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BUSINESS TALK September 8, 2008

Posted by priscilaraposo in Uncategorized.

Business Etiquette


Brazilian’s Behavior

clip_image003 Make appointments at least two weeks in advance. Never try to make impromptu calls at business or government offices

clip_image003[1] Some regions have a casualness about both time and work. However San Paulo is not one of those,and in Rio casual refers to the personal and social events, not business. In these two cities, business meetings tend to start on time

clip_image003[2] Never start into business discussions before your host does. Business meetings normally begin with casual ‘chatting’ first

clip_image003[3] American coffee is a mere shadow of Brazilian coffee. Expect to be served small cups of very strong coffee

clip_image003[4] If entertained in the home, it is polite to send flowers to the hostess the next day, with a thank-you note

clip_image003[5] Toast: Saude or Viva (Sah-OO-Day, VEE-va)

clip_image003[6] Tipping is typically 10% in Brazil



clip_image003[7]  Always be punctual in England.  Arriving a few minutes early for safety is acceptable.

clip_image003[8]  A simple handshake is the standard greeting (for both men and women) for business occasions and for visiting a home.

clip_image003[9]  Privacy is very important to the English. Therefore asking personal questions or intensely staring at another person should be avoided.

clip_image003[10]  Eye contact is seldom kept during British conversations.

clip_image003[11]  To signal that something is to be kept confidential or secret, tap your nose.

clip_image003[12]  Personal space is important in England, and one should maintain a wide physical space when conversing.  Furthermore, it is considered inappropriate to touch others in public. 

clip_image003[13]  When dining out, it is not considered polite to toast those who are older than yourself.



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