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The Dos and Don'ts of International Business Dinner Etiquette

Avoid faux pas with these handy tips.

Flash phone

Flash it

China
Being in demand is a sign of status, so don’t be surprised if your dining partner takes a call mid-meal – incoming calls means business is going well.

Brazil
It’s considered rude not to answer your phone.

Spain
Carrying a mobile implies that you’re always available, so expect locals to answer no matter where they are.

 

 

Stash phone

Stash it

Japan
The use of mobile phones is discouraged in all public spaces, especially restaurants.

France
Dining is considered a sensual act, so answering your mobile at the table is très gauche.

United Kingdom
Eating while talking on the phone is the height of rudeness.


Briefcase

Take care of business

CHINA

Don’t sit; be seated
Where you sit directly reflects your status, and it’s up to the host to choose your spot.

ITALY

Keep it chatty
Shared meals are mostly opportunities to get to know you. The business talk can wait.

FRANCE

Be on time, but expect to wait
Punctuality isn’t a top priority, especially in the upper echelons; don’t be offended by late arrivals.

INDIA

Don’t say thank you
It’s not customary to voice gratitude because hospitality is implicit. Instead, show your host appreciation with a gesture: hands pressed, head bowed.

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BRAZIL     BUSINESS TRAVEL     CHINA     DINING ETIQUETTE     FOOD & DRINK     FRANCE     INDIA     ITALY     JAPAN     PHONE     SPAIN     UNITED KINGDOM    

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