A Brief Note On Singapore And Conduct Business

1310 Words Apr 21st, 2016 6 Pages
The reason we are going to Singapore is to conduct business. With that being said, it is important to learn the way business is conducted in the nation of Singapore. Subtle differences in the approach can potentially make or break a deal. We have to be knowledgeable about their customs in order to avoid offense.
Greetings follow a strict protocol based off of ethnic origin and race. The elders are always introduced first. Elders may or may not be accustom to shaking hands which is why you are to wait on them to extend their hand first. If the person is from a Chinese background the handshake will tend to be light and prolonged. If the person is Malay it is important to know that the women are not allowed to shake hands with Malaysian men. This is due to the fact that Malaysians are mainly Muslim and contact between males and females in public is forbidden. Instead they may utter the phrase “salaam” followed by a bow. For our female employees, a nod and a smile will suffice. If you are going to exchange business cards make sure the card is in pristine condition. The treatment of the card is seen as a reflection of the relationship (Doing Business in Singapore).
Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
The top four languages spoken in Singapore are English, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil, and Malay. Luckily for us, the top language used for business and politics in Singapore, is English. To Singaporeans, saving face is very important. It is a sign of…
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