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Your guide to Turkey:
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.

Turkey: Appointment Alert!
Making appointments

Turkey: Business Dress
Guidelines for business dress

Turkey: Conversation
Welcome topics of conversation

Turkey: First Name or Title?
Addressing others with respect

Turkey: Gift Giving
Selecting and presenting an appropriate business gift

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

Turkey: Prosperous Entertaining
Entertaining for business success

Turkey: Public Behaviour
Acceptable public conduct

Useful Web Sites for Turkey

Consular Information Sheet

Wikipedia: Turkey

CIA World Factbook: Turkey

Lonely Planet: Turkey

About.com: Turkey for Visitors

Economist Country Briefings: Turkey

BBC Country Profiles: Turkey

World Health Organization: Turkey

Getting Away: Turkey

Turkey Central

Privacy Policy


Turkey Business Etiquette and Culture

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