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How to dress for a business meeting in Vietnam?

How to greet or address a professional in Vietnam?

  • Greeting should be according to status of the other person.
  • Handshakes are common. However, remember not to shake hands with a woman first, unless she indicates to you that she is alright with it. If not handshakes, a gentle nod will do the trick.
  • You can use first names of a person while addressing him or her.
  • If you are familiar with the honorific title of a person, use it during first meetings.
  • Women’s names don’t change after marriage.

 

What is the etiquette for a business meeting in Vietnam?

  • Prior to arriving in Vietnam, it is important to seek an appointment several weeks before the meeting. This can be done through a Vietnamese contact, who would also serve the purpose of an interpreter.
  • Arrive on time to meetings.
  • Clothe yourselves in a formal and conservative manner.
  • Handshakes are the most common forms of greeting the person of the same gender. They use both hands while doing so. The left hand is placed on the right wrist.
  •  Wait for a woman to indicate before you shake her hand. If she does not make an initiative, a gentle nod will do.
  • Business cards are important and should be presented by both hands. They should not be treated menially, and should be kept properly.
  • Due to the power positioning relevant in business arenas, the senior-most person of the group will be the first to enter a room.
  • Even if someone disagrees with a point stated by you, they will not bluntly point it out. Instead, they will remain silent.
  • Foster a good relation with your Vietnamese counterparts. Use the initial meeting for the purpose of introduction and light-hearted talk alone.
  • If you promise something, make sure that you deliver. Otherwise, it would lead to embarrassment.
  • Negotiating decisions are taken at a slow pace. This is because they have to consult a certain group of people and procedure.
  • The ritual of giving gifts after a meeting or during dining with business associates is prevalent.
  • Make sure that the gifts are not expensive. Items that carry your company’s logo or something classical from your country are the best options.


What is the proper way to communicate in Vietnam?

  • The Vietnamese people converse in a very indirect way. Thus, keep the context and behavioural gestures of the communicator in mind while interpreting meanings.
  • Even in case of disapproval or bad news, they prefer not to state in bluntly to save you from embarrassment. You must follow suit.
  • The people in the South of Vietnam are more direct in their speech than the Northern people.
  • Even while the speech of some may sound affirmative, they may be only doing so to avoid conflict. Keep this in mind and pick up hints.
  • Develop a good relation with your Vietnamese counterparts. Some people may not take your speech seriously unless you have good relations with them.


Also Read: Customs followed in Vietnam

Last update on February 2, 3:46 pm by Nidhi S.