As corporate travelers begin heading back out in the world it pays to take a look, once again, at cultural differences and examine those cultural norms which are taken for granted in other countries, but may present stumbling blocks to American attempting to do business overseas.
When meeting with your counterparts in foreign countries, there are many aspects to consider. How should you approach the handshake? (In Mexico, women are expected to initiate handshakes.) Should you make strong eye contact? What about rank? In China it is crucial to consider social standing when introducing colleagues, naming the most powerful players first.
When dining together, what kind of etiquette is expected? Is it okay to talk business, or is it considered rude?
The way you dress is vital in some countries, and much less important in others. Body language is also important. In Japan, making hand gestures excessively or sitting with your legs crossed is considered rude.
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