Great Britain Punctuality is very essential at any business meeting or events Meetings are structured but not too formal and end with social conversations Do remember to shake hand for each meeting Direct eye contact is important or else it could be considered as impolite Never ask personal questions regarding occupation, background or income
France Arriving 10 to 15 minutes after a scheduled time is not considered as late. Distinction between private and business life, and have to respect privacy of others. French bosses generally take a dictatorial and authoritative approach. Always maintain an air of formality and reserve . Never display sign of impatience because French take time for decisions.
China Being on time is very essential. The order of entering the room is very important as the Chinese are status conscious. It is rare that the Chinese will deal with people they don’t know or trust. Never use negative replies like “no” but instead use ”may be”. Node is not a sign of agreement, it means that the person is simply listening.
Japan Lateness is as sign of disrespect Show greater respect to the eldest members Personal space is highly valued Physical contact other than a handshake is never displayed in public. Avoid negative emotion during business negation. Don’t use large hand gestures
Russia Personal and informal contact is a central part in doing business in Russia Physical contact is a positive sign Should not shake hand firmly when greeting and leaving Russian partners Shouldn’t be afraid to show some emotion Don’t praise or reward anyone