U.S. is not superior to other nations. Some Americans visit other countries with the attitude that the United States is doing those nations a favor by transacting business with them. Not only is that assumption wrong, but also it conveys a negative impression to the host countries where you are trying to establish professional business connections. Go with the attitude of appreciation for the opportunity of offering your goods and services to an international market.
Not everyone speaks English. Although English is the global language of commerce, not every business owner and employee in other countries can speak the language well, or even passably. Be prepared to learn a few common expressions in the native tongue to get by, or hire a translator.
Don’t assume the international monetary unit is the U.S. dollar. In some places that is true. But most countries use their own currency, necessitating a currency exchange for purchases in other lands, unless you use an internationally-recognized credit card. Keep in mind that monetary exchanges and credit card transactions may require a significant fee overseas.
The same credit terms and rates don’t apply in other countries as in the U.S. Although contracts and credit accounts may be similar, conditions of their use may differ sharply. Find out what you need to know before getting involved in credit risk management.
Americans are not stereotyped. Expect neither discriminatory nor special treatment. In most places around the world, Americans are treated equitably. Be mindful of laws and rules that govern public life. Respect other nations’ morals and cultural differences, even if you don’t always agree.
Overseas business is not always difficult. Most companies welcome the chance to do business with the U.S. and will provide a pleasant and unique experience. You will have the opportunity to learn more about other countries’ business practices, and you will most likely meet interesting people, and perhaps even do some sightseeing.
International business trips can be enlightening and informative for you and the company you represent. On a personal level, you will be able to see the business world from a new perspective. Enjoy the chance to conduct business overseas as a meaningful learning experience.