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Another language altogether? Business etiquette
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Evert DELOOF-SYS  Identity Verified
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Feb 4, 2002

From FITA:

Although it sometimes seems like the business world is getting standardized, and people are all starting to dress and act the same, don\'t be fooled -- we\'re still a very diverse planet, and local customs have deep roots.

That\'s why you need a site like\'s Business Etiquette and Culture page at

This page has detailed instructions on how to conduct yourself in business settings in dozens of countries. You\'ll find everything from how to dress for a meeting in Italy (formal is best) to body language in Brazil (stand close to the other person and maintain eye contact) to scores of other topics. There\'s also a message board, and a new section with tips for women. This site will help you avoid gaffes that could undermine your business relationships.

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Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
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Reference Site on Cultural Issues Apr 14, 2010

A very interesting point - despite globalisation, cultural awareness is still important when you go abroad.

I have found an interesting site containing country guides about elementary cultural considerations:

It covers over 50 countries.

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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
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Another antique thread resuscitated Apr 14, 2010

At least, this time it's only 8 years old.

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Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
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Full bingo... Apr 15, 2010

Madeleine MacRae Klintebo wrote:

At least, this time it's only 8 years old.

and that makes it the 3th or 4th within some 7 days :-S

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