Cultural Meet & Greet

Meet and Greet in Afghanistan

  • The handshake is the most common form on greeting.
  • You will also see
    people place their hands over their hearts and nod slightly. 

  • Women and men will never shake hands let alone speak directly to one another. Also eye
    contact should also be avoided between men and women. Between men eye
    contact is acceptable as long as it is not prolonged – it is best to
    only occasionally look someone in the eyes.

Meet and Greet in Bangladesh

  •  The hand shake is common although they may feel rather limp. Women
    will only really be met within business contexts and even so, it is
    best to wait to see if a hand is extended before doing so.

  • The traditional greeting for Muslims is "Asalamu alaikum" to which the response is "wa alaikum salam".
  • Bangladeshis will append a suffix to a person’s name to denote respect and the level of closeness between the two people.
  • In general, age dictates how people are addressed.If people are of the same age, they use first names. If
    the person being addressed is older than the speaker, the person is
    called by their first name and a suffix that denotes the family

Meet and Greet in Russia

  • The typical greeting is a firm, almost bone-crushing handshake while
    maintaining direct eye contact and giving the appropriate greeting for 
    the time of day.

Meet and Greet in Germany

  • Shake hands with everyone – even children

Meet and Greet in Japan
Greetings in Japan are very formal and ritualized. It is important to show the correct amount of respect and deference to someone based upon their status relative to your own.

  • If at all possible, wait to be introduced. It can be seen as impolite to introduce yourself, even in a large gathering.
  • While
    foreigners are expected to shake hands, the traditional form of
    greeting is the bow. How far you bow depends upon your relationship to
    the other person as well as the situation. The deeper you bow, the more
    respect you show. A foreign visitor (‘gaijin’) may bow the head
    slightly, since no one expects foreigners to generally understand the
    subtle nuances of bowing.



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