About Your Guide

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Kenneth Betts


Web site:
[Mid East Applied Business Technology Inc.]


About your guide:

This guide was put together by Kenneth Betts. Originally from Canada, Ken has been living, working and raising his family in Jordan for more than twenty years. Although he is most at home in Jordan, he has traveled extensively through most of the countries of the Middle East. His background of studies in sociology, cultural anthropology and applied linguistics provide a foundation on which he has built an understanding and appreciation of the Jordanian people and their language.

Ken has faced the challenges of being an employee in an otherwise completely Jordanian company, working as a partner with individual Jordanians and being an employer of Jordanians. Working through MEABT (Canada) Ltd. since 1986, Ken has gained experience in leadership, administration and professional coaching of both Jordanians and expatriates. Besides MEABT’s coaching service provided to expatriates working in Jordan, Ken is currently involved in setting up an aquaculture project.

Jordan: About the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – Part 1
Geography, religion and culture

Jordan: About the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – Part 2
Government, economy and travel

Jordan: Appointment Alert!
Making appointments

Jordan: Business Dress
Guidelines for business dress

Jordan: Conversation
Welcome topics of conversation

Jordan: First Name or Title?
Addressing others with respect

Jordan: Gift Giving
Selecting and presenting an appropriate business gift

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

Jordan: Let’s Make a Deal! – Part 2
Negotiating and finalizing the deal

Jordan: Prosperous Entertaining – Part 1
Entertaining for business success

Jordan: Prosperous Entertaining – Part 2
Practical details, venues, accepting and declining

Jordan: Prosperous Entertaining – Part 3
Arrival, seating, eating and drinking

Jordan: Public Behaviour – Part 1
Acceptable public conduct

Jordan: Public Behaviour – Part 2
Leave taking and introductions

Jordan: Public Behaviour – Part 3
Sitting, standing and eye contact

Useful Web Sites for Jordan

Consular Information Sheet

CIA Factbook: Jordan

Lonely Planet: Jordan

BBC Country Profiles: Jordan

World Health Organization: Jordan

Getting Away: Jordan


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Jordan Business Etiquette and Culture

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