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Who pays for lunch? Is it appropriate to ask about your counterpart's family? These sites will give you an easy way to find the answers and make a good first impression. 

In many countries, you'll find that certain underpinnings of business are the same. Continuous improvement and lean manufacturing, for example, are of interest in the industry across borders. Concerns about global competition may be shared, although the identity of the nation that poses the biggest threat may be different.

From there, though, the issue becomes a bit more hazy. In Canada and the U.S., meetings begin promptly; while in some other parts of the world, the meeting may start long after it was originally scheduled to finish. In one country, facts and figures are the only things considered in decision making, and personal conversation is entirely separate from business, while in another locale, your personal relationships win or lose business regardless of the facts and figures.

Before you head overseas, or out to lunch with an international business partner, look up the basic business etiquette to keep in mind. To get started, try these three websites:

  1. Kwintessential ( offers country profiles and at-a-glance business resources.
  2. Executive Planet ( provides informal advice from a local businessperson.
  3. The U.S. State Department Travel Site ( ) is an excellent resource for both legal and business information about your destination country.

Above all, remember that in nearly every country, an attempt at proper local manners will be met with great appreciation.

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