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Ta'rof - Understanding Iranian Culture

Ta'rof - Understanding Iranian Culture

Things are heating up in Iran at the moment. We can tell. Why? Because as new markets open up we usually see this reflected in the countries we provide cultural awareness courses for; and you guessed it, the demand for Iran is big.

On occasion when the help needed by our clients is specific enough, I deliver some of our Iran cultural awareness courses.

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Business Meeting Etiquette

Business Meeting Etiquette

Business etiquette is essentially about building relationships with colleagues, clients or customers.

In the business world, it is these people that can influence your success or failure.

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Business Card Etiquette

Business Card Etiquette

When doing business abroad it is important to understand the local culture.

Culture includes areas such as a country's norms, values, behaviours, food, architecture, fashion and art. However, one area of culture that is important for the international business person is etiquette.

Understanding business etiquette allows you to feel comfortable in your dealings with foreign friends, colleagues, customers or clients. Knowing what to do and say in the right places will help build trust and open lines of communication.

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Etiquette and Doing Business Abroad

Etiquette and Doing Business Abroad

Would you drink fermented mare’s milk with your new potential Mongolian business partners to seal a deal? Or would you politely decline? The answer may come down to the strength of your stomach or your awareness of local etiquette.

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Italian Hotel Owner Creates Etiquette 101 for Rude Russian Tourists

Italian Hotel Owner Creates Etiquette 101 for Rude Russian Tourists

Russians have a reputation for being loud and rowdy tourists when they travel abroad. However, this might soon be a thing of the past as an Italian hotel owner has created an etiquette guide for Russians who are visiting Italy this summer to try and temper their 'uncouth' ways.

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Business Etiquette Apps: The Top Ten

Business Etiquette Apps: The Top Ten

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.

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Ramadan: The Business of Fasting

Ramadan: The Business of Fasting

Did you know Ramadan changes every year? It is not always on the same date like Christmas or New Year. That is because the Islamic calendar is lunar. Whenever Ramadan starts millions of working men and women from Morocco to Saudi Arabia to Indonesia will be fasting from dawn till dusk as of next week. Life changes for 30 days inevitably having an impact on business.

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Business Etiquette in Ghana

Business Etiquette in Ghana

Based on my experiences of organising business meetings in Ghana, of which I wrote about in yesterday's blog post, I am going to elaborate on business etiquette in general, with the hope to give a few more insights, explanations and tips for doing business in Ghana.

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Business in Ghana: “There’s no food for a lazy man”

Business in Ghana: “There’s no food for a lazy man”

“There’s no food for a lazy man”; a common saying displayed all over Accra, and one heard too. In Ghana there are many proverbs to illustrate the values of Ghanaian people, and this one just stood out today (first day here!).

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Chinese Etiquette School based on British Manners

Chinese Etiquette School based on British Manners

After decades of spitting, burping and littering, China seems to be ready for an Etiquette Revolution! And how are they overthrowing these bad manners? With a touch of good ole fashioned British courtesies.

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Doing Business in The Middle East

Doing Business in The Middle East

The Middle East is an area which carries many stereotypes and myths. Before doing business in the Middle East it is imperative to learn about areas such as business culture, business etiquette, meeting protocol and negotiation techniques.  Through such knowledge stereotypes are broken and barriers to communication reduced.

When doing business in the Middle East, it is wise to bear in mind the great diversity within the region. However, a common religion, language and culture make the highlighting of general traits and features for the region valid.

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International Business Etiquette App for iPhone

 



Commisceo have today launched their first App for the iPhone.

The 'International Business Etiquette' App features information for business travellers on topics such as language, culture, etiquette and business protocol.

To download to your iPhone please go to the App Store and search under "international business etiquette".

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