How to dress for a business meeting in Turkey?

  • Business officials dress in a conservative manner. The dress should include a suit along with a tie. Women should be clothed in smart and professional attire.
  • However, the cities of Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir are very humid and warm in climate. Thus, it is acceptable to not include suits and ties in these cities.
  • While the urban cities are pretty lax when it comes to dressing, you should dress very conservatively in the rural areas. Women should avoid keeping their arms and legs uncovered. Also, women’s clothing shouldn’t be skin-tight. Men should refrain from wearing shorts too.

How to greet or address a professional in Turkey?

  • You should possess the virtue of politeness while conversing with Turks. Learn basic Turkish greeting words.
  • In business arenas, shaking hands is the most common type of greeting.
  • Elders are given foremost importance. You should ask for elderly people when needing advice or opinion over some matter.
  • Though Turks are very affectionate, it is highly inappropriate for couples to engage in kissing and touching in public places.
  • Be aware of the different words used for saying Goodbye, depending on who is speaking.
  • Names of Turkish people can be broken down into three parts. The first name is derived from a relative or grandparent, which is used only in official documents. The second name is the actual name given to a person, while the third is the family name, passed on from the father.
  • Women change their third names to their husband’s third names after marriage.
  • While addressing someone, use their second and third names along with Bey (Mr.) in case of a man, and Hanim (Ms.) in case of a woman.
  • Another title used is Sayin, which is only used while writing.

What is the etiquette for a business meeting in Turkey?

  • Make appointments before you meet someone through telephone, with an advance period of one or two weeks.
  • Refrain from taking appointments during the months of July and August, because most Turks take holidays during that time. They should also not be sought during the holy month of Ramadan.
  • You should be on time always. However, you would be kept waiting in some cases.
  • Before doing business with strangers, Turks will try to get to know those people. Thus, don’t expect to talk about business in the first meeting itself. Fist meetings should consist of small talk.
  • If you have referential documents, keep them in both Turkish and English languages.
  • If you decide to do a presentation, it should be elaborate and well- researched. Use lots of visual aids such as charts, tables, and diagrams.

What is the proper way to communicate in Turkey?

  • A lot of information may be passed on by your Turkish counterparts through non-verbal hints. Pay attention to that and remember the context of the conversation.
  • To avoid being blunt, Turks may beat around the bush and use euphemism while talking.
  • Be kind while talking, and don’t criticise people while doing so.
  • They will display emotions while communicating. Do not feel awkward or get offended.


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Last update on February 2, 11:54 am by Nidhi S.