If you are travelling to another country on business not researching their etiquette and customs is inexcusable.
The news is quite full of amusing and not so funny stories of tourists getting themselves into trouble while visiting foreign countries. If you are travelling to another country on business not researching their etiquette and customs is inexcusable. An attitude of we will do it ‘my way’ will not win you the contract or relationship you have invested a lot of time and money to bring to fruition.
In some countries business women will have a particularly challenging time. Patience has to be the rule of thumb as you cannot re-write what are often centuries of tradition. Again do your research and if you can reach out to others who have recently visited your intended destination. Business etiquette for women travelling abroad
While you think you are there solely to pitch a deal or contract many businesses especially in Europe will want to get to know you on a social level. Invitations to share a meal provide them with an opportunity to assess your social skills and table manners. The conversation will not be all business having knowledge about your host company’s business culture as well as basic facts about their country will put you at an advantage.
An etiquette breach in the Middle East can have repercussions so be especially well prepared for this complex and fascinating culture.
Last but not least always dress well this is one constant no matter what continent you are on.
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