAM DICKER, CHAD FOLKENNING, JEFF GABRIEL, RON JACKSON, RICK LATONA, IGAL LICHTMAN (Deceased), MIKE MANN, HOWARD NEU, SAHAR SARlD, FRANK SCHILLING, RICK SCHWARTZ, YUN YI

I nominate ______________________________________________________

I would like to wish everyone all the best in being nominated.

Cheers!

Michael

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