Global gifting: a sampling of suitable gifts, from local honey to yak hair hats.

The time has come to seal the deal. You've researched, planned and negotiated and things are going swimmingly, when, moments after you present your potential clients with a gift, the proceedings rapidly sour. The room turns cold and you are escorted swiftly to the door, narrowly dodging a kick in the pants. You blew it. Just like that, you were done in by your lovely gift of ... sandals. Death by flip-flops. Why? Because according to according toprep.1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.2. In keeping with: according to instructions.3.Chinese culture and countries guided by its influence, straw sandals represent funerals. Who knew? And how are you supposed to know?[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED][ILLUSTRATION OMITTED][ILLUSTRATION OMITTED][ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]Cultural and religious customs and protocols need to be part of your toolkit if you're going to do business in the worldwide market. The new global economy demands that the savvy businessperson become familiar with more than currencies and national holidays, learning whether a culture eats pork or sees the color red as the equivalent to a curse of everlasting hell. You need to study these things "These Things" is an EP by She Wants Revenge, released in 2005 by Perfect Kiss, a subsidiary of Geffen Records. Music VideoThe music video stars Shirley Manson, lead singer of the band Garbage. Track Listing1. "These Things [Radio Edit] - 3:172. before you go. Beyond blowing a deal, you could offend someone's ego or find yourself running for the border.But to be knowledgeable about every country's customs is time-consuming. Luckily a number of web sites and books have arisen to safely guide the wary executive through gift-giving waters. Plus, we've found many gifts that are all-around appropriate along with tips shared by local execs who themselves have received a menagerie of items from the fabulous to the downright confusing.To consistently please and delight people--and make your dealings a success--here are some good rules of thumb. First, unless the destination culture absolutely prohibits gifts, considers them a bribe or showy showyadj.
those who are looking for this market kindly visit and also .showier, showiest1. Making an imposing or aesthetically pleasing display; striking: showy flowers.2. display of wealth, always give a gift. "In my experience, it is completely unacceptable not to give a gift, even if it's a small thing," reports Heather King Heather King is the morning show anchor for WITN-TV, based in Greenville and Washington, North Carolina. The show runs weekdays from 5:00-7:00 AM. She also does the news updates during the Today Show every 30 minutes from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM. , product manager at USANA USANA United States of America Netball AssociationUSANA United States Army Nuclear Agency Health Sciences who has done business primarily in East Asia East AsiaA region of Asia coextensive with the Far East.East Asian adj. & n. . "Even associates visiting from Australia, where gifts are not traditionally exchanged, always bring something."Choose a gift that is appropriate to the person's position in the company, i.e. an impressive gift for a senior executive and more subtle gifts for assisting staff. Or you may consider giving one large gift to the entire group, suggests Bradford Richardson, vice president of international development at USANA who has done business in every corner of the globe for 20 years. "It's nice to give something that shows you gave it some thought." The key is to be respectful and tasteful, never flashy and loud. And he adds, as many agree, gifts should always be wrapped--and in colors that reflect professionalism. No hot pink, no streamers Streamers is a play by David Rabe.The last in his Vietnam War trilogy that began with The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel and Sticks and Bonesand no balloons. Think Armani versus Dolce dolce Musicadv. & adj.In a gentle and sweet manner. Used chiefly as a direction.[From Italian, sweet, from Latin dulcis.]Adv. 1. & Gabbana.Now, for all you chintzy chintzyadj. chintzier, chintziest1. Of, relating to, or decorated with chintz.2.a. Gaudy; trashy: chintzy merchandise.b. Stingy; miserly. tippers and coupon snippers: The opportunity to meet and impress a new client is not the time to be cheap. Even if a gift is small, its quality should be immediately evident.Next, presentation. Tossing a gift across the conference table while yelling, "Go long, buddy!" will not go over well, nor will you impress anyone with your perfect spiral. If instincts tell you the situation is informal, present your gift with one hand. But just to be safe, a somewhat solemn, two-handed exchange will do the trick.Now, what to give? The gifts that make the biggest impression are gifts indigenous to your home state or region. "We always give something that is unique to Utah," says Tina Stahlke Lewis, director of the International Business Development Office for the State of Utah. Stahlke Lewis manages official government business and greets international diplomats, but her suggestions translate to any field.Utah doesn't have famous maple syrup maple syrup:see under maple. like Vermont or pecans like Alabama, but we've got scenic wonders to spare. But since red rocks tend to lose their "wow factor" once removed from the desert, the next best thing and a premier gift is a coffee table book of gorgeous and diverse Utah landscapes. A great choice is Utah: A Centennial Celebration by Brooke Williams with photography by Tom Till and a forward by Terry Tempest Williams Terry Tempest Williams (born 1955), is an American author, naturalist, and environmental activist. The main subject of her writings is the deserts of the American West. She is considered an ecologist and a naturalist, but writes about other issues as well, including issues of . It sells for about $45.00. "Everyone loves books about Utah," says Stahlke Lewis. "They are heavy to travel with, so they don't work well if you have to carry too many." That's when flat, lightweight calendars come into play, she suggests, a fun gift to pass out to a group of people. The 2005 Utah Travel Council calendar is now available for $11.26 at http://travel.utah.gov/. If you buy more than 50, the price drops to $6.75.Honey is a sweet and symbolic gift that represents the industrious beginnings of our state and its most well-known symbol, the beehive Beehive(star cluster): see Praesepe.beehiveheraldic and verbal symbol. