Have you ever heard of the story of Jean Mac, a young European businessman? Recently, he and two other colleagues were invited by a delegate of potential clients who come from China to a business lunch. Arriving earlier than the hosts, they found the place themselves around the round table, and Jean Mac found a place facing the entrance. Then, the hosts came, feeling quite offence and in the end no contract was signed.
Do you know why such bad thing happened?
And how can we avoid such things in business?
Actually, the main reason is the crashes between different cultures. The Chinese has strict seating protocol reserved for meals. Jean Macís seat should have been reserved for the master of the banquet or the one with highest status.
This is not a rare case in business. Thus, you should equip yourselves with thorough knowledge of etiquettes (politeness) in business lunch (a meeting with lunch to talk about business or to entertain customers) in different contexts right from now.