Hello SOTGC community,
To be a powerful business woman we’re often told to use power body language, to offer a firm handshake, use direct eye contact, and take up more space with our arm movements. It’s true, this type of body language does make you feel more confident and does project power
But what if you do business with people from other cultures? What if the business associates you’re going to meet are used to a gentler handshake, less eye contact, and smaller body movements?
Do you still maintain the western style powerful body language, or should you adapt to suit the culture in which you’ll be working?
If you travel to other countries for business, you have two choices.
- You can either stick to being a powerful business women using the body language that is expected in most western countries, and risk alienating your business contacts.
- Or you could learn what is expected of business women in the country you’re going to, and the basics of business etiquette so you know how to connect with your business associates and how to give a good first impression.
I want to leave this thought with you today, and over the coming weeks I’ll be revealing important and practical tips on a country by country basis for business women who want to make a positive and memorable first impression when they do business internationally.
I welcome country focus suggestions from readers. I want to give you advice that is for you.
I encourage you to also consider virtual etiquette coaching programs with me. These virtual etiquette coaching programs give clients from all over the world a chance to work one-on-one with me and access more in-depth information specific to your professional situation and country destination. To enroll in one of my coaching programs contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.