Korean Business Tips Newsletter

Give yourself an edge in Korea with valuable tips about business in Korea!

I send occasional Korean business tips and service updates to an opt-in-only list of recipients who want to improve their results in Korea. I focus my tips on valuable, actionable insights to help you in your business, investments, and legal matters in Korea. 

These are the eight free reports:

  1. Korean Business Etiquette Guide
  2. Guide to Business Cards in Korea
  3. Collection of 40+ Korean Translation Tips
  4. 10 Big Ideas for Marketing to Koreans
  5. Common Korean Expressions Kit
  6. Top 10 Gifts to Give in Korea
  7. Korean Translation Services Buyers Guide
  8. Succeed in Korea by Understanding Korean Company Hierarchy

Get actionable insights to improve your business in Korea and with Koreans.

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Thank you for this course. Representatives of a Korean company visited our plant here in the US to look into our buying their goods. The lessons helped us understand some of the manners and actions much better than if we had not taken the time to inform ourselves. Consequently, the meeting was more productive. The comments about business cards and introductions were exactly to the point and helped get things to a good start. Thanks again.”

Jerry Rausch, Senior Manufacturing Engineer of Thermo Products, LLC (Lancaster, PA)

When you sign up, I will immediately email you links to the following eight free reports.


Free Report #1. Korean Business Etiquette Guide

Learn how to interact with Koreans in business. This valuable guide includes practical guidelines on the following topics:

  1. Understanding and Correctly Using Names and Titles in Korea
  2. Greetings and Introductions in Korea
  3. Business Card Exchanges in Korean Business
  4. Business Meeting Etiquette in Korea
  5. Gift Giving in Korea
  6. Table Manners and Drinking Etiquette in Korea
  7. Social Interactions and Conversation in Korean Business

“Dear Steven: The [materials are] a treasure chest of information. When I moved to Korea last year I didn’t know where to start, in terms of where to look on the net for business advice, networks and ideas. [These] provided much appreciated support for me at that time and the information… has been a big part of that. I’ve since created an outdoor health and fitness club which is now thriving and creating healthier businesspeople here too…so I continue to use… the information… for info and advice. Thank you,“

Ian Matthews (Fitness Director, BAFIK – British Army Fitness in Korea)


Free Report #2. Guide to Business Cards in Korea

Business cards are important in business in Korea. Get hands-on Korean business tips about the following topics:

  • Why Business Cards Are Important In Korea
  • Business Etiquette on How to Exchange Business Cards
  • How to Translate and Design Korean Business Cards
  • How to Get Korean Business Cards Printed both Inside and Outside Korea

“[The Rapid Relationship Building in the Far East video] was great. I deal with a lot of Asians in the U.S. and I forget to treat them with respect and to be warm and understanding with them because communication seems to be so hard. Thanks for the tips on respect, heart, and understanding. Keeping those things in mind while in the U.S. will surely get me better results so that I can travel to Asia and do better buisness one day. Great idea, heaven sent!!”

(Alexander City, Alabama)


Free Report #3. Collection of 40+ Korean Translation Tips

I am a leading Korean translator and over the years, I’ve written dozens of tips to help non-Koreans dealing with Korean translation get the most value out of the work. Here’s the whole list:

  • Tip #1: A Korean-Language Google Translation Error and Best Practices for Handling Your Korean Projects
  • Tip #2: Is the Standard Korean Greeting a Question or Not?
  • Tip #3 : A Quirk of Punctuation Usage in Korean
  • Tip #4: This Week’s Episode of “Steven’s Believe It or Not!”
  • Tip #5: Greetings to Koreans Can Be Particularly Tricky
  • Tip #6: A Surprising Aspect of Character Limitations in Korean Translations
  • Tip #7: Use a Korean-Style Holiday Greeting; Don’t Just Translate Your English One
  • Tip #8: Don’t Make Errors Like This One in the Microsoft Windows 7 Korean-Language Interface
  • Tip #9: To My Esteemed Translation Agency Reader
  • Tip #10: Korean is Taller and Skinnier Than English
  • Tip #11: Korean Has a Plural Form; It Just Doesn’t Get Used Much
    … and 30+ more!

