Monday, March 14, 2011
Public Speaking - International Best Foot Forward
Put Your Best Foot Forward Mexico/Canada
Do not call Mexicans by their first name until invited to do so.
Mexicans hold a handshake, squeeze of the arm, or a hug longer than people from the United States and Canada do.
Do not give a knife or a letter opener as a gift. This symbolizes the severing of friendship.
In Canada, do not take sides in debates about contentious national issues such as the place of English and French languages in Canadian society.
If going to Quebec, have business cards printed on one side in English and the other side in French.
Realize that Canadians get down to business quickly. Meetings are well organized and extraneous discussion is kept to a minimum.
Put Your Best Foot Forward Europe
Humor is everpresent in English life. It is normally self-effacing, sarcastic, and sexist. (This doesn't mean that you, as an outsider, can joke about what they joke about.)
In France, never violate the French sense of privacy! Never ask personal questions such as income, address, job, etc.
In Germany, men rise when a woman enters the room, except at a business meeting.
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