We found this interesting article about how to manage international relationships. Before you get carried away, this isn’t about online dating! These are referring to international partners and organizations. Here are 6 tips for your future international business ventures (and AIESEC encounters around the world)!
- Basic Information
Get to know the country the client is from so you have background information and to make conversation. The country may have their own website with facts, but Wikipedia is also a good source (but reliability could be an issue). Did you know the CIA maintains The World Factbook?
- Time Difference
Make sure you know the time difference between your country and theirs. Nobody appreciates a call or meeting in the middle of the night. Also, this could aid you on when you should receive an expected reply if they are halfway across the world.
It would be best if you knew the basics of your client’s native language. It shows that you are taking the effort in trying to converse and learn from them. Make use of the various online translators, but be careful because not everything is translated appropriately.
Do you use Google Chat a lot? There are translator bots that you can add as your friend that will translate messages you send to them.
- Chat Services
I think we make very good use of Skype and Google Chat in AIESEC. Those who don’t know what these are, they are basically free online communication tools. You can instant message, or even have video conferences with another person. Check them out if you haven’t already.
Worried about your package not arriving? There are services out there that will track your package! TrackThis, TrackthePack and PackageTrackr. You can updates via email, txt, Facebook or even Twitter.
- Cultural Faux-Pas
The most important thing is to know what is considered good and bad etiquette for your client and their culture. You do not want to make a fool of yourself and tarnish your relationship with them. If you’re not sure, just ask. It shows that you are wanting to learn more about them and their culture.