Sometimes business etiquette can be downright bizarre. Small things could make or break a business relationship, like how you greet someone to how you accept their business card. Here are seven unusual business customs from around the world.
Karaoke in South Korea
How’s your singing voice? In South Korean, if your business hosts take you out for dinner, they are likely to expect you to engage in Noraebang or karaoke.
Take your time in Italy
In Italy, business is personal, and a foundation based on trust and friendly communication will give you more success than an all-business, all-the-time approach. Sit back, relax and enjoy the slow pace of Italian life.
Lean in for an air kiss in Belgium
Instead of a handshake, Belgians prefer the “air kiss.” Strangers will shake hands at first, but once a relationship has been established, your Belgian business hosts will greet each other with three air kisses; one on the right cheek, then the left and back to the right cheek. By not giving the kisses, or not following the right order when giving them, you will be considered disrespectful.
Don’t be late Down Under
If you are travelling for business in Australia, best set your alarm. Punctuality is critical – if you are late, you could be perceived as disorganised by your hosts.
Take a gift to China
Make sure you have a gift ready when you show up for a business meeting in China – but don’t be surprised when it gets refused! It’s customary to refuse a gift three times before accepting it.
Go right to left in Ghana
Always greet people from right to left in Ghana, with your right hand. Follow this order regardless of the age, gender or status of the people you are greeting.
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