Drinking etiquette around the world

By Sue Bryant
20th November 2018

Getting into the spirit Raising a glass to toast a new business deal may seem like a simple celebration. Needless to say, it’s more complex than that……

6 superstitions international business people should respect

By Terence Brake
12th July 2018

We all laugh at colleagues who read their horoscopes. But superstitions around the world have a tangible effect on business and on the motivation of workers. Whatever your personal opinion, it is important in any cross-cultural environment to understand how belief systems affect your colleagues, your employees – and your market.

10 tips for reducing business travel stress

By Sue Bryant
6th July 2018

While to those back home, business travel may seem like a perk, there’s no denying that it can be stressful. Hours on the road, delays, jet lag, soulless hotel rooms, difficult meetings, dealing with unfamiliar food and cultures – it’s certainly no holiday. But there are plenty of simple ways to reduce or minimize stress. Here are a few of our top tips….

How to deal with business travel rage

By Sue Bryant
25th June 2018

The reality of business travel If you encounter business travel on a regular basis you will testify that globetrotting for work is no holiday. Things often go wrong. When there is a real fiasco, like a cancelled flight, the default behavior of most travelers is to shout and rage. But the best way to get what […]…

Drinking etiquette around the world

By Sue Bryant
31st May 2018

Getting into the spirit Raising a glass to toast a new business deal may seem like a simple celebration. Needless to say, it’s more complex than that……

How do different cultures view smoking?

By Sue Bryant
3rd April 2018

In countries like Britain and the USA, where there is a strong anti-smoking lobby, non-smokers resent the lengthy cigarette breaks taken by smoking colleagues. Smoking is socially isolating, unless you happen to have a lot of smoking colleagues, in which case, the smokers in a group will form an instant bond. But in many cultures, smoking is part of daily life. You will not win friends in business if you sit in front of your client fanning the air and coughing pointedly. Here are some examples of smoking culture around the world….