This is a method used in feng shui to gage positive energy
This represents how far away/close you are to agreement
This indicates nervousness and should be capitalized upon
This is a sure sign they have little interest in your proposal
This is a well know tactic to make foreigners feel uncomfortable and expose weaknesses
They are probably taking calls from superiors; to not answer would be rude
Hello, how are you?
How is your family?
Have you eaten?
Write them down and distribute them
Call a casual group meeting
Approach people individually
Go back to your desk and wait until the conversation is over
Interrupt their conversation and ask the question
Stand there and watch them until the conversation is over
Yes, Dutch communication is direct and to the point.
No, you can expect a long get-to-know conversation with your business partner before getting down to business.