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 193]See : Industriousness . Local harvesters, Cox Honey and Miller's Honey both sell beautiful jars and unique gift sets that make simple, tasteful (and tasty) offerings. Cox's offers an old fashioned n. 1. A cocktail consisting of whiskey, bitters, and sugar, garnished with with fruit slices and often a cherry.Noun 1. old fashioned - a cocktail made of whiskey and bitters and sugar with fruit slices 12-ounce jar for $5.50 (www.coxhoney.com) or choose a package from Miller's that includes three three-ounce jars of clover, cinnamon and creamy honey for $6.17; or a larger set that includes a one-pound clover, a one-pound creamy, six pieces honey candy, a wooden honey dipper A honeydipper is a tool for dipping honey out of a honey pot. and a beeswax beeswax:see wax.beeswaxCommercially useful wax secreted by worker honeybees to make the cell walls of the honeycomb. A bee consumes an estimated 6-10 lbs (3-4. candle for $14.85, all found at www.millerhoney.com.[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED][ILLUSTRATION OMITTED][ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]If sweetening them up with honey doesn't work, chocolate--any chocolate--is a fantastic all-around gift. Stephens Gourmet cocoa is a Utah product that offers a variety of delicious selections. However, chocolate brings us to another subject: giving ice to Eskimos, as they say. Ensure that you do not give something someone already has, a product found readily in a person's own country such as wine to the French or coffee to the Javanese. Or as mentioned above, even though chocolate is a gift adored the world over, do not give it to the Swiss. They have plenty.The romanticism and wildness of the West (whether the Old West still exists is beside the point) is appealing to other cultures, and gifts rooted in its various heritages are big hits, says Stahlke Lewis, such as Native American blankets, turquoise or cowboy boots. Be http://www.regalosazulcielo.com.ar/brindis-a-domicilio - brindis a domicilio zona norte - careful with items of Native American origin however, as they can be symbols in themselves. A Kokopelli, representing abundance and joy or fertility and sexuality, could send the wrong message. Turquoise, on the other hand, has an association as a symbol of wealth or trade.Just in case you forgot, Salt Lake City is among the elite cities to have welcomed the Olympics and paraphernalia from the games is always praised, says Stahlke Lewis, especially in other host cities or those that will soon have the honor. O.C Tanner offers "The Utah Box," a small enamel "snuff box" that has become a collector's item collector's itemNounan object highly valued by collectors for its beauty or rarityNoun 1. collector's item - the outstanding item (the prize piece or main exhibit) in a collectionpiece de resistance, showpiece . This particular box has icons of the Olympics, the Sego lily sego lily(s?`g?), ornamental plant (Calochortus nuttallii) of the family Liliaceae (lily family), also known in parts of the West as mariposa lily. It is native to the region W of the Rocky Mts. , seagulls, Lake Powell Noun 1. Lake Powell - the second largest reservoir in the United States; located in southern Utah and north central Arizona and formed by the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River and the state seal State seal may refer to one of the following:One of Seals of the U.S. statesOne of State seals of Russian Empire, for $180.00. Among dozens of other corporate gifts O.C Tanner sells is a crystal beehive jam jar jam jarjam n -> pot m confiture, a perfect complement to Utah honey.If none of these gifts appeal, items from your own firm that display the company logo, such as a paperweight or a mousepad, are guaranteed not to be embarrassing. Fine pens are good too; they are to an executive like sharp knives to a chef--you can't get enough--but Richardson offers some advice. "Give them something they can actually use. If you give a pen, don't give one with your company's logo on it because they may be meeting with the competition the next day," he says, and will thus stuff your pen in the drawer.If all else fails, get creative--while maintaining an observance for customs and quirks, of course. Stahlke Lewis keeps among her throng of gifts from visiting diplomats a hat from the ambassador of Kyrgyzstan. "It's a gigantic hat made out of yak hair. It's very tall with a cuff and it's embroidered embroiderv. embroidered, embroidering, embroidersv.tr.1. To ornament with needlework: embroider a pillow cover.2. and tasseled." Though she doesn't wear it around town, she wore it when taking a picture with the ambassador.This gift gets kudos for its originality.When in doubt, give. Keep it simple. Think local, and when necessary, tutor yourself in the cultural or ethnic nuances of those to whom you are giving gifts. Your gift should represent your company's personality or innovation, and has the potential to promote and encourage a healthy business relationship.WEBSITES & BOOKSwww.business.com. Enter "international communication" in the site's search engine it will lead to a number of links.http://www.cyborlink.com/besite/international_gift_giving.htm. Kim's Classy Business Tips Newsletter, a thorough document explaining just about every cultural no-no and offering some alternatives.www.executiveplanet.com. Great site for Business Culture Guides.www.globalprotocol.comwww.e-corporategifts.comCross-Cultural Business Behaviorby Richard GestelandPalema Ostermiller is executive editor of Utah Homes & Gardens and Architecture Utah.COPYRIGHT 2004 Olympus Publishing Co.No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.Copyright 2004 Gale, Cengage Learning. 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