Business Meeting

Make sure you arrive for appointments on time, but understand that Australians sometimes have more of a casual attitude toward time

If you are late arrival- it may cause you to be perceived as a careless and unreliable businessperson

If you think you may be late for an appointment- call your counterpart

Australian organisations tend to be fairly non-hierarchical in their structure

Presentations of any kind should be straightforward, with an emphasis on both the positive and negative outcomes

Keep your presentation simple

Don’t break eye contact with an Australian when he or she is talking to you

Australia is casual and informal, but not loud

Touching, patting or hugging other men in public are considered socially unacceptable

Your best approach is to remain friendly, relaxed, modest, and unpretentious

try to control any behaviour such as nervousness, officiousness, or self-importance

Australians are very difficult to impress

Dont think that because of your brand name, or ‘global success’ you will be accepted by Australians

Australians tend to be receptive to new ideas

Do not give the impression that you think you are somebody special

Little attention is paid to titles and rankings within organisations

Managers are not expected to see themselves as in any way superior to their colleagues

Authoritarian style of management will be received very badly

It is much better to adopt a consultative style of management, which is inclusive of every person’s opinions and which encourages an open debate of ideas

Challenging the ideas of the boss in open meetings is not seen as rude

Getting the job completed quickly is more important than the niceties of protocol or hierarchy

keep with the Australian direct style of communication

Punctuality is considered a virtue in Australia

It is customary to go through a few minutes small talk before getting down to the key issues of the meeting

Sport is a very common theme of discussions

Little preparation is done for meetings

Meetings are often viewed as the forum for the open debate of an issue

If agendas are produced, they tend to be followed loosely.

Do not be surprised if people appear five to ten minutes late for a meeting

Some small talk is usually engaged in before the meeting proper starts

Agendas are often produced at meetings but will not, necessarily, be strictly adhered to

Teams are best managed by somebody who wants to be part of the team

A team leader should view themselves the first amongst equals

Australians like people to say exactly what is on their mind

Hiding your views behind diplomatic language can be seen as evasiveness

They generally prefer direct eye contact and consider it as a sign of respect

When meeting for business, they focus on a task and like to talk business from the beginning

Communication style is direct

People usually mean what they say and say what they mean

Communication topics: weather, sports

Religion, politics and sex are usually not discussed

Australians tend to put directness before diplomacy

Humour is acceptable in all situations

First names are invariably used in all business situations

Australian corporate structures are matrix oriented, without too many layers of management

Australians find arguments and opinionated conversation entertaining, so don’t hesitate to express your views

Your Australian companions will be quick to let you know if you have introduced a subject that ‘crosses the line’

Australians like to joke about themselves, but they are not receptive to others doing the same

Australians try not to draw too much attention to their academic qualifications or any other personal achievement

People don’t usually touch each other

It is polite to wait for a third party to introduce you to others

Maintaining personal space is important in this culture

Australians are not comfortable with silence and will feel they have to say something

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