1. What is the single most common business etiquette
mistake that Americans make in your home country?
that the most common mistake is to adopt the attitude that
things like etiquette is not important, even a waste of
time. Only discussions and negotiations of the technical
and financial matters are of value. This view, in my opinion,
reflects the assumption that every transaction stands on
its own, without considering subsequent trade.
Many societies (including many Americans) do not view business
Culturally, what have you gained both positive and negative
since you have been in the U.S.?
I am an
immigrant who has lived in the US for over 20 years. This
question does not apply to me in the business context.
Personally, I have gained tremendously.
If you were to conduct a seminar entitled "How to
do business in your country," what cultural advise
would you give to U.S. Americans?
half way culturally. Although there is truth in the saying "In
Rome, do as the Roman does", you cannot give up your
own culture. People would wonder why a person would do
that. It may even invite contempt. You cannot insist on
behaving as if you are still within your regular circle.
That strike people as arrogant.
information on Chinese monosyllable language. There is
no alphabet. Every character occupies one square on the
paper and has one syllable. No exception. Thus, there are
lots of homonyms in Chinese.
-- "Four" sounds
very much like death; eight sounds very much like "get
rich fast". Car licenses with good combinations of
these characters may cost more than the car.
is the homonym of profit. The saying is: "Every year
there is profit (fish)."
characters "to give a clock" are the homonyms
of "see you on your final trip to the cemetary or