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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 192 IDEA: Abide by the Etiquette of International Trade

Advanced Etiquette founder, Syndi Seid, teaches people how to work abroad without embarrassing themselves. One of her greatest ideas is to get to know foreign visitors to the United States by contacting the U.S. Agency for International Development and signing up to host visitors to your city.

Here are some other great ideas from Seid:

  • Avoid calendar confusion. One of the most confusing things about dealing with foreign businesspeople is the way they note the date. In many foreign countries, the norm is to put the day, month, and year, rather than follow the U.S. custom of writing the month, day, and year. One good way to avoid confusion is to write a date like this: 5 February 2012. ...

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