Germany

2015-06-12

About Your Guides

Your guides to Germany:
Alexia & Stephan Petersen

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Web site:
[www.aspetersen.de ]

About your guides:

This section was put together with help from Alexia and Stephan Petersen. Alexia Petersen is a Canadian intercultural communication and foreign language trainer. Stephan Petersen is a German engineer and manager with a high-tech company active world-wide. They live in Germany and together serve as consultants and trainers to a wide spectrum of companies and non-profit organizations on the topic of intercultural communication, specializing in providing understanding and practical tools for cultures traditionally considered difficult to access. They also hold university workshops on this subject.

Germany: Appointment Alert!
Making appointments

Germany: Business Dress
Guidelines for business dress

Germany: Conversation – Part 1
Welcome topics of conversation

Germany: Conversation – Part 2
Welcome topics of conversation

Germany: Culture of German Management – Part 1
Overview of German management and practices

Germany: Culture of German Management – Part 2
Overview of German management and practices

Germany: First Name or Title? – Part 1
Addressing others with respect

Germany: First Name or Title? – Part 2
Addressing others with respect

Germany: Gift Giving
Selecting and presenting an appropriate business gift

Germany: Let’s Make a Deal! – Part 1
What you should know before negotiating

Germany: Let’s Make a Deal! – Part 2
What you should know before negotiating

Germany: Let’s Make a Deal! – Part 3
What you should know before negotiating

Germany: Let’s Make a Deal! – Part 4
What you should know before negotiating

Germany: Prosperous Entertaining – Part 1
Entertaining for business success

Germany: Prosperous Entertaining – Part 2
Entertaining for business success

Germany: Prosperous Entertaining – Part 3
Entertaining for business success

Germany: Public Behaviour – Part 1
Acceptable public conduct

Germany: Public Behaviour – Part 2
Acceptable public conduct

Germany: Public Behaviour – Part 3
Acceptable public conduct

Useful Web Sites for Germany

Consular Information Sheet

Wikipedia: Germany

CIA World Factbook: Germany

Lonely Planet: Germany

About.com: Germany for Visitors

Economist Country Briefings: Germany

BBC Country Profiles: Germany

World Health Organization: Germany

Getting Away: Germany

Germany-USA Career Center: The Premier Recruiting and Job

Source for U.S.-German and German American Business and Trade

Germany Business Etiquette and Culture

This guide to Germany business etiquette and culture covers many aspects of doing business in Germany. It is our goal to provide practical, accurate, and up-to-date tips on Germany business culture and etiquette, written by experts in business consulting in Germany. We encourage visitors to leave questions or comments on on our discussion boards, moderated by experts in intercultural training and business. Your contributions help us make Executive Planetâ„¢ the most comprehensive resource on Alexia & Stephan Petersen business etiquette and culture on the Internet.

This guide contains the following articles:

Let’s Make a Deal – negotiating tactics, the value of connections, recommended business card style and content, business card protocol, sitting and presenting yourself in meetings, language for brochures and promotional material, pace of business, preferred presentation styles, final agreements, thinking styles, adherance to company policy, and more on Germany business culture . . .
Prosperous Entertaining – typical mealtimes throughout the day, best venues for business entertaining, punctuality for social events, dinner table seating etiquette, mealtime etiquette, importance of alcohol, toasting, guidelines for hosting a banquet/social event, what foods should be served/avoided, accepting and declining invitations, and more on Germany business etiquette. . .
Appointment Alert! – typical vacation times, recommended apppointment times, length of the lunch hour, signals that indicate beginning or end of an appointment, best arrival time (early, late, right on time), and more on Germany business culture. . .
Gift Giving – recommended gifts, gifts to avoid, good and bad colours for wrapping paper, how to present a gift to individuals and groups, guidelines for receiving gifts, and more on Germany business culture. . .
First Name or Title? – using titles such as ‘Doctor’, naming conventions to avoid, when to use first names, and more. . .
Public Behaviour – how to greet strangers and introduce yourself, the rules for men shaking hands with women, acceptable demeanor, rules for eye contact, gestures/sayings to avoid, and more on Germany business culture. . .
Business Dress – is dress modest, conservative, etc., specific dress requirements for men and women, what visitors should wear to social functions, and more on Germany business culture. .
Conversation – welcome and unwelcome topics of conversation, the role of compliments, the tone of voice to be used, whether your hosts are physical or more reserved, and more on Germany business etiquette. .. . .