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India's Caste System

Many Westerners have heard of India's caste system, but a thorough understanding of its ins and outs is still relatively uncommon. The following sections reveal the nitty-gritty of the caste system. [more…]

Body Language and Business Etiquette

Body language can make or break a deal. How you carry yourself when engaged in conversation is often as important as what you say. Body language is nonverbal, but it communicates volumes about you nonetheless [more…]

India: From Ancient Economy to British Colony

India can lay claim to one of the world's oldest civilizations, and its economic history is truly long and complicated. [more…]

Selling Tips: Mastering the Meet and Greet

Your first meeting with a prospective client can set the entire tone for your relationship. Here are some guidelines to ensure that your relationship has a positive start: [more…]

E-Mail Etiquette on the Job

A couple years ago, e-mail surpassed postal mail as the highest-volume carrier of messages. Its popularity has been booming ever since and shows no signs of stopping. Though volumes have been written about [more…]

Making a Good First Impression in India

First impressions are important wherever you go, and business etiquette can change quickly as you move from country to country. The good news is that Indians welcome the opportunity to work with foreigners [more…]

Mingling Effectively at Company Gatherings

Believe it or not, mingling is a vitally important business skill. Mingling well demonstrates that you're a friendly, open, and engaged person who is interested in other people. Mingling poorly shows others [more…]

Religious Business Ceremonies in India

Religion is a way of life in India, and religious business ceremonies are common occurrences. Everything a Hindu does is an act offered up to God, and emphasis is placed on the acts themselves, not rewards [more…]

Indian Economic Law

If you want to do business in India, it is important to recognize some essential economic laws in India. These include laws framed as early as 1872 (which are still applicable) as well as those framed [more…]

Understanding Consumers in China

To do business successfully in China, or anywhere for that matter, you must remember one of the first rules of marketing: Know thy customer. The demographics of the consumer class in China aren't like [more…]

Money Matters in China

If you travel to China, for business or pleasure, you need to understand how Chinese money works so you can exchange currency and go about your business without fear of being conned or scammed. And you [more…]

Respecting Racial and Ethnic Differences on the Job

Stereotyping, ridiculing, demeaning, or insulting other people is always a mistake. In business, this behavior can be disastrous. Racial and ethnic differences can be especially complex, particularly in [more…]

Putting India's Right To Information Act to Good Use

Discovering the best methods for procuring information from the Indian government makes life much easier for you as you set up and grow your business. Lucky for you, a recent legislative development has [more…]

Selling Business-to-Business in China

You can break down business-to-business (B2B) selling in China into the broad categories of products and services.The large product categories of B2B sales in China are [more…]

Maintaining Proper Etiquette when You Visit Someone Else's Business

In the course of doing business, you'll likely have to visit other offices, warehouses, or showrooms in an official capacity. Whether you're buying parts, negotiating an advertising deal, or trying to [more…]

Doing Business in a Multicultural Environment

Along with the cultural diversity inherent in the global marketplace comes confusion about how to behave. People don’t always know how to interact with others from different ethnic and racial backgrounds [more…]

How to Master the Business Handshake

What is a proper handshake? In a business situation, you’re expected to offer a firm handshake to your business associate or client. A firm handshake with good eye contact communicates self-confidence. [more…]

Business Voicemail Etiquette

A voicemail message from your business's top client could make or break your business, so provide an appropriate greeting on your voicemail system and get back to the caller as soon as you can. When you [more…]

Conference Call Business Etiquette

Some conference calls, for smaller business groups, consist of several people calling in to a conference-call line at one participant’s business office. That person conferences everyone together by pressing [more…]

How to Organize a Business Lunch at a Restaurant

You can organize a business meal, especially a business lunch, to be both enjoyable and professional. Organizing a business lunch implies neither the informality of a breakfast meeting nor the formality [more…]

How to Organize a Social Event for Your Business

Planning a business-related social event, whether a weekend picnic or formal business dinner, requires a firm plan that you follow to the letter. Whatever the social event, you can follow the same basic [more…]

How to Make a Toast at a Business Event

Making a toast reflects your esteem for the person that you're toasting. Toasts can be made with wine or any other beverage. Traditionally, you do not toast to yourself, although some people now think [more…]

Making Sense of Business-Dinner Table Settings

The table settings for business dinners can range from a basic table setting to a complex formal-dining table setting. To get your business-dinner table manners up to par, you need to know what table-setting [more…]

Playing Sports as Part of a Business Outing

Playing sports with business clients or business associates comes with business-specific sport-playing etiquette rules. Keep these business-outing sports tips in mind while you enjoy yourself: [more…]

How to Recognize Employee and Client Life Events

All employees and clients experience significant life events, and you should recognize those life events respectfully. Acknowledge these special times with employees and clients, taking into account each [more…]

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