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Mary Murray Bosrock's tips on doing business abroad

The following are some tips from author Mary Murray Bosrock that American women should keep in mind when doing business abroad:

Once you are recognized as a competent businessperson with the authority to make decisions, you will be able to establish a very good working relationship. Your progress will then be determined by what you do, not by who you are.

You should, however, take the time to research the local customs and attitude toward women. Knowing the expected behavior will make you and your foreign counterparts more comfortable.

For instance, you might want to know:

Mary Murray Bosrock has written the award-winning "Put Your Best Foot Forward'' series, as well as "European Business Customs & Manners'' and "AsianBusiness Customs & Manners," country-by-country guides on how to converse, negotiate, dress, dine, and socialize when doing business abroad.