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Chinese Etiquette

In the international business world China is very much a world-leader and more and more commerce and trade is carried out in the Far East. Knowing the dos and taboos when dealing with this most ancient and noble of races is critical. Too many companies visit China with little to no knowledge of what is a very different culture. This introductory course will provide participants with a sound working knowledge of China in order to enhance and manage cross-cultural relationships.

Tutor: William Hanson. Read his biography.


Investment & Further Information

  1. £620 (inclusive of VAT)

  2. Dates available on request

  3. Half day, private training

  4. Chelsea, London

  5. Rates available for groups and couples

  6. Course can also be delivered as online tuition


Meeting & Greeting

Introductions and greetings
Names and correct form in China
Body language and gestures
Breaking the ice and small talk
Key-phrases and the local patois
Working with interpreters
Business cards and technology

Introduction to Dining Etiquette

Chopsticks and other equipments
Tea and the Gaiwan
Napkins
Seating plans
Cultural differences
Ordering
Drinking and toasting
Karaoke
"What is this?"
Refusing food
Tipping

Values and Customs

Protocol and the larger picture
Etiquette in practice
Ethics and mind-sets
Saying 'No' (or not)
Mianzi - the importance of face
Gift giving
Timekeeping
Dressing the part


Client Testimonial

“I undertook Chinese Etiquette Training with William prior to my business trip to Macao. The skills and insight into the Chinese culture really helped me to feel confident when attending my first meetings. William’s knowledge is based on experience as well as facts which assured me of what to expect, and he was indeed correct on all accounts.” | John, Venture Capitalist, London