Doing Business Around The World

10 Nov

            So Tuesday (11/9/10) in my PR Applications class with Barbara Nixon we stirred things up a bit, we traveled around the world. The class broke into groups and each group was assigned a different country. With a country assigned it was their job to find out some professional “Do’s and Don’ts” when working in that country. The countries we took a look at include Germany, Japan, China, Mexico, Canada, and Israel. I really enjoyed looking at how professional customs can be so different depending on the country. For instance do I bring a gift or do I not? Do I make strong eye contact or no? These are just a few of the many questions that people need to know the answers to when doing business in another country.

            My group was assigned Canada.

A few of the Do’s we came up with

  • Shake hands, good friends kiss on the cheek
  • Knowing French would be a good idea since both English and French are considered the official language
  • Know some stuff about hockey-it’s pretty big over there

Some Don’ts:

  • Don’t say “Eh” after statements. It’s not as common, or as funny as you may think.
  • Don’t disrespect wildlife. Critters are pretty important over there, especially the horse and the beaver.

Aside from learning about Canada I learned a lot of cool things about the other countries as well. For instance in Mexico if a woman makes eye contact with a man she if flirting with him. Or in China you shouldn’t accept compliments right away, or if you’re in Germany you probably don’t want to bring up the Holocaust or Hitler. (I’d like to assume that one is common sense.)

Anyways if you are planning on doing work or interacting in other countries make sure to take the time to know the cultural Dos and Don’ts.

Happy Travels!

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3 Responses to “Doing Business Around The World”

  1. ebluemling November 15, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    That was such a great time in class. It was out of the ordinary and I learned so much about other countries as well. I love to become more familiar with other cultures and learn how to live like them as well. The country that me and my group was assigned was Canada. Even though Canada is right next to the United States, there is still so much for us Americans to learn and appreciate about their culture as well. For example, Canada has two official languages. They are French and English.

  2. hdodson November 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    Cool project! I love traveling, so I always think it’s interesting to see different cultures and do’s and do nots.

    What was the most extreme culture difference?

    • kewood10 November 30, 2010 at 10:51 am #

      I would probably say China or Japan had the biggest difference from the ones we looked at.

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