When you don’t talk business can be as important as when you do. In Britain, for instance, as soon as the day is done, so is business. Nothing will turn your hosts off faster than continuing shoptalk in the pub or over dinner.
Always put money in an envelope before handing it to a Japanese person. This applies to business situations, as well as payments such as monthly rent. When giving a gift of money, buy a decorative money envelope in which to enclose the cash.
When invited to the home of an Arab businessman for dinner, skip your previous meal so that you have a keen appetite. Proper appreciation of a meal is shown by eating large quantities.
In Indonesia, China and Japan, there is often the effort to try to avoid saying ‘no’ directly to a person for fear of appearing rude, defiant or offending the other person’s ‘face’ (personal integrity). Saying ‘yes’ is much preferred, even though it is actually a ‘no’. Therefore, if unsure whether the ‘yes’ is a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’, it is best to repeat the request, then follow up.
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In Turkey, there is an expression that is equivalent to “buyer beware.” Kurtlu baklanin kor alicisi olur literally means “The buyer of rotten beans is the blind man.” When doing business in Turkey, it is your responsibility – not the seller’s – to thoroughly check out the goods before you buy.
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