There are certain behaviors we all know will raise eyebrows and offend people. Standing too close to someone while talking, double-dipping, and a feeble handshake, are all examples of behaviors that others find off-putting.
Particularly in business, it’s crucial to avoid the common pitfalls and adhere strictly to etiquette, especially when in a foreign setting.
While Westerners are suspicious of people who avoid eye contact, East Asian cultures don’t consider looking someone in the eyes a must. In fact, many Chinese and Japanese consider steady eye contact provocative.
But there are also more subtle, perhaps culturally specific faux pas, and committing them can be as easy as inadvertently checking the time while speaking to someone, or nodding too frequently.
Then, of course, there are the behaviors we don’t even catch ourselves displaying, but which nonetheless cause others to take a dislike to us, such as fidgeting and clenching our fists, or crossing our arms during a conversation.
We’ve looked at a selection of common etiquette breakers, and some you may not have considered before.
Business Etiquette and Body Language Blunders
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