Basic Tips for Conducting Business Overseas
There might come a time in your business career when you wish to take your business contacts overseas. This might come up in the form of having a business meeting with an overseas partner who can help you with your designer jewelry business or a major conference within the business that is held overseas. Whatever the occasion is there is a certain amount of etiquette that is required when you are conducting business overseas.
Here are some tips that will help you conduct your business overseas a little easier.
Read up on Latest News. It is a good idea to read up on the latest news and events that are going on in the country that you are visiting. This will allow you to take part in conversations with other business partners. It will also help you understand if certain topics might be considered off limits.
Try and Learn the Language. Most overseas companies do not expect you to know how to speak their native language fluently but it gives off a very good first impression if you have learned some of the basic words and phrases of the country you are visiting. Try and learn how to say “hello”, “Good-bye” and several other common phrases in the native language.
Practice Proper Names. Nothing is worse than walking into a business meeting and mispronouncing the overseas CEO’s name wrong. Practice saying the names out loud several times before you actually get to the county. This will prevent any slip-ups from occurring while you are in a meeting.
Eat the Local Food. Cuisine and local food is major to some countries. As a rule of thumb never turn down any type of local cuisine that is offered to you. Always try to take a bite of the food and give it a try. You do not need to finish the plate off but it is a good idea to try some so you do not end up offending people.