Know How To Manage Cultural Differences
When You Travel On Business Abroad
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

12 Tips for Global Business Travelers
by Sondra Sen

 

 

 

1

Learn something about the country, local customs, and cultural sensitivities to avoid making faux pas while abroad.

2

Err on the side of formality. Be low-key in dress, manners, and behavior.

3

Don't rush greetings and introductions in an effort to get down to business quickly.

4

Expect your meetings and negotiations to be longer than anticipated. Build more time into schedules.

5

Don't show impatience or irritation. Politeness and respect matter.

6

Express yourself carefully. Accents, idioms, and business jargon may be unfamiliar.

 

 

7

Listen attentively to show that you care about what is being said.  >>>

8

Indicate a sincere interest in your colleagues, their concerns and issues, to build win-win solutions >>>

9

Don't put global colleagues on the spot or cause loss of face by being too direct or expecting a "yes" or "no" answer.

10

Avoid public criticism or comparison with your own country.

11

Familiarize yourself with customs surrounding gift-giving and business entertaining.

12

Build relationships and trust, which is the key to successful global partnerships.

 

 

 

Bonus Tip

If you travel by private jet, check if you should tip your flight crew. The customs in each country may vary so  check with a private jet charter broker who can provide some advice.

 

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