The business world is more globally connected every day because of technology, and if you’re out there trying to find international customers for your goods and services, you need to learn more about the people you will be meeting.
Nikki Jarvis, head of business development for Thinker in Chicago, has traveled to more than 30 countries and learned several cultural differences that are important to know if you want to build successful relationships. For example:
Jarvis has experienced these cultural differences firsthand. If you are making a trip to a new country, do your homework. There are several good stories on this. A 2013 story from Entrepreneur (“How to Avoid Cultural Missteps When Doing Business With Other Countries“) boiled it down pretty succinctly:
A point that is not on here but should be is … enjoy the trip. The world is a big place with lots to see. Golfer Ben Hogan, who was not known for especially pithy quotes, did have one that everyone should live by:
“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.”