One of the key fundamental ingredients in
being successful on the international stage is to recognise, appreciate and be
respectful and understanding of other cultures and their differences both from
a personal and professional perspective. Do not underestimate the importance of
building and maintaining personal relationships and be patient as this takes
time and in many cases months or even years to develop but once established it
will provide a solid foundation for long term business success.
In preparing to engage in these and other
markets do your homework before visiting and whilst travelling, take time to
learn about their cultures, their etiquettes, their ethics and their countries.
If you have spare time on hands at weekends rather than spending it in shopping
malls ask your prospects or clients if they could take you places of historic
or cultural interest – not only will they love doing this with you they will
also appreciate you all the more for it.
Just because your prospect or client may
speak fluent English or was even perhaps educated in the UK do not lose sight
of the fact that you are a guest in their country and be respectful of that.
You will usually find them to be very generous hosts but do not keep taking
advantage of that and remember to return their hospitality by ‘stretching your
expense’ account and taking them out for diner as well. I have heard of too
many stories from overseas customers who feel that they are a ‘free meal and
entertainment ticket’ for visiting business people – don’t abuse their
Be understanding, tolerant, patient,
respectful, polite, and humble. Keep open minded, committed, passionate,
positive and enjoy the journey.
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After all, you are expected to survive on a daily intake of less than 800 calories a day through a combination of shakes and soups that supposedly contain all of the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients that the body requires to stay fit and well.
I have to respect anybody that can stick to one of these diets, especially if they need to lose weight quickly for health reasons, however, this isn't the best diet for everybody as they can have some unforseen side effects.