Business is done differently all around the world. As you prepare for your next international business trip, don’t forget to learn about local customs and business etiquette!

Knowing whether to start off a meeting with small talk, a handshake, or an exchange of business cards can put you on the right path to forming relationships with overseas customers.

To get you started, we have compiled our top four resources to learn about local customs and business etiquette:

  1. Kwintessential Culture Guides – Our go-to source for business meeting etiquette, social customs, and more.
  2. A Tipping Guide by Country – See who to tip and how much. Compiled by Conde Nast Traveler.
  3. World Business Culture Guides – These guides provide information about doing business in a number of countries. The guides also include links to recommended books to learn more!
  4. The CultureWizard Blog – We recommend searching the blog for the country you’re visiting to learn more about important yet lesser-known cultural topics in that region. Written by RW3.

If you would like more information on business customs in a particular country, VEDP has a network of in-country market research consultants that are here to help! Simply contact your local International Trade Manager today to learn more.