In addition to learning a new language, or at least a few key phrases, you should also become familiar with the ins-and-outs of the business etiquette followed in the country you’re visiting. For example, Brazil has a different take on personal space, compared to the U.S., often greeting others very closely in order to inspire trust. Whereas countries like Brazil and Spain are known for discussing personal life before a meeting begins, conversation in Germany and Russia is formal and direct.
Clearly, business culture drastically varies across the world leaving us scrambling to figure out whether we should greet with a handshake, or with a bow? At what point, if any, can you refer to someone by their first name? How, and in what language, should you present your business card?
These and other questions, like what to expect from a business conversation, can be answered with this simple infographic from ForexTime. The foreign exchange broker company gathered the information from business translation specialists and Forbes magazine.
Business Etiquette from Around the World – An infographic by the team at Forex Time
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