CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATION in UNITED KINGDOMPresentation Transcript
CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATIONinUNITED KINGDOM
HISTORY OF MAKING UK1536 - Act ofUnion joinsEngland and Wales1707 - Act ofUnion unitesScotland andEngland, togetherwith Wales to formthe Kingdom ofGreat Britain.1801 - The IrishParliament votedto join the Union.The then Kingdomof Great Britainbecomes theUnited Kingdomof Great Britainand Ireland.1922 - Namechanged to UnitedKingdom of GreatBritain andNorthern Ireland,when most of theSouthern countiesin Ireland chooseindependence.
UNITED KINGDOMFull name: UnitedKingdom of GreatBritain andNorthern IrelandCapital: LondonArea: 242,514 sqkm (93,638 sqmiles)Major language:EnglishMajor religion:ChristianityLife expectancy:77 years (men), 82years (women)Main exports:Manufacturedgoods, chemicals,foodstuffsGNI per capita: US$60,740 (WorldBank, 2011)Internet domain:.ukInternationaldialing code: +44
Myths About English CultureEnglish People Are Considered Rude, impatient.They Are Considered As Blood Thirsty People Having NoValues And MoraleThey Are Considered As People Who Have RuinedSeveral Cultures.
THINGS SHOULD BE REMEMBER Offer handshake upon greeting and leaving. But wait womento proffer first. Maintain good eye contact during your handshake. Smile is a sign of friendliness, and in rural areas you may begreeted with a "hello" rather than a handshake. Introductions include ones title , Mr., Ms, Mrs. With fullname. Pointing fingers considered to be rude
Greeting EtiquetteThe HandshakeThe KissFormal greetingsThank you / thanks / cheersKeep personal space
SUPERSTITIONSGood LuckLucky to meet ablack cat.Lucky to touchwood .Lucky to find aclover plant withfour leaves.A horseshoeover the doorbrings good luckOn the first dayof the month it islucky to say"whiterabbits, whiterabbits whiterabbits”Catch fallingleaves in Autumn
Bad LuckUnlucky to walk underneath a ladderSeven years bad luck to break a mirror.Unlucky to open an umbrella in doors.The number thirteen is unlucky. Friday the thirteenth is avery unlucky day. Friday is considered to be an unluckyday because Jesus was crucified on a Friday.Unlucky to put new shoes on the table.Unlucky to pass someone on the stairs.
Leisure Activities45%24%21%10%Leisure ActivitiesWatching television socializing sport and hobbies other activities
Types of houses in England Detached (a house notjoined to another house) Semi-detached (two housesjoined together) Terrace (several housesjoined together) Flats (apartments)Sports• National sport is Cricket• Football (Soccer)• Rugby• Tennis• Horse racing• Polo
Eating EtiquetteDO’S DON’T’S
Englands National CostumeWearing a bowler hat.Morris DancersScotland-Kilt
Marriage Customs Before the Wedding takes place The Wedding Day After the wedding ceremony Wedding Cake
Business Appointments• Advance appointments• Confirm on arrival• Timings• British prefer to work lateBusiness Dress• Conservative businessattire• Business suit for both• Dont’s: Never put pen• Never wear a striped tie.
Business Cards• Exchange at the initialintroduction• Bring a plentiful supply• Cursory glance.• Not compulsory to handover to every• Business Meetings• Punctuality: British Trait• Senior representative• Formal and definedagenda• Humor• Prone to using sarcasm
Business GiftsNot advisable to bring Gifts.Likely to feel embarrassed.Only exceptions would be at the end of deal.Gifts should be small and tasteful but not showy.Invite someone for a meal or to an opera.After work buy a round of drinks.Never exchanged at Christmas..