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PR Connections #14 – COMM 4333 and 2322

In my Public Relations Applications class, we traveled all around the world, learning how to conduct business in the other countries. Elijah Gil and I were assigned Mexico. We learned a lot about doing business in this South American country and heard about our classmates’ findings as well. It is always important to know about certain superstitions and conditions. For example, it is bad luck in Japan to say the word “four” therefore, that is great knowledge for a traveling business woman since I would most likely offend them. Here are some other Do’s and Dont’s we found when dealing with international communications.

 

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS: MEXICO

  • Know spanish – the official language of the country.
  • Have patience – they will not be rigidly punctual since they put more emphasis on their personal obligations.
  • Leave afternoon as a second option – Mexicans prefer to do business between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • In Mexico, men shake hands – women offer hand for a polite kiss by a gentleman.

Drea ! xoxo

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  1. November 15, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    This class was such an interesting time to be abel to explore other cultures and how they do things as well. I have been blessed to be able to go to Mexico this past summer. It was really neat to be able to enter a whole different culture. One of my part of that culture in Mexico is the afternoon ciesta. That is when everyone comes back for lunch and then takes a nap because the heat is so strong and it is time to be with family.

  2. November 17, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    I thought this was a great exercise to do in class! If it were already on a powerpoint ready for us to read, it would have been really boring. It was a lot of fun doing the research in pairs and then being able to walk around the classroom and see the similarities and differences between all of the countries. Not only was this a fun lesson, I also think it was a very important lesson. So many cultures have a different way of communicating with one another and a lot of times they have different ideas of what they believe to be good and bad. As PR majors, this is something we should be aware of, especially if we plan on traveling internationally.

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