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Cultural etiquette

10 face-saving tips for your overseas business trip Add to ...

So you've heard that in Japan it's a no-no to hand over your business card with just one hand, but do you know what gift in China tells the receiver that you’re eagerly anticipating their funeral?

Spending some time learning cultural etiquette and taboos will help you avoid the kind of slip-ups that could put the kibosh on that important business deal, says Lionel Laroche, who has been preparing professionals for their business trips overseas for the past 14 years.

The Globe spoke to Mr. Laroche, the president of MultiCultural Business Solutions Inc., a cross-cultural training and consulting firm based in Markham, Ont., to find out some of the do's and don'ts of doing business abroad.

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