Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pardon Me!

Recently a call came in at Ask-a-Librarian's telephone service. The caller asked if we could help her find information on international business etiquette. Her new boss was to arrive from an Asian country, and she wanted to be prepared.
Did you know that the Japanese response “I’ll consider it,” may actually mean “No?” Or that Greeks may give you a handshake, an embrace, and a kiss at first meeting? Or that it is standard Arab practice to keep supplicants—that may be you—waiting?
MCPL has materials on etiquette and customs so you can avoid confusion as well as an embarrassing faux pas. Some good starting places include:

Need more specific information? We have books for a variety of countries and regions:
Looking for information about religious customs you are not familiar with? Try How to Be a Perfect Stranger: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook by Stuart M. Matlins and Arthur J. Magida.
Happy business deals and happy traveling!


Megumi L.

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