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Culture Shock in Brazil: A Foreigner’s Guide to Doing Business

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Big, beautiful Brazil!

For many foreigners doing business in the country for the first time, it can be a bit overwhelming!

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Communication in Italian Business Culture

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If you want to understand the Italian communication style, this blog is for you!

We’re going to explore some of the key features of communication in Italian culture.

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4 Aspects of Korean Business Etiquette You Really Need to Know

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When working abroad, it’s crucial to make a good impression.

Presenting yourself well and demonstrating good manners make all the difference.

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Doing Business in Brazil? 4 Things About the Culture You Really Need to Know

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If you’re new to doing business in Brazil, then this blog is for you.

Before venturing into any new country, it’s crucial to learn about the culture.

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How to Deal with 'No' in Chinese Communication Culture

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Do you work with the Chinese?

A common challenge many foreigners come across is how to handle the word ‘no’.

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What is the Business Negotiation Culture in the USA?

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Imagine you’ve been asked to play an unfamiliar board game and that you’re instructed to play it without any understanding of the rules.

You soon begin to irritate other players by making mistakes and getting things wrong and, after a while, the game becomes a stressful and confusing experience.

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British Business Culture Ranked 12th Easiest in the World

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Culturally speaking, how easy would you say it is to do business with the UK?

Well the Business Culture Complexity Index ™ (BCCI), which assesses the potential complexity of a country's business culture, has just the answer!

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Cultural Tips on Doing Business in Indonesia

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Indonesia is a growing market in a part of the world full of economic promise. As a result, more and more international companies and organisations are investing in the country and sending personnel to work with Indonesians.

In this blog we we’ll cover some important tips around Indonesian business culture to help visitors to the country make the best impression possible.

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10 Terrific Cultural Tips on Doing Business in ASEAN Countries

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Working in the ASEAN region? Looking for some quick tips on how to do business? Need to know some of the main cultural differences you may come across?

Then this blog is for you!

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Doing Business in Thailand? 10 Tips on Etiquette You Need to Know

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If you are travelling to Thailand for work, then you really need to understand a little about Thai culture first.

Despite its reputation as the Land of Smiles, Thai culture is relatively formal and, if you behave in the wrong manner, the people can judge you negatively for failing to show the right decorum.

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Doing Business in Saudi Arabia? How to Make a Good Impression

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Saudi Arabia is on a mission.

Their ambitious 2030 Vision seeks to create an economy for the future based around trade and tourism.

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What's the Date in Saudi Arabia?

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Many people doing business with Saudi Arabia are usually surprised to find that the date in Saudi Arabia is over 500 years behind that of dates in the West.

Why is the date different in Saudi Arabia?

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Inside Indian Culture: Tips When Doing Business in India

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India, despite years of efforts by PM Narendra Modi to implement changes to the contrary, remains one of the toughest places on the planet to do business.

A highly-advanced nation in many respects, with an educated English-speaking population, a wealthy middle-class, advances in technology and an international business outlook, many from the outside approach India as easy pickings.

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What do I Need to Know About Doing Business in Muslim Countries During Ramadan?

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Do you work with or travel to Muslim majority countries? 

Then you need to know all about Ramadan!

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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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Why is Etiquette so Important When Doing Business Abroad?

Why is Etiquette so Important When Doing Business Abroad?

Would you drink fermented mare’s milk with your new potential Mongolian business partners to seal a deal?

Or would you politely decline?

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So Sochi: Spotlight on Russian Culture

So Sochi: Spotlight on Russian Culture

The winter Olympics have just started in Sochi and Russia expects a lot from it as the Olympic Games always represent the opportunity to shine in the world.

The international attention that this event draws to 'the Motherland' will be an excellent opportunity to share some of its culture.

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Doing Business in Nigeria: It's all about Face Time

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If you were planning on taking your business to the Nigerian market, you might want to prepare your staff for a trip to the African continent, as Nigerian merchants apparently favour real-life conversations over business talk via email.

Different cultures prefer different ways of communication: according to online shopping and price comparison directory PriceCheck, Nigerians working in retail preferably handle their communication in face to face meetings, website HumanIPO says.

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20 Must Know Arabic Words and Phrases for your Business Trip to the Arab World

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Travelling to the Arab world on business?

Whether you're visiting the UAE, Jordan or Saudi Arabia, no matter where you go in the Arab world, knowing a few words or phrases in the local language can break down barriers, build relationships and smooth the way to business success!

To help you make a great impression with your hosts, we're going to share 20 "must know" Arabic words and phrases every business person should learn before they visit Arabic speaking countries.

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Ghanaian Business Culture: Ghana Maybe Time

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During these past four days in Accra, we have often been asked what we make of Ghana – the culture, people, food, etc.

It’s been an exciting and eye opening 4 days. Interestingly, one of the most surprising factors have been the traffic jams during rush hour and the extent to which these influence timeliness – we have experienced this ourselves on most days, so to avoid unnecessary frustrations, I have had to surrender to the traffic and simply go with the flow (and try not to inhale too many fumes!).

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