Do you travel abroad for work? Want to make sure you're holding your fork correctly, saying the right things and giving a good impression? Then check out these ten apps for international etiquette.
Imagine you are on a business trip to India and you didn't know that you should never give Indian people something with your left hand because it is regarded as the “bad” hand.
It is always important to consider certain rules and customs that are characteristic of a culture to avoid offending other people and to build good, strong relationships.
Below you can find a list of 10 iTunes Apps; whether you’re preparing for a business dinner or you just want to be dressed appropriately, these apps have it all!
1. App Name: International Business Etiquette
by Kwintessential Ltd
Basic Information: Understanding other people's languages, cultures, etiquettes and taboos is of great value to the traveller or visiting business person. Choose the country of interest and you will get information on language, society, culture, business and social etiquette pointers.
2. App Name: CultureGPS Professional
Basic Information: Scope of CultureGPS Professional includes:
• introduction to the 5D-model to describe cultural differences
• for more than 100 countries/regions look up and get insight into their cultural characteristics
• assess your personal cultural profile
• compare your personal profile with a specific country or compare two countries to identify their cultural differences
• obtain detailed recommendations when dealing with managers, employees, (virtual) team members or with customers from another cultural background.
3. App Name: Table Manners – Italian Style
by Michele Aiello
Basic Information: "Table Manners" will recall the most important etiquette to be observed at formal lunches and dinners, which traditionally are the best occasions to display good manners.
4. App Name: Saudi Arabia CultureGuide©
by Dean Foster Associates
Basic Information: You can make your trip more successful and fulfilling with expert information on Saudi culture
(or any other country) and behaviour from Dean Foster Associates, a cross-cultural training organization for international businesses. Based on decades of cultural training experience, it offers practical and immediately usable tips for getting the most out of your trip to Saudi Arabia. Sections on business etiquette and conduct cover greetings, and the exchange of business cards; proper seating at business dinners; how to behave when invited to a private home; how and what to eat; the intricacies of gift giving; and much more.
5. App Name: The Etiquette App
by Cult Creative
Link : https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-etiquette-app/id477773483?mt=8
Price: £ 0.69
Basic Information: If you are in a business meeting or at a business dinner with people from around the world and you don’t want to inadvertently insult somebody, there is a compiled database full of relevant etiquette information and advice. Best of all, it is always updating the information and updated information can be received all the time.
6. App Name: Compare Cultures
by Kwintessential Ltd
Basic Information: Compare Cultures uses statistical data from Professor Hofstede in a graphical form to illustrate where potential gaps exist between cultures. These gaps are identified through "dimensions" such as Power Distance and Individualism. The graph allows the user to click on a dimension and get tips on how to overcome cross-cultural challenges. The App is great for anyone who travels abroad a lot for work and needs some intercultural tips and pointers. It's also perfect for anyone into intercultural communication and global working.
7. App Name: Pocket Etiquette
by Hurryforward Ltd
Basic Information: Pocket Etiquette is a handy guide to etiquette for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app covers five main areas: Business, Dress Code, Entertaining, Food & Drink and Table Manners. Advice ranges from conventions established in distant history, such as the rules for passing the Port, to modern recommendations for dealing with cell phones and text messaging.
8. App Name: Country Facts 2013
by Raphael Odermatt
Basic Information: Interested in figures and facts of countries worldwide? You like to know everything about the nation you visit? Download this country fact comparator. Compare country key figures side-by-side.
9. App Name: Modern Etiquette HD
by Hurryforward Ltd
Basic Information: Modern Etiquette HD is a handy guide to etiquette for the iPad. The app covers five main areas: Business, Dress Code, Entertaining, Food & Drink and Table Manners. Advice ranges from conventions established in distant history, such as the rules for passing the Port, to modern recommendations for dealing with cell phones and text messaging.
10. App Name: The Man’s Closet Free
by Adrian Baudy
Basic Information: The Man's Closet is the ultimate app for the tech-savy
professional, well-dressed gentleman who wants his shirt and tie picked out for him. By using your camera you can automatically enter and categorize your entire collection of
shirts and ties.
So now you have no excuses when you travel abroad! Download them and read through on your flight or when killing time at the airport.Researched and written for the Culture Vulture by Maja Bilbija