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Doing Business in Saudi Arabia as a Woman

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If you’re looking for guidance on being a foreign businesswoman in Saudi Arabia, then you’re off to a good start.

Researching Saudi culture and society demonstrates you already have some awareness that things work a little differently in Saudi Arabia.

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Three Tips for Doing Business in Canada and Navigating the Culture

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If you’re off to Canada on business, then it’s important to make a great impression from the get-go!

Learning about the country, people and their business culture will go a long way in helping you succeed.

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What are 3 Core Values of Canadian Business Culture?

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Work with Canadians or doing business in Canada?

In this blog, we're going to explore 3 core values that shape Canadian culture and business.

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The Canadian Communication Style

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How do Canadians communicate?

Well, different cultures communicate in different ways and Canada is no different.

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The Culture of Time in the Arab World

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Cultures experience time in different ways.

When working across cultures, this can cause problems.

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A Brief Introduction to Judaism

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Want to learn the basics about Judaism?

Welcome to our quick intro to the religion of the Jews!

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Business Card Etiquette Abroad

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When doing business abroad it is important to understand the local culture.

Culture includes areas such as a country's norms, values, behaviours, food, architecture, fashion and art.

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The Basics of Business Meeting Etiquette

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Business etiquette is essentially about building relationships with colleagues, clients or customers.

In the business world, it is these people that can influence your success or failure.

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Cross Cultural Negotiations in International Business

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Are you involved in negotiations with people from other countries and cultures?

Do you sometimes get confused with the negotiation process?

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How Do I Give Presentations to Audiences from Different Cultures?

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Do you want some advice on giving presentations abroad or to multicultural audiences?

Then you are in exactly the right place!

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The 10 Best Cross Cultural Marketing Blunders

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Cultural differences have a long and rich history of ruining marketing campaigns!

Although a little cruel, cross cultural marketing fails are a humorous means of understanding the impact poor cultural awareness can have when selling or working abroad.

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Why do Exporters Need to Understand Language and Culture?

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Globalisation, internationalisation and trans-border trade are all terms that have been coined over the past decade(s) to reflect the reality of international trade.

Although international trade has long been in operation, the scale, frequency and speed at which it is conducted today is incomparable.

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Guanxi: The Chinese Cultural Concept

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"Guanxi" (pronounced (jwan-see) is one of the most powerful forces in Chinese culture.

Though the direct translation of "guanxi" is "relationships", the concept as it is used and applied in Chinese culture is much richer and encompassing.

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What are Some Tips on Marketing for Export?

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Looking to sell globally?

Export marketing will be crucial to your prospects – however it is key to always remember “cultural differences” in the back of your mind when putting together a strategy and approach.

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Where Will UK-based Businesses Go post-Brexit?

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Will we see a business brain drain?

Britain’s impending exit from the EU has rallied a host of cries from its European brethren, encouraging businesses to continue accessing European skills and resources by relocating elsewhere.

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What are the Employment and Career Opportunities with Foreign Languages?

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Many people love learning languages or would like to learn a language and use their language skills in a job.

In today's global economy the demand for language skills continues to grow as governments, businesses and organisations build relationships with foreign interests.

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Essential Tips for Doing Business in The Middle East

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The Middle East is an area which carries many stereotypes and myths.

Before doing business in the Middle East it is imperative to learn about areas such as business culture, business etiquette, meeting protocol and negotiation techniques. 

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Etiquette Tips for Doing Business in Iran

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Having received great feedback on my blog about the place of "tarof" in Persian culture, a few people have requested a brief guide to doing business in Iran for companies making the journey over.

So here goes....

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Poor Understanding of Iran Leading to Cautious Business Approach

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It’s nearly a year since the restrictive sanctions imposed on Iran were lifted.

These sanctions were not only applied by the UN, EU and US but also included sanctions from third party countries.

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6 Simple Tips to Avoid Making a Cultural Faux Pas When Working Abroad

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Are you new to working abroad? Travelling to a foreign country for the first time for business?

Getting it right when working overseas is critical; but what do you do if you have little or no international exposure?

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