Success in business comes down to building strong relationships with our associates. As our jobs become more and more globalized, many of us find ourselves traveling and building relationships with people across international borders, where manners and expectations might be different than we're used to.
The ins and outs of international business etiquette can get confusing. For example, punctuality is of utmost importance in England, but in France, you're considered to be "on time" if you arrive 10 minutes late. The intricacies unique to each country's business practices can be difficult to keep track of, but they can make or break your international business relationships.
To help you transition seamlessly into doing business in countries other than your own, we gathered tips for conducting business from natives of several countries from around the world. (Note that the tips below are based on their personal experiences, and yours may differ. If you have tips to add or personal experiences to share, please do so in the comment section below!)
These etiquette tips are true for most Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America. This includes Chile, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and México.
The following are some etiquette tips for both Australia and New Zealand.