It’s not that difficult to adapt the business norms of your own culture, western business norms are far easy than the business norms of other nationalities. All you have to do is be punctual, shake hands firmly, be confident and address people with their first name. Yes, it is that simple. However if you are about to engage in international business then you need to change the game and you need to learn the customs of that country’s business dealings. So when you are on your next business class flight use that time in learning and following the tips given below to handle international business dealings.
Greeting Colleagues And Seniors
If you are in a country like Japan then you know it well a hand shake won’t do here. If you are meting someone for the first time in this country then it best that you bow down rather than shake hand. To make a good impression for the first time its best to make a respectable bow and address that person by their correct name.
In some cultures people are advised to dress in serious colors like black, grey or brown. But in some countries like Japan and in the Middle East one can were different colors to put a good impression. Women should dress in skirts below knee length, because wearing trousers in these countries is uncommon.
In western culture if you arrive for a meeting late it is not considered good, it’s actually considered highly unprofessional. But in other parts of the world like Latin America or Middle East if you find yourself waiting then don’t consider it rude its normal there. Use this time for going through the business plan, don’t seem to be frustrated or annoyed. But if you are in countries like China, America or Europe then remember to be on time as they have zero tolerance for people who are late.
Business cards seem to be an old trend in the Western culture but in some parts of the world it is still considered to be the true representation of a person. In Japan or China offering a business card is considered to be highly professional. When you receive a business card take it with your both hands, study it carefully and don’t stuff it in your pocket.
Chocolate and wine is considered the best official gift in some cultures. But in countries like UAE giving alcohol is considered as a great insult. Always before giving a gift do some research on the culture and the person whom you are giving the gift.
In some countries business lunch takes place when the meeting has ended and in some places it takes place in evenings, no matter whether it’s time for tea. No matter what the case is, learn the dining etiquette of the host country and also check whether giving a tip is encouraged or considered as an insult.
Esme Craig is a freelance writer and a history teacher, she loves to travel and explore different cultures due to the subject that she teaches, she works for Business World Travel as a travel blogger.