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How Can I Make a Good Impression in India?

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Travelling to India for business and want to make make a good impression?

Then you need to learn a bit about the people, their beliefs, manners and, of course, their culture!

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What Behaviours are Bad Manners in British Culture?

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Overall, British society tends to be quite relaxed about most things.

However, with a certain way of doing things and an emphasis on manners, Brits can become quite irritated with people who fall short of expectations.

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Middle Finger Gesture Lands Briton in Dubai Courts

Middle Finger Gesture Lands Briton in Dubai Courts

Having worked in Dubai for over 10 years, one of the things that constantly amazes me about visitors to the Emirate is that they think they have landed in some sort of desert version of Las Vegas, where everything goes.

Well, as British IT consultant Jamil Ahmed Mukadam has found out - it is anything but.

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Ta'rof - Understanding Iranian Culture

Ta'rof - Understanding Iranian Culture

Despite current tensions with Iran, the demand for Iran cultural awareness training continues to surge and, as the senior Iran cultural trainer, I spend a lot of time helping businesses understand the nuances of Iranian culture. 

One topic that attendees always struggle with, is the cultural concept 'ta’rof'.  It's essential that anyone travelling to Iran understands this principle in detail - as not to do so will risk potential offence.

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Chinese Etiquette School based on British Manners

Chinese Etiquette School based on British Manners

After decades of spitting, burping and littering, China seems to be ready for an Etiquette Revolution! And how are they overthrowing these bad manners? With a touch of good ole fashioned British courtesies.

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