General

Personal relationships are very important for Turks

Schedule meetings ahead of time – at least one to two weeks in advance and confirm by email or telephone call

Handshakes are important to Turks

It is important to shake hands when greeting someone and also when leaving

Turkish society is highly influenced by Islam

You should not schedule any appointments during Ramadan or during July and August, since these are the most common annual holiday periods for Turkish business people

Arrange appointments in advance. Try to do so via telephone and confirm it with a letter or an e-mail.

Call a few days before to check that the meeting is still convenient

People greet each other by shaking hands or by kissing on both cheeks

Good first impression is to speak highly of Turkey, its natural resources, people, geographic importance

It is best to avoid speaking about religion and politics

Humour is greatly appreciated

when dealing with senior managers in most companies, it is recommended to use an interpreter in order to avoid misunderstandings

Foreign managers consider Turks flexible and practical. The best way to approach them is by phone and email in the early stages, then by following up with direct communications

When interacting with colleagues and acquaintances, an arm’s length is an appropriate amount of interpersonal space

Good first impression is to speak highly of Turkey, its natural resources, people, geographic importance

It is best to avoid speaking about religion and politics

Humour is greatly appreciated

when dealing with senior managers in most companies, it is recommended to use an interpreter in order to avoid misunderstandings

Public gestures of affection are limited

Most Turkish businesspeople have a good command of English. Other international languages spoken included Arabic, Greek, French and German

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