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Your Compact Guide to Doing Business in Germany:

The Ten blunders you should avoid

- chapter excerpt - 

Do you always manage to make the impression that you want to make? If you are unsure, the following ten tips will provide you with a short survival guide to help you avoid making common etiquette blunders when in Germany:

1. A weak handshake
A weak handshake gives others the impression that you are insecure and not convinced of your abilities. For this reason, always shake hands firmly without squeezing and without holding on to the other's hand for too long or too short a time. A firm handshake sends a message of trust, frankness, sincerity, consideration and honesty.

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2. Being too touchy
Everyone has a personal distance zone that surrounds them, and unexpected intrusions into this zone are unwelcome. If this zone is not respected, a person will usually try to get out of the situation by moving out of reach which can end up being a very awkward and embarrassing situation for both people.
Simply placing your hand on someone's shoulder may be irritating and make you appear too authoritative. If your business partner is not a long time friend of yours, then a handshake is the only situation in which you would make physical contact with someone.
If you should accidentally bump into someone or kick them under the table, then you should immediately excuse yourself, with, "Entschuldingung, das war nicht meine Absicht." ("Excuse me, that wasn't my intention").

Do not touch someone without permission, even if you think that you could be making a welcoming or friendly gesture. Others could interpret this as suggestive or aggressive. See Chapter 13 for more on this topic

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