by Ty'Niesha Moore

meeting and greeting

  • Shake hands or give a slight bow when introduced.
  • Bow when greeting a Mexican woman. Shake hands only if she extends her hand first.

Dining & entertainment

  • Business entertainment is very important and it is during these events that personal relationships should be developed.
  • Always keep both hands above the table.
  • Don't leave the table immediately after you are finished eating.
  • Drinking to excess is frowned upon in Mexico, especially when it's done by women. Customarily, only men propose toasts; foreign women normally shouldn't offer toasts.

etiquette tip

  • Any attempt to speak Spanish is appreciated by your Mexican counterparts and is seen as a gesture of goodwill. Demonstrating knowledge and appreciation of Mexican culture wins friends.