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Whether graduating from high school, college, or other institution of higher learning, your graduate will soon be making major life changes. You can recognize that significance with a gift which commemorates the event itself; provides practical assistance for a move; supports a new job or career; or encourages her/his interests. This gift can be memorable without being expensive.

TO COMMEMORATE: Photos/videos of the graduation and festivities; Frame for graduation photo , school song or motto perhaps with date engraved; Silver serving spoon, ladle, cup, tray, bowl, bar accessories engraved with date; Fountain pen engraved with date; Collage of newspaper and magazine headlines of interest from that date; Class ring; Crystal objects, such as goblets, small trays, bowls, bookends, plaques etched with date or graduation invitation; Personalized leather bound atlas with date engraved; engraved jewelry/watches; scrapbook or video of memories; Compilation album of favorite music from school years.

TO ASSIST WITH MOVE TO DORM OR APARTMENT: Luggage with tags bearing name and new address; Small refrigerator; Electric blanket or sheet; Canvas director chair; Handsome corkscrew and bar accessories; Attractive and comfortable floor pillows; Subscription to hometown newspaper; Laundry Bag; Portable bookcase; Coin bank filled with quarters; Desk lamp; Ice chest; Bookends; Gift Certificate for two or more to special restaurant in new town; Airtight container for storing food; Small appliances, such as travel iron, battery operated vacuum; Organizers, such as footlockers that can double as seats or coffee tables; Monogrammed robe; Posters related to recipient interest; Gift certificate to school bookstore; Car parking, car washes, or car insurance for semester; Sewing kit; Tickets home for the holidays.

TO SUPPORT A NEW JOB OR CAREER: Reference books, such as law or medical texts, or “To Be Sure You Know Before You Go” the newly published ELITE ETIQUETTE; Monogrammed portfolio or briefcase; Subscription to professional journal, such as The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Forbes, or Advertising Age; Membership in professional or alumni association; Thermal water pitcher an lululemon outlet d glass for desk; Gift certificate to dental, medical, culinary, architectural, etc. or any other job related supply house; Desk accessories, including picture frames with favorite family or pet photo; Membership to health club near new office. Many global marketing efforts and contract negotiations have been destroyed by the unintentional blunder.

Being too late or too early for an appointment, using the wrong form of address, improperly receiving a business card, shaking hands, bringing wine to a home dinner, insulting with your choice of business gift, using a “hard sell”, or even eating everything on your plate could ruin your negotiationand reputation. Americans most often make mistakes with meeting/greeting rituals; eating/dining; giving/receiving; and not recognizing significant taboos. And, when setting up or responding to a meeting request, remember that many Europeans and South Americans write the day first, then the month, then the year when using numbers.

Although handshakes are standard greeting gestures among Europeans, the gesture is generally more formal and more firm except for the lighter touch of the French. Usually those of higher rank and women are expected to extend their hand first. Asians will often greet you with a gentle handshake; however, the bow is more traditional and more respected. Learning how to bow, including depth, eye contact, etc. is very important. Some South Americans can be effusive and take a long time to greet, believing that this conveys respect for the other person. In many cultures, it is good manners to shake hands with everyone in a group/room upon arrival as well as departure. Many European and South American women kiss each other on alternating cheeks. In Brazil, a third kiss between women bestows “good luck” in finding a spouse!

Be sure to use the proper form of address when meeting or greeting: there are many different customs. For example, Europeans rarely use first names until they know the person well; unlike the United States, titles, especially academic titles, are always used. Asian names are usually listed in a different order from Western names. In Japan, use last names plus San meaning “Ms.” or “Mr.” The Chinese are very sensitive regarding status and always use official titles, such as “Committee Member”. Titles are also important in some Central/South American countries: in Panama the title Licenciado is used for anyone with a bachelor’s degree. In Norway, lawyers and clergymen do not use titles, although government officials do.

Learn the business card protocol for each culture. Your card should have the other person’s language printed on the back and that side should be presented to her/him. The presentation itself is important, particularly in Asian cultures where it is given with a proper bow. Do not just quickly stuff someone’s card into your pocket or bag. Always treat another’s card with respect, taking the time to read and appreciate it. When you meet with several people, be sure to give your card to each person lest you slight someone.

Whether you are a host or a guest, you should be familiar with the local food, drink, punctuality expectations (local time), when and how to conduct business, and appropriate seating. In some cultures, guests are expected to arrive late don’t be offended at your Spanish associate’s late arrival. In others (Japan, The Netherlan lululemon outlet ds, Sweden), tardiness is considered very rude. In Italy, the more important the person, the later he/she may arrive to a business meeting. Europeans are generally not fond of business breakfasts.

Learn when and how to correctly order and eat difficult or new foods. If possible, practice eating in the style of the other person European, American, chopsticks.

In some countries, such as Norway, gift giving is simply not a part of doing business, whereas in many other cultures (Japan) it is an integral part of the process of learning about the other person. In China a banquet is an acceptable business gift.

To avoid looking cheap, do not give logo gifts unless they are of excellent quality and the lululemon outlet logo is subtle.

If bringing flowers to someone’s home, be certain that the color, number, or actual type of flower is not offensive: in many countries certain flowers and colors signify death.

Do not be impatient when dealing with cultures such as Saudi and Russia. Russians prize patience as a virtue and some regard compromise as a sign of weakness.

It is usually inappropriate for a foreign business woman to invite her male counterpart to a business dinner unless other associates or spouses attend.

Do not dress casually for a business meeting, and, if a woman, probably best to wear a skirt.

Never say “no” to the Japanese and understand their aversion to the word. (This maintains harmony and saves face.)

Arab World Do not give or present anything with your left hand; give an alcoholic beverage or bar gift; or show the sole of your shoe.

“Bringing in the May” and SpringFlowers

Definition: The first day of May which has always been strongly associated with flowers and frequently includes the giving of May Day Baskets.

Provenance: Celebration of May Day began as pagan festivals, celebrating spring and fertility. May 1 was one of the most important holidays of the year for the Druids of the British Isles; they believed that the day divided the year in half. When the Romans came to occupy the British Isles, they brought new traditions. Their early May was devoted to a 5 day celebration called Floralia in honor of Flora, the goddess of flowers. Ancient customs that still survive in various parts of the world include the dawn gathering of blossoms, flowers, and branches; the decking of and dancing around a maypole; the crowning of the Queen of the May; the Morris Dance (men dancing together in animal costumes); the making of garlands; the hanging of May baskets on the doorknobs of friends and neighbors; washing one’s face with May dew which supposedly has the power to maintain/restore beauty according to American folklore, girls living in the Ozark Mountains believed that washing their faces with this dew would help them to find and marry the man of their choice.

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