Did you know that in Japan it is customary to compliment someone on their business card before putting it away when you receive it? If you don’t, it is considered a sign of disrespect in the business world. We learned this at the Practicum in Business class’ second major presentation titled “Business Etiquettes Around the World” held on Wednesday, 14th October 2020.
Each of the 15 students zeroed in on a country and its business etiquettes to explain some of the ways in which the world conducts meetings and deals. Here is one interesting fact from each of the countries
- Jamil Daoud: In Portugal, it is considered rude to not open a gift you received on the spot.
- Aseel Al Anqar: In China, business men will never put their business cards in their wallets, it is considered in poor taste.
- Alaa Makhoul: In France, the French businessmen like to be called by their last name and more likely to give you an air kiss once they are familiar with you.
- Abdullah Al-Suffar: In South Korea business comes first and you are regarded as building a
full-time relationship with them.
- Sara Alhatou: Russian businessmen will make you wait before attending to you as a power play, but if you are late, it is gravely frowned upon.
- Jude Massad: In Germany, every business meeting and transaction is very formal and they don’t take too kindly to deviating off topic.
- Ayoub Mchanna: Once Japanese businessmen become comfortable with you, they will add “san” to your name as a sign of respect. Writing in red ink is a sign of shortening someone’s life and therefore not something you would want to do during a business meeting.
- Abdullah Nassar: In the United States, people really like their personal space, so it is very clear when one favors you. Also, it’s considered absolutely rude to use your phone while in a meeting or when closing a deal.
- Omar Lubbad: Gift giving in Canada isn’t part of the norm in business meetings but they are
very appreciated after a business deal is done.
- Bader Abu Ajeeneh: In the United Kingdom, people tend to over apologize and they appreciate the use of “please” and “thank you.”
- Laila Lubbad: Most of the business meetings in Mexico will be over a meal and be very casual.
- Zaid Hijazi: When it comes to business, Australians are very casual and like to conduct
business in open spaces.
- Ahmad Ahmad: In Brazil, giving gifts that appear too expensive might be considered a bribe.
- Ahmed Al Hassan: Being patient and understanding is something that Spanish businessmen value in a business deal. It is also imperative to not mock their accent.
- Al Maha Al Thani: In Morocco, green tea is always served as a sign of good hospitality.
“I really enjoyed watching the young businessmen and women present and was proud of their presentation skills. I feel like I actually learned some new things about business that I really didn’t know and it was exciting to learn from our students,” said Ms. Nessrein Sbaitah, Chief Teaching and Learning Officer. “Thank
you to Ms. Kathleen Nelson for the invitation and we hope to see more from your amazing students soon.”