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Do's and Don'ts in Georgia


Clothing

  • DO wear dark suits for business meetings.
  • DO dress conservatively if visiting a church.


Food/Drinks

  • DO keep your hands visibly on the table and not on your lap, but don't rest your elbows on the table either.
  • DO try all the dishes available.
  • DO take small portions for your first helping so you can save room for seconds, or even thirds.
  • DO finish all that is served to you.


Gifts

  • DO give a thoughtful gift as opposed to something expensive.
  • DO give an odd number of flowers, as even numbers of flowers are given for funerals.
  • DO follow the lead of who you are exchanging gifts with, as gifts are not always opened when received.


Visting Someone's Home

  • DO bring flowers, chocolate, or sweets when visiting a Georgian home.
  • DO bring a little something for your hosts' children, as well.
  • DO expect to be treated very well. Hospitality is important in Georgia.
  • DO answer affirmatively if you are asked by your hosts if you are enjoy Georgia and its cuisine.


Business

  • DO have one side of your business card translated to Georgian.
  • DO maintain eye contact at business meetings. It shows trust.
  • DO prepare biographies of everyone who will be at the meeting.
  • DON'T expect decisions to be made or contracts to be signed at the initial meeting.
  • DO be patient. Business decisions are often made at the top of the company.
  • DO expect meetings to be interrupted. This is not out of disrespect to you; it's just how the Georgian business world is.


Other

  • DO shake hands while saying "gamarjoba" which means hello. Maintain eye contact during greeting.
  • DO say "gamarjoba" to passersby on the street when visiting small Georgian towns.
  • DO wait for a woman to extend her hand first.
  • DO expect meetings to be interrupted. This is not out of disrespect to you; it's just how the Georgian business world is.







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