Foreign Formality: Greeting business contacts in other countries

by epi on July 12, 2013

Q: When I travel for abroad for business, I think it is important to be aware of differences in customary greetings. Do you have any suggestions or resources where I could find some quick tips for greetings in different parts of the world?

A: You are correct! It is very important to be aware of such differences and to acknowledge that what you are accustomed to may not be the most accepted way to greet someone from a foreign culture. Being respectful and considerate of those differences will make introductions and interactions more pleasurable for both parties.

You can refer to this article in our Etipedia for more information on customs in other parts of the world: http://www.emilypost.com/everyday-manners/your-personal-image/70-a-great-handshakeat-home-or-abroad-

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Mariette's Back to Basics July 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Having been International Consultants for decades we did learn a lot from the books by Mary Murray Bosrock on International Communication and Behavior, especially for Asia. In the 90s her books were offered as a special package by Northwest Airlines and they have proven to be very valuable. With our world becoming more and more a global market this is a very important subject. Thanks again for putting this forward.

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