Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Kisses? Handshake? Hugs? Holiday Tip #3

Hugs? Kisses? Handshakes? Even when a holiday celebration is a business event our greetings tend to be a little warmer, more personal, less formal than during the other times of the year. A little “air” kiss on the cheek can replace a handshake without causing uproar. Friendly but reserved. No matter what you select - hug, pat on the back, kiss or handshake - remember, if a party is part business, it's business! Be remembered for your skills not your greetings.

However, the challenge of the kiss (which cheek? How many?) doesn't end with the holiday season. For the business traveler, especially those traveling outside the US, these questions are often important. Miss the rhythm and risk your nose being smacked, head bumped. Questions about what to do? Check out the website www.blistex.com and look in the Lip Info section. You’ll find a few quotes and a guide to kissing patterns in a nine European countries. This site can be an unexpected but useful resource to check before you pick your passport and head to the airport.