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Quiz: Ice breaking strategies

Everyone needs a few tricks for breaking the ice with new people, a way to start a conversation and make everyone feel included. Try our quiz and see how much you know about tried and tested strategies:
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Start thinking about making your visitor feel at home

How would you like to be treated when travelling? What sort of food would you like to be offered? Whatever it is, it is fair to say that it will not suit everyone, so you need to put yourself in your business partner's shoes and try to imagine what they might like or, better still, ask, in writing if necessary:

  • Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions so that we can ensure that our caterers take this into consideration.

Often, people don't want to cause what they may see as unnecessary bother, so are reluctant to say that they really don't like fish or prefer to drink green tea rather than any other variety, so having a choice of foods and/or drinks to offer will help.

Do your research

In some cases, a little research into specific country food habits will tell you whether your guest is likely, for example, to eat pork or not, to enjoy dairy products or to prefer coffee to tea (although remember that typical does not mean that everyone will be the same!) Again, it is possible to carry out a little research and then to make an educated guess at what would best suit your guest, for example:

  • South East Asian visitors may not like dairy products
  • US visitors may not wish to eat raw milk cheeses
  • South American visitors may like a little more chili in their dishes than you are used to

These are all, of course, gross generalisations, but it may be best to err on the side of caution and either ask your visitor whether they would like to try a new dish or avoid foods that may be unfamiliar.

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