THE "MUST HAVE" TOP TIPS GUIDE TO DOING BUSINESS IN CHINA We live and work in a global environment - and knowing how to behave with courtesy in other countries allows us to make a great impression and maximise our potential. This "quick fix" guide will give you the inside information on how to do business and cope with business socialising in China. "The Lowdown: Business Etiquette - China" will give you practical tips on how to navigate your way through a business trip to China, and on how to behave and how NOT to behave in both business and business socialising situations. This guide will help to ensure that you maximise your time in China or in dealing with your Chinese business colleagues, thus making you a greater asset to your company and your profession. Topics Covered Include: How to understand "guanxi" and build a business relationship
How to navigate your first business meeting - what to do and what NOT to do!
Understanding the importance of hierarchy
The importance of colours and numbers in Chinese culture
How to cope with social invitations and understand their critical importance in a business relationship
A list of useful phrases
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The Lowdown - Business Etiquette China
Some good tips but needs context & better Chinese!
Useful basic tips if you've never been to China and don't have local advisors--don't finish everything on the plate, study business cards and handle them respectfully, expect to exchange a little gift on 1st meeting, relationships matter a lot, use titles and last names rather than defaulting to American informality, never wear a green hat, avoid 4's and favor 8's, better to stay upbeat and avoid
Chinese names and words are often--maybe usually--mispronounced in recordings on Audible.com, regardless it seems of publisher. That's a problem. What makes it especially galling in this case is that this short recording claims to teach you a few Mandarin phrases! Meanwhile they pronounce
Be wary of non-Chinese speakers teaching Chinese! They'll almost always muddle the x, q and z in Pinyin (Romanized) Chinese, have no sense of tones and wreck the inflection in multisyllabic expressions.
Maybe the simplest advice for doing business in China is: 1) don't expect it to be like home 2) don't automatically trust what you are told (there is a lot of fraud in China!), 3) realize that China is changing rapidly (often but not always for the better) and varies a lot internally, and 4) realize history matters to the present--you should try to learn some, along with knowing to be careful with baijiu.
- W. Hutchens