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W. Hutchens

Prof Hutchens

Spokane, WA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Lowdown: Business Etiquette - China

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Florian Loloum
    • Narrated By Trevor White, Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Performance
    (5)
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    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.

    Susan says: "The Lowdown - Business Etiquette China"
    "Some good tips but needs context & better Chinese!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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