Body Language for Global Business

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May 2012
by Carol Kinsey Goman

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When I traveled from the United Arab Emirates to China to India to Malaysia to the Philippines to Indonesia on a speaking tour, it seemed to me that the audience was arriving later and later. In Jakarta, with my program scheduled for 7:00 p.m., I was advised: “Just ignore that announcement. We tell people to get here at seven, hoping they will arrive by eight. But to be on the safe side, we never begin the program before nine.”

Contrast that to a recent experience in Toronto where my speech was scheduled to open the conference at 8:00 in the morning. In order to check the audiovisual equipment, I arrived an hour early, only to see a line of people already standing outside the auditorium. Concerned that I had misunderstood the agenda, I grabbed the meeting planner. “Don’t worry,” she assured me. “You’ve got plenty of time. We Canadians just have a habit of getting places early.”…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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