WHAT ARE THE DO'S & DON'TS OF RUSSIA'S BUSINESS ETIQUETTE?

DON'TS OF RUSSIA'S BUSINESS ETIQUETTE!

1. GREETINGS

Focus DIRECTLY with whom ever the individual is seeing as hesitation's, fidgeting, etc shouldn’t occur as it will break the connection you’re creating with the individual that one is talking with. When true interest is seen from the foreigners, Russian’s greatly appreciate the effort BUT as a conversation is started, Russian’s do not tend to speak so loudly in public.

NEVER use an individual’s first name UNLESS they have given permission too in order to respect one’s formality and hierarchy. Exceptions can be made such as using surnames! But it is much more appreciated if one addresses the other individual by their full name and by an patronymic name. The patronymic name being an individual’s father’s name with the ending “ich” for men alongside with “vna” for women.

2. FORMAL MEETINGS

Having the ability to stay serious when conversing with business official's in a meeting is VITAL has smiling to an extremely uncomfortable amount can cause Russians to merely ruin their perspective of an individual and nonetheless question their if an individual has serious intentions surrounding the meeting.

Regardless, smiling to a small amount at an individual's very first meeting is completely valid as one should never forget that they are meeting with other humans. It's important to be able to connect with others on an emotional level as when they come across you, they'll appreciate an individuals aura and presence as a whole.

3. BODY LANGUAGE

It is considered RUDE and DISRESPECTFUL to show the soles of your shoes when interacting and communicating with other individuals and when gathering for meetings, one must be extremely cautious to NOT let the soles of their shoes touch with an oncoming seat.

Simply standing around with one's hands in their pockets with improper mannerism is an action that will NOT be tolerated by Russians. Alongside that with the action of sitting with your legs apart or with one ankle resting upon the knee is seen as impolite as well.

Pointing with your index finger in terms of calling an individual over, getting an individual's attention, etc is seen as offensive. YET there is a correct way of doing this action and that is to turn your hand inwards so that your palm is revealed facing down wile motioning an individual to come over with four fingers all at once.

DO'S OF RUSSIA'S BUSINESS ETIQUETTE!

1. GREETINGS

Shake hands with the other individual that you are meeting and keep eye contact! By doing this, one can create a sense of engagement with whomever they are having an conversation with. By all means, it is an necessity to shut out one's surroundings when greeting others and maintain eye contact with another individual. It is always the best option to maintain eye contact when greeting and leaving the individual that one has met.

2. FORMAL MEETINGS

Formal office clothing such as dresses + suits for both women and men should be women when greeting other higher status business officials! Russian’s truly do acknowledge the sheer fact of proper punctuality and expect other individual’s to have a keen sense of time management if one is meeting with a group of investigators, business officials, etc.

Just as much as formality and punctuation is significantly important in Russian business etiquette, distributing business cards is very much a HIGHLY well-known and respected act of mannerism in Russia when one is trying to promote their business. When handing out business cards, one side should have the individuals primarily spoken language on one side as the other side you’ll be written in Russian!

Spending time with your co-workers, managers, staff members and so on is relatively a special tradition that Russian’s hold dearly to their hearts as drinking and toasting at gatherings is seen as a way of displaying interest and wanting to strengthen brand new relationships especially withthin the business world in Russia.

3. BODY LANGUAGE

One of the biggest things that Russian’s look for EVEN MORE specifically surrounding the business etiquette world is being able to MAINTAIN eye contact at all costs no matter whom an individual is having a conversation with.

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