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“Unusual Overseas Etiquette”


In case you were wondering about how etiquette varies depending on where you are, read on. The following is from the News.com.au story titled “Unusual overseas etiquette.”

IF you kiss in public, forget to flush the toilet or wear a mask you may be surprised to find yourself in hot water in some countries.

Below are some lesser-known acts that may breach the etiquette rules of some of the most popular tourist destinations around the world.

St. Louis, Missouri, US

It is actually illegal for firemen to rescue women who are still in their nightdresses or other various underwear attire. Interestingly, it’s also illegal to sit on the curb of any city street and drink beer from a bucket.

United Arab Emirates

Public nudity is a criminal offence in the UAE and a kiss on the cheek can Read more »

Can Silence be Eloquent?

The Japanese are known for their periods of silence in business negotiations.

Americans are uncomfortable with silence and feel an internal obligation to fill the silence with words, often making comments that tip their hand.

But do the Japanese really set out to use silence as a tool to gain competitive advantage in negotiations as many think? Not really.

The following excerpt from an article titled “Can Silence Be Eloquent?” on the WIN Advisory web site provides valuable insight into why silence is important in Japanese culture. Read more »

Cross Cultural Strategies – Not Just for Big Business Anymore

“What are you talking about? Cross Cultural Strategies? You mean like those giant US companies that do business overseas? No. That doesn’t affect me.”

If you had thoughts like that when you read this headline, read on. You are in for a big surprise. As an employee or as small local business, either on line or on the street, you more than likely communicate across cultures every day and you didn’t even know it.

When you are shopping or go to work, do you deal with persons with a different cultural background than yourself? Then you are using communicating across cultures. Read more »

3 Easy Steps to Attract International Business Through Your Website

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Author: Cindy King

Your online business can have global visibility. But is your message getting across to different cultures as you expect it? Are you able to adapt quickly to global market opportunities you see pop up? Or would you like to know how to quickly target different international audiences, with little investment on your part?

With a little thought and some careful preparation you can have an effective international presence through your current local business. Sure, language skills can help you open doors. But careful consideration to different cultures can give you a great advantage.

Get more business from non-native English speakers

Today there are more non-native English speakers in the global web market than there are native English speakers. And the e-businesses in many foreign language countries is expanding rapidly.

Today you need to know if your sales message Read more »