As the old adage goes, you have only one chance to make a first impression. In business and politics, that first impression can be the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship – or a faux pas that freezes the relationship before it’s even begun.

While people around the world generally accept a proffered handshake – even if it is culturally or circumstantially inappropriate – showing cultural sensitivity from the very beginning can set the stage for long-term success.

Hover over the icons on the map below to learn what greeting is appropriate in different circumstances around the world.

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