Tag Archive for 'Etiquette'

Helpful tips if visiting the U.S.

A sample from eDiplomat:

  • The only proper answers to the greetings “How do you do?” “How are you?” or “How are you doing?” are “Fine,” “Great,” or “Very well, thank you.” This is not a request for information about your well-being; it is simply a pleasantry.
  • Americans are generally uncomfortable with same-sex touching, especially between males.
  • Americans smile a great deal, even at strangers. They like to have their smiles returned.
  • Men and women will sit with legs crossed at the ankles or knees, or one ankle crossed on the knee.
  • Americans are often uncomfortable with silence. Silence is avoided in social or business meetings.
  • Never begin eating until everyone is served and your hosts have begun. Offer food or drink to others before helping yourself. Serve all women at the table first.

Click here to read the full list of cultural etiquette tips.

And here for the list of dos and don’ts when visiting India.

An example, “When an Indian smiles and jerks his/her head backward — a gesture that looks somewhat like a Western “no” — or moves his head in a figure 8, this means “yes.”

India’s graduates given British polish

The subcontinent’s IT companies are giving graduates soft-skills training to help them deal with working in the West. From The Times, UK:

As if completing a gruelling engineering degree was not enough, a new generation of globetrotting Indian IT workers faces extra schooling on how to deal with British quirks of business.

Most of India’s large technology companies run “finishing schools”, where graduates who are going to work in the West are taught how to dress (no white socks with black shoes), eat (no belching at the table; use a knife and fork, not your hands) and speak (to remedy the habit of young Indians saying yes when they mean no).

Britain can be a bemusing place for somebody brought up in rural India – more so if they have to deal with the foibles of a FTSE 100 chief executive, according to Girish Vaidya, of Infosys, India’s second-largest software exporter.