…that when doing business with the Chinese, the most important member of your organization should lead important meetings? The Chinese value rank and status, so never send your junior manager to close a deal in China.
…when meeting a Chinese businessman, you should present and receive a business card with both hands?
…that you should avoid the ‘OK ‘ sign in Japan because there it means money?
… that the Japanese prefer not to use the word ‘no’? If you ask a question, they may simply respond with a ‘yes’ but clearly mean’ no’. Understanding this is critical in the negotiation process.
…that in Japan it is perfectly acceptable to slurp your noodles? Doing so will exhibit your enjoyment of otherwise, it indicates was not a pleasant.
…that in Spain you should be prepared for chaotic negotiations? Often numerous people will be speaking simultaneously. Negotiations can be an extremely arduous task, so rush to close a deal with Spaniard;
… that dinner in served after 9:00p may want to take of the siesta and
… that gift giving is limited by many companies? A gracious written note is always appropriate and acceptable (if you do give a gift, it should not appear to be a bribe, of course).
… that privacy is very important to the English? Therefore asking personal questions or intensely staring at another person should be avoided. To signal that something is to be kept confidential or secret, tap your nose.
… that one gesture to be avoided in Great Britain is the V for Victory sign, done with the palm facing yourself? This is a very offensive gesture.
…that in India the head is considered the seat of the soul? Never touch someone else’s head, not even to pat the hair of a child.
… that you should not thank your Indian hosts at the end of a meal? “Thank you” is considered a form of payment and therefore insulting.
…that in the United Arab Emirates it is better to avoid admiring an item to an excess or your host may feel obligated to give it to you? When offered a gift, it is impolite to refuse.
… that when having a meeting in the UAE, the person at a meeting who asks the most questions is likely to be the least important? The decision maker is likely a silent observer.
…that the “thumbs up” gesture in the UAE can be considered offensive by some?
…that you should not sit with your legs crossed in Egypt? Showing the sole of your shoe is considered an insult to another person.
… that in Taiwan winking is inappropriate in any situation?
… that you should not give gifts of alcohol or pork in Indonesia? A perfume is also not a good idea since it is made with alcohol, nor is any leather product made from pigskin (due to Muslim religion).
… that in Hong Kong the colour white is synonymous with death, and names are usually written in the following order : the last name, the middle name and the first name?
… that in Brazil, good conversation topics are: soccer, family, and children, and bad conversation topics are: Argentina, politics, poverty, religion, and the Rain Forest?
Autor: Ljiljana Breulj Štimac