Rhajiv Khanna has been facilitating American and Indian business relations since the 80s, and now Aimee Groth compiles his insights into 12 tips for Business Insider:
- Just because people speak English, do not assume customs are all the same—they are not.
- Business moves at a slower pace in India. Impatience will get you nowhere.
- No matter how important you are, follow the rules. If you forget your Visa, you are headed home.
- Delhi is the best place to set up shop, because there is more business done there and better infrastructure.
- Nonetheless, you still are going to end up traveling around the country a lot to keep competitive.
- The business begins and ends late.
- Prepare for last-minute schedule changes, especially if you do not adhere to the late-start timing.
- American English and Indian English carry different connotations with their phrases.
- Always consider the religious holiday calendar when planning business.
- Address people by their last names unless otherwise told.
- You usually do not handshake a woman.
- How you handshake in general is not really a big deal.
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