Business Etiquette in Hungary

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When doing business abroad it is important to understand the local culture. Culture includes areas such as a country’s norms, values, behaviours, food, architecture, fashion and art. However, one area of culture that is important for the international business person is etiquette. Understanding business etiquette allows you to feel comfortable in your dealings with foreign friends, colleagues, customers or clients. Knowing what to do and say in the right places will help build trust and open lines of communication. If you have plans to visit Hungary, it is always a good idea to familiarise yourself with Hungarian culture and etiquette before you depart. My assignment is to write about the Hungarian etiquette of greetings, giving business cards, shaking hands and giving gifts and flowers. Hungarians can be reserved and perhaps appear contemplative on first meeting, but conversely they can also be more open when greeting in more social situations. In Hungary both men and women greet by shaking hands, altough a man should usually wait for the women to extend her hand. It also noticeable that old people may still bow for women. Close friends – between 2 girls or between a boy and a girl - or relatives typically meet by kissing lightly on each cheek, starting with the left. You may find that when immersing yourself in Hungarian culture, you’ll be doing more meeting and greeting in the ‘normal’ way of kissing and greeting than you might be used to. You may have to adjust your perception of what is an appropriate amount of personal space. Hungarians don’t mind sharing personal space as much as other reserved cultures. In more formal circumstances, meeting and greeting is much more traditional, in that handshakes and maintaining eye contact are considered normal proper etiquette. Looking away or down might not be interpreted as shy, as it could come across as indifference or boredom. There are different types of greetings in Hungary for greeting and also for saying goodbye. „Szia”, „szervusz”, „szevasz”, „hello”, „csá”, „cső” words are very common to use between friends both for welcoming and saying goodbye. For formal greetings you can use „Jó napot kívánok” which means I wish you a great day, „Üdvözlöm” which is I welcome you. For formal saying goodbye you can use „Viszontlátásra” which means see you soon. Children say „Csókolom” to adults which means I kiss you and „Tiszteletem” is also common to use for younger people to greet the older men but not women. One aspect of etiquette that is of great importance internationally is the exchanging of business cards. Giving business cards and especially how you give them has crucial importance in business life all around the world. The asian people think of business cards as an extension of introducing yourself on paper. They believe a business card is a representation of who you are so think of it as you are that business card. Be sure to present your card in clean condition, no different, than you would your own body. Present your card in your right hand or both hands, facing the person to whom you are giving it. Never give a card in your left hand because it is considered a total insult in some countries. By presenting your card with both hands, it is the highest form of respect. It is also important how you receive a business card because it can tell a lot of things about the person how he/she receives a card. Always receive a card the same manner how you presented it. Either with right hand or with both hands. Take time to look at the card. It is nice if you ask a question about the card or if you make a nice comment about it. Sometimes you have to write additional information which is not on the card. In these cases be sure to write the information on a seperate piece of paper, never on the card. The japanese people believe it is like writing on the person’s face. Keeping business cards is also part of proper business etiquette, so remember not to keep the cards you received in...
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