Also I have a military background and I travel alot so some of these things I already know just a little FYI. I know one question ask how did I become knowledgeable of cultural mistakes
Look at the chart linked above. Review the cultural mistakes and the countries they are associated with. , answer the following questions:
1. Based on your own cultural experiences, what three mistakes were you already aware of before you read this chart? Explain how you learned about these cultural mistakes. (If you cannot find three, please find as many as you can.)
2. After reading the list, identify three cultural mistakes that were a complete surprise to you. How will this information make you more culturally sensitive to your friends, coworkers, and online classmates? (If you identified fewer than three in the previous question, please identify more with this question.)
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Cultural Mistakes to Avoid with Selected Cultural Groups EUROPE
? Asking personal questions. The British protect their privacy. ? Thinking that a businessperson from England is unenthusiastic when he or she says, “Not bad at all.” English people understate their positive emotion. ? Gossiping about royalty.
? Expecting to complete work during the French two-hour lunch. ? Attempting to conduct significant business during August?les vacances (vacation time). ? Greeting a French person for the first time and not using a title such as “sir,” or “maam,” or “miss” (monsieur, madame, or mademoiselle).
? Eating too much pasta, as it is not the main course. ? Handing out business cards freely. Italians use them infrequently.
? Expecting punctuality. Your appointments will usually arrive 20 to 30 minutes late. ? Making the American sign for “okay” with your thumb and forefinger. In Spain (and many other countries) this is vulgar.
Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway):
? Being overly rank conscious. Scandinavians pay relatively little attention to a person’s rank in the hierarchy.
All Asian countries:
? Pressuring an Asian job applicant or employee to brag about his or her accomplishments. Asians feel self-conscious when boasting about individual accomplishments; they prefer to let the record speak for itself. In addition, they prefer to talk about group rather than individual accomplishment.
? Shaking hands or hugging Japanese (as well as other Asians) in public. Japanese consider these practices to be offensive. ? Not interpreting “We’ll consider it” as “no” when spoken by a Japanese businessperson. Japanese negotiations mean “no” when they say “We’ll consider it.” ? Not giving small gifts to Japanese when conducting business. Japanese are offended by not receiving these gifts. ? Giving your business card to a Japanese businessperson more than once. Japanese prefer to give and receive business cards only once.
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? Using black borders on stationary and business cards, because black is associated with death. ? Giving small gifts to Chinese when conducting business. Chinese are offended by these gifts. ? Making cold calls on Chinese business executives. An appropriate introduction is required for a first-time meeting with a Chinese official.
? Saying no. Koreans feel it is important to have visitors leave with good feelings.
? Telling Indians you prefer not to eat with your hands. If the Indians are not using cutlery when eating, they expect you to do likewise.
? It is considered extremely rude to point the soles of your shoes at anyone. (It’s not too cool in other countries also.)
MEXICO AND LATIN AMERICA
? Flying into a Mexican city in the morning and expecting to close a deal by lunch. Mexicans build business relationships slowly.
? Attempting to impress Brazilians by speaking a few words of Spanish. Portuguese is the official language of Brazil.
Most Latin American countries:
? Wearing elegant and expensive jewelry during a business meeting. Latin Americans think people should appear more conservative during a business meeting.
A cultural mistake for Americans to avoid when conducting business in most countries outside the United States and Canada is to insist on getting down to business quickly. North Americans in small towns also like to build a relationship before getting down to business. The preceding suggestions will lead to cross- cultural skill development if practiced in the right setting. During the next 30 days, look for an opportunity to relate to a person from another culture in the way described in these suggestions. Observe the reaction of the other person for feedback on your cross-cultural effectiveness.