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Business etiquette in India
Transcript of Business etiquette in India
India and business etiquette in India
Location of India
Capital city: Delhi
Population: 1.22 billion
official — Hindi, English
Government: Federal parliamentary constitutional republic
President: Pranab Mukherjee
You shouldn't say direct "no"
Always think before you speak
Stay away from gossiping
They can say that they will sign the deal but it may be not true
Land borders with:
Pakistan to the west
China, Nepal and Bhutan to the north-east
Burma and Bangladesh to the east
Maritime borders with:
Religiosity (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism)
Wait, be patient
Accept things with right hand
Business cards should be exchanged at the first meeting
Meetings should be arranged in writing and confirmed by phone
Punctuality is expected
Don't open gifts in the presence of the giver
Don't wrap gifts in black or white (use green, red, yellow colours)
If you're invited at home, bring small gift of chocolates or flowers
If you give money, ensure that it is an odd number. (For example 11$, instead of 10$)
Avoid giving frangipanis
Thank you for attention!
Business lunches are common in India
It's rude to show up in time, but don't be more than half an hour late
Wait to be told where to sit
Eat with you're right hand
Don't thank the host in the end of the meal
Avoid meetings near or on national holidays
Avoid the heat by scheduling between October and March
You should be patient - Indians are slow decision makers
Best time for business
Meeting etiquette requires a handshake
Greet the most senior figure firstAddress an Indian person with his/her status (Professor, Doctor, Mr., Mrs) and their surname
Business attire is conservative
Men: dark coloured conservative business suits
Women: in conservative suits or dresses