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Your guide to Iran:
Neil Payne


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About your guide:

After many years working and travelling throughout the Middle East, Neil successfully completed an MA in Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS University, London. Using his experience as a teacher, translator and cultural consultant he established Kwintessential, a cross-cultural communications consultancy providing cultural awareness training, relocation briefings, language tuition, translation and interpretation. With experts and professionals from all over the world, Kwintessential offers a truly international service to today’s businesses and organisations.

Iran: About Iran
An introduction to the Islamic Republic of Iran

Iran: Appointment Alert!
Making appointments

Iran: Business Dress
Guidelines for business dress

Iran: Conversation
Welcome topics of conversation

Iran: First Name or Title?
Addressing others with respect

Iran: Gift Giving
Selecting and presenting an appropriate business gift

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

Iran: Prosperous Entertaining
Entertaining for business success

Iran: Public Behaviour
Acceptable public conduct

Useful Web Sites for Iran

Consular Information Sheet

Wikipedia: Iran

CIA World Factbook: Iran

Lonely Planet: Iran Iran for Visitors

Economist Country Briefings: Iran

BBC Country Profiles: Iran

World Health Organization: Iran

Privacy Policy


Iran Business Etiquette and Culture

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