International Etiquette

Professionals who are doing global business must know the etiquette of the places where they travel. This Fox News video shares some examples with us.
  • In Russia, Vodka is not meant to be mixed with other drinks. People should also expect to finish drinking a whole bottle if they open one and put the empty bottle on the floor.
  • In Japan (also in Korea), never pour a drink on one’s own. Alcohol or tea must be poured by somebody else.
  • In Asian, always use both hands to give or receive something such as letters, business cards, brochures, etc. (This is my personal comment).
  • In Thailand, it is fine to pick on one’s nose in front of others (I actually doubt about this one).
  • Some body languages may mean completely different things in different cultures and/or countries.
  • Drinks may not be served with ice. As matter of fact, many Asian women prefer to drink warm or room-temperature water or tea. Americans may have to ask for ice if traveling to an international location.
  • And so forth …
It is important that we respect other people’s culture and traditions. It never hurts to ask people what are the Does and Don’ts in their culture. How much do you value international etiquette? What “interesting” traditions did you experience in an international location? Before you travel, what research will you do to understand the etiquette of the destination(s)?
 

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