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Etiquette for Greetings and Business Cards As we do business in other countries and as we receive businesspeople from other countries in our American offices it is important to know how to greet people and how to present our business cards The greeting is the beginning of the business interaction if it goes well we create a positive impression that will serve as a foundation for our business discussions Business Cards The ultimate passport in todays global economy is the business card It identifies your company and makes it easier for international people to understand your name Rank and profession in other countries are taken much more seriously then they are in the United States For every country in which you travel have your business card information in English on one side and in the language of the particular country on the other side Include your name position title your company name and address and your fax and telephone numbers In European and North American countries the business card may be presented with either hand In Southeast Asia Africa and the Middle East never present the card with your left hand the left hand is considered unclean Greetings Your first chance to make an impression is when you greet someone and exchange names In America we tend to be formal but that does not mean we should be careless Professional social and family statuses are very important in many cultures If you say or do something which is incorrect you can offend others and embarrass yourself Always use a formal greeting when you meet people from other cultures Never address them by their first names unless they ask you to do so In European and North American countries greet the person with a firm handshake good eye contact and the pronunciation of the last name with the courtesy titleMrs Moschler In Latin American countries greet
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