Today, I was an expert panelist in the Forum for International Trade Training's twitter chat on the topic of the role of cultural etiquette in global trading success. You can check it out by looking up the twitter hashtag #TradeElite. I prepared some tweets in advance to use as inspiration during the chat. I am sharing them with you, including this URL so that you can easily tweet them if you would like.
- Doing your research & knowing how to avoid cultural faux pas shows respect & builds relationships for global success http://goo.gl/Tzu5Bd
- Key cultural aspects: degree of promptness, gift giving, level of small talk, meal rules, serious vs. casual tone http://goo.gl/Tzu5Bd
- Remain alert, aware & respectful while abroad. You cannot be 100% prepared so cultural agility is critical http://goo.gl/Tzu5Bd
- Afraid you may have taken a cultural misstep? Acknowledge gaffe & show interest in learning more about local culture http://goo.gl/Tzu5Bd
- Unnecessary to act 100% as foreign counterpart. Show respect: acknowledge local customs without losing authenticity http://goo.gl/Tzu5Bd
- Answers not always clear. Did Michelle Obama mess up by shaking Saudi King's hand last week? Depends on perspective http://goo.gl/Tzu5Bd
- Like learning languages, cultural mistakes means learning. Read @HaqCast mistake in #Tunisia! http://www.shinternational.us/haqcast/7-language-learning-tips-for-global-business
If you enjoyed reading this "article of tweets," then tweet your favorites!
You can also check out the tweets I prepared for the last #TradeElite expert panel, Greening the Supply Chain.