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Minding your manners is especially important when work and career are involved. Brush up on business etiquette with this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Conservative dress
- Written requests
Be polite and use titles when addressing, introducing, or writing to a businessperson. This includes calling men "herr" and women "frau" before saying their title and last name.
Watch the clock
Watch the clock when you are scheduled for a business meeting with German colleagues. Punctuality is very important. Being too early could be considered just as rude as being late.
Dress conservatively for meetings with German businesspeople. If you are a man, do not remove your jacket unless your German counterparts do so.
Knock on doors
Knock on a person's office door before entering, always. German companies generally have a closed-door policy. This is to maintain privacy.
Put everything in writing
Put everything in writing. Germany businesspeople rarely do things through verbal requests.