About Your Guide

Your guide to Greece:
Kari Heistad


Web site:
[Culture Coach International]


About your guide

Diversity has been the hallmark of Kari Heistad’s work and her experiences have brought her into contact with world leaders, inner-city youth, non-profit organizations and business people. She specializes in making the issues of cross cultural awareness and organizational development engaging and insightful to her clients. Her original programs on cultural and corporate identity have been called “insightful, unique, exciting” and “eye-opening”. Her powerful approach makes these issues accessible and the skills gained become powerful tools in the workplace.

Kari has lived and worked abroad in Norway, Scotland and Greece and she travels regularly overseas. She has written an -as of yet – unpublished book on her experiences living in Greece. She is a frequent author and public speaker at regional and international conferences. She was a Fulbright scholar to New Zealand and holds a Masters in International Administration from the School for International Training.
Greece: About Greece
All about Greece

Greece: Appointment Alert!
Making appointments

Greece: Business Dress
Guidelines for business dress

Greece: Conversation
Welcome topics of conversation

Greece: First Name or Title?
Addressing others with respect

Greece: Gift Giving
Selecting and presenting an appropriate business gift

Greece: Let’s Make a Deal!
What you should know before negotiating

Greece: Prosperous Entertaining
Entertaining for business success

Greece: Public Behaviour
Acceptable public conduct

Useful Web Sites for Greece

Consular Information Sheet: Greece

Wikipedia: Greece

CIA World Factbook: Greece

Lonely Planet: Greece

Economist Country Briefings: Greece

BBC Country Profiles: Greece

World Health Organization: Greece

Greek Business Etiquette and Culture

This guide to Greek business etiquette and culture covers many aspects of doing business in Greece. It is our goal to provide practical, accurate, and up-to-date tips on Greek business culture and etiquette, written by experts in business consulting in Greece. 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 Greek 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 Greece 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 Greece 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 Greece 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 Greece 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 Greece 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 Greece 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 Greece business etiquette. .. . .