Nowadays, speaking business Chinese is highly in demand because corporations are looking forward to expanding their business on a global scale. And when it comes to expanding your business, you will inevitably encounter a Chinese business owner when you are out on a business trip. Hence, it is important to learn business Chinese to provide you with an edge. So, before you learn the language, get acquainted with some basic Chinese business etiquettes as well.
- First Impressions
First things first. This is because an old adage that says, “Do not judge a book by its cover,” which is often underestimated. In your very first meeting, always remember that first impression tends to leave the last impression so always give a proper handshake to make the first one the best one. A firm but a gentle grip is perfect. But if you squeeze so hard, it will deem you aggressive. And if you squeeze them too lightly, like just skimming the hands for the sake of a lousy handshake, it deems you nervous.
- Body Language
Now that you have nailed your first impression, and moving onto business, always remember that having a great body language to convey your message across is more than perfect. But, there are some of them which you should watch out for like whistling, finger snapping or fidgeting. Albeit, they are unlikely to happen, but it is still deemed rude. This is what you must avert yourself from doing in the meeting: showing the soles of your shoes when you are crossing your legs or pointing your index finger at anyone. Just steer away from all these and rest assured, your meeting is kept on a good course.
- Saying nothing is better
While your business meeting is ongoing, if you ever forget what to say next, don’t just fill it in with useless words because it will simply mess up to say what you meant in the first place. Rather than that, it is more respectable if you simply take a pause and solicit your thoughts and say what you wish to convey. In Chinese business etiquette, silence is always a better strategy to use which is totally unlike other cultures where talking continuously shows your integrity.
These were some of the Chinese business etiquettes you must know when it comes to practicing or learning business Chinese and bestow you with an edge for a better chance of achieving your goals in your meetings.