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35 tips for better customer and business relationships around the world

Making a good first impression with a customer or coworker seems like a straightforward task. Be polite. Look them in the eye. Make sure your hand shake is firm but not too firm. Easy as pie, right?

As it turns out, that all depends on your location. Manners are different all over the world.

No matter where you are, one thing is sure: the best way to start relationships—personal and professional—is to treat people with respect. Specific research is always advised anytime you plan on interacting with customers, clients, employees, and co-workers in countries outside of your own. Manners will differ from region to region, neighborhood to neighborhood, and person to person.

We hope this infographic will give you a crash course in navigating the nuances of global manners.

Global Manners - Zendesk infographic

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