Montreal Business Manners


When it comes to proper business manners, the UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization considers culture as a

"set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual, and emotional features of a society or a social group, that encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs"

Proper business manners as in treating other people with courtesy and politeness along with a correct public behaviour.


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A series of Montreal Business Manners 1 to 12 and the reasons why they are important. Some are related to culture issues, others to professional behavior. Being familiar with our cultural diversity does bring important advantages.


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Business Manners 2 related to culture questions, professional behavior, social habits and local values, beliefs, attitudes. A cultural competence mixed with a proper cultural behavior and the ability to relate to all kinds of professional and cultural situations.


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Business Manners 3, cultures issues and a few business and social explanations about Montreal and Montrealers. A look at our business culture, strategic planning, cultural competence and culture issues.


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Business Manners 4 about how business is done in our surroundings, how to behave in various situations and what our main social and cultural activities and. Montrealers differ from one another, but they are usually tolerant of cultural differences.


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The essence of any cultural and Business Manners 5 is not what is visible on the surface, it is about how people understand and interpret their world. Being familiar with the cultural diversity of an organization does bring important advantages.


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According to our Business Manners 6, men do not touch each other except when they shake hands or play sports, but women are less bound by these rules. Montrealers have a strong sense of personal space and displaying affection in public is rather exceptional.


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Behind our Business Manners 7 are the famous words "Si c'était à refaire, je commencerais par la culture" by Jean Monnet, the founder of the European Community. Famous words written by Helene Ahrweiler, but never pronounced by Jean Monnet.


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Business Manners 8 as in culture questions and answers and the work done to increase the visibility of our minorities in managerial positions. A visible minority employment status that can be compared to the employment status of many women.


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Montreal is primarily a French speaking society where our Montreal Business Manners 9 are rather important. As a whole, Montreal is pluralistic, respectful of freedom of conscience in an harmonious environment free of assimilation intent.


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Business Manners 10 is about a rather informal, relaxed and casual office dress codes for men and for women, although there may be differences between the private and the public sectors. 


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Business Manners 11 is about us spending time with you and you with us so we can properly behave and properly react in various business and personal situations. A mutual understanding and respect of our respective rules and customs.


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Business Manners 12 and Montrealers who tend to address each other on a first-name basis. It is, however, recommended to use Mr or Mrs or Ms on a first encounter. 


Montreal GLOBAL Kit
Business Manners
by Rachel Louise Barry

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