Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships. Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include: * customs, values, and traditions * historical, religious, and political background * life at home * leisure, social, and cultural life * eating and drinking * do's, don'ts, and taboos * business practices * communication, spoken and unspoken
About the Author
Sharri Whiting is an international consultant and lecturer, with an MSc in communications management from Simmons College, Boston. Her work has taken her to the American University of Rome, Leiden University, the European School of Economics, and the University of Texas, among others. She has written widely on issues facing executives and dual-career couples working abroad. Sharri spent four years in Namibia and has written about the country for Air Namibia’s Flamingo, Travel News Namibia, and for major American publications. She was a guest lecturer at the University of Namibia, head judge for the Namibian Business Woman of the Year Awards, and a speaker before the Namibian Business and Professional Women’s Association. She also writes about food, wine, and travel, and wrote the Top Ten Guide to Rome (2001). She is married to Piero De Masi, former Ambassador of Italy to Namibia. They live in Italy and the USA, and spend several weeks a year in Namibia.