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Tips for showing respect for people from another culture

  • Through books, coaches, articles, DVDs, Web sites, and online or in-class training programs, familiarize yourself with the customs of the other culture before meeting with people from that culture.
  • If you're not sure about appropriate dress, choose a traditional business suit or other conservative, professional clothing.
  • Show individuals from the other culture your interest in learning about their lives. Ask appropriate questions, and listen to the answers.
  • Let the people you're meeting with set the pace for introducing, discussing, and negotiating business issues.
  • Adopt more formal behavior than you usually would; it will convey respect.
  • Mirror as many of the other person's customs as possible. For example, greet people from the other culture in their language and follow rules about gift-giving and entertaining.

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