business meetings in NZ???

  • Hi guys,

    I am on the verge of starting a business in New Zealnad. But what do I have to consider during business meetings in NZ? How do I have to behave? Please give me some recommendations!

    Phil

    29 May 2007, 06:58 Phil
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  • code of behaviour

    Hallo,

    Don't worry...it's not that strict. But of course there are is somehow a code of behaviour:

    Always be on time or early for all appointments. Punctuality is part of the culture. "Fashionably late" is not an option in this country as most social events start on time.

    Maintain a reserved, formal demeanor, especially when first meeting someone. Take your lead to become more relaxed by following the behavior of your New Zealand hosts.

    Normal business hours are Monday – Friday 8:30am-5:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-12:30pm.

    Talking is minimal while you are eating a meal. The conversation will occur before and after your meal. Dinners are reserved for social interactions only, therefore not business is discussed at these occasions. Lunch is used for business conversations.

    Boisterous behavior is always inappropriate, even when you are drinking. Pace yourself to maintain the proper reserved and polite behavior.

    Afternoon tea is between 3:00 - 4:00pm.

    Tea is between 6:00 - 8:00pm, and an evening meal is served.

    Supper is a snack served much later in the evening,

    A tip may be refused, as tipping is rare.

    Entertaining is frequently done in a person's home. A small thank you gift of flowers, chocolate, or whiskey may be taken to the host and/or hostess.

    Cover your mouth if you must yawn, and do not chew gum or toothpicks in public.

    Ask permission before you attempt to photograph someone.

    Ray 29 May 2007, 07:02 - Report
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