- Shake hands when meeting someone for the first time.Â (Men shake firmly, women shake softly)
- Talk about family, hobbies, and vacations
- Keep eye contact because it shows you are interested in the conversation.Â
- Women kiss once on the cheek, but not the firstÂ meeting.Â
- Travel with a group because violence and kidnapping is prevalentÂ Â Â
- Drive with doors locked because of car-jackings at traffic lights.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
- Wait until everyone has been served before eating.
- Converse while eating. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
- Talk about politics.Â People have strong opinions about them.
- Touch the first time you meet someone; Venezuelans need to trust youÂ before physical contact
- Give the middle finger or the “OK” sign;Â theyÂ areÂ seen as crude.
- Turn your back when someone is talking to you because itÂ showsÂ disinterest in the topic.Â
- Â Wearing jewelry, carrying large sums of money, or displaying cash, credit cards, phones, etc.
- Walking at night in most areas.
- Don’tÂ slurp, belch, or chew loudly.
- Leave the table before everyone has finished eating.