11 cultural differences between France and the US

By Sue Bryant
7th June 2018

You could argue that two nations couldn’t be further apart in culture – the fast food, fast paced United States versus the formal, old-school French. It’s true that there are many potential clashes but on the other hand, there are many successful business relationships between America and France, too. Here are a few cultural factors for both sides to consider….

11 tips on building trust across cultures

By Sue Bryant
26th March 2018

As business relationships become more global, learning to trust people from different cultures is all the more important to healthy business relationships. Different cultures sense trust in different ways. Pragmatic, task-based Americans are likely to trust someone based on their skills, their track record and their references. On the other hand, emotional South Americans and Arabs will trust someone because they like them, they have established common ground and they feel a sense of rapport. Understanding how to build – and maintain – trust is vital to business success….

US business meeting etiquette: Tips on achieving a successful meeting in the US

By Terence Brake
13th February 2018

Business meetings in the US tend to have clear goals and an agenda which must be adhered to. A meeting is expected to end in decision. Meetings with no clear aim – a talking shop – will be considered a waste of time. Technology means alternatives to face-to-face meetings are often used, in the form of video-conferences, conference calls and webcasts.

Here are our top tips on business meeting etiquette in the US. These pointers provide great help if you’re pitching business to a US organization, or if you’re an expat or global assignee and new to their business culture. …

Etiquette for traveling with your boss

By Sue Bryant
1st February 2018

Traveling with your boss can be a very good opportunity to build on your relationship away from the pressures of the workplace. It is also a useful way for your boss to observe you and to see how you represent the company outside the office. On your part, a work trip can be a chance to impress your superior with your professionalism and organizational skills. Of course, the relationship and the way it is conducted on the road will vary from one corporate culture to another, and one country to another, but the rules are the same: the key to a successful business trip is to be prepared – and to think about etiquette….

Doing Business in Australia: A Multicultural Engine of Growth

By Terence Brake
17th May 2017

Shared Anglo roots with Australia give us the false impression that we know the country. When doing business across cultures we must always try to go deeper than common stereotypes. Stereotypes never impress….

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