An Insider’s advice to making the most of your networking experiences
Against the backdrop of today competitive global marketplace, etiquette, manners, cross cultural, or intercultural communication have become critical elements required for all business executives, managers, and employees. Going global is not a simple task. With India and China emerging as world economies, cross -cultural protocol is no longer relegated to diplomats but must now be considered a business imperative.
Communicating across cultures can often be confusing and uncertain
As the founder of Kaleidoscope/Get Konnected a cross–cultural business networking event for urban and international business executives and professionals of all cultures, I would like offer the following do’s and don’t’s that can help you avoid embarrassing gaffes, faux pas and misunderstandings and communicate effectively across cultures.
1. Do your homework:
Research ahead of time what is an appropriate greeting among business men and women in particular culture. For example is it a nod, a handshake, a bow, names etc.) In the Asian culture particularly Japanese and Chinese a nod or bow is an appropriate and acceptable form of greeting. For women while I do not advocate subservience to blend with a particular culture, I do recommend that you be a reserved version of yourself.
2. Do pay attention and be observant:
If you are in doubt about what to do observe what others are doing, discern what seems to be the “norm” and then follow suit. For example Wait to be seated if you are sitting down. You don’t want to sit in the most important seat if you are not the most important person at the table.