Thank you! Your eCourse on doing business in Korea will hopefully land me a job with a Korean company. I will be there next week.”

Douglas Ritter


Free Report #4. 10 Big Ideas for Marketing to Koreans

This short Executive Report compiles valuable Korean business tips about marketing in Korea. Because each idea is accompanied by a marketing takeaway, you can apply these tips to your work right away.

  • Idea #1 – Koreans aspire to high achievement quickly.
  • Idea #2 – Koreans think their country is small.
  • Idea #3 – Korea had a rough time entering the modern era but is now on a roll.
  • Idea #4 – Korean relationships are characterized by sharing.
  • Idea #5 – Koreans see themselves as racially uniform and unique.
  • Idea #6 – Korean society is role and hierarchy based.
  • Idea #7 – Koreans all want to unify the country.
  • Idea #8 – Korean society is getting old fast
  • Idea #9 – Koreans dream of creating a new and better world.
  • Idea #10 – Ultimately, Koreans think they can’t be understood by outsiders
  • Additional insights: Transferring these lessons to Japan and China

“Thank you so much for the information provided regarding Korean Business Etiquette.”

Shayna Tate, Exaro Corporation (Cypress, CA)


Free Report #5. Common Korean Expressions Kit

This collection of easy, common Korean expressions will help you impress your Korean hosts!

  • Common Korean Expressions
  • Korean Expressions in Four Fonts (Word and .eps formats)
  • Links to recorded audio.

“Your newsletter is quite useful. I have been to Korea about 20 times and I still learned something new.”

Ben Hood, Executive Vice President for Sales of Boomi Incorporated (Conshohocken, Pennsylvania)


Free Report #6. Top 10 Gifts to Give in Korea

Don’t visit Korea without a gift. But don’t just give any of the following gifts until you’ve read the Korean business tips in this report. Most importantly, each gift matches a specific situation.

  • Souvenir from home
  • Liquor
  • Invitation for dinner
  • Household goods
  • Money
  • Gift basket
  • Invitation to visit
  • Gift certificate
  • Stickers/$2 bills
  • Souvenir from place visited

Bonus ideas – Underwear, socks, taffy and baby shoes


“I LOVED [the Korea Global Business Series”!  There are countless books out there that generally regurgitate the same “Doing Business in Korea / with Koreans” tips and I was so pleasantly surprised that these were fresh perspectives and detailed, tactile tips.  Great work.”

Ben Plantan (Partner, Gotham Orient Partners – New York City, NY)


Free Report #7. Korean Translation Services Buyers Guide

This short guide covers basic tips for hiring a resource to translate Korean for you. You may be surprised to know that I don’t think my company and I are the best option to translate English to Korean and to translate Korean to English on every project. As a result, this document lists when we’re competitive and when we aren’t. To do that, the guide uses the following four steps as an outline

  • Step #1 – Understand the translation resources available to you and determine which vendor category is right for your project.
  • Step #2 – Determine which vendor within your chosen category will deliver the highest value to you.
  • Step #3 – Prepare your project for a successful translation/typesetting outcome.
  • Step #4 – Review your project and evaluate the service you’ve received.

Also, this Guide includes a section on the basics of Korean writing, a short style guide and information on Korean dialects


“Thank you for this course. Representatives of a Korean company visited our plant here in the US to look into our buying their goods. The lessons helped us understand some of the manners and actions much better than if we had not taken the time to inform ourselves. Consequently, the meeting was more productive. The comments about business cards and introductions were exactly to the point and helped get things to a good start. Thanks again.”

Jerry Rausch, Senior Manufacturing Engineer of Thermo Products, LLC (Lancaster, PA)


Free Report #8. Succeed in Korea by Understanding Korean Company Hierarchy

Understanding how Korean company hierarchy works is critical for success in Korean business. The Korean business tips in this executive report will get you up to speed before you hire us for your Korean business translation project!

  • Four key lessons Understanding hierarchy in Korea is key to your success
    • Hierarchy is even built into the Korean language
    • There are no “flat” Korean organizations
    • Littler interaction between equals
    • Foreigners are exempt
  • Nuts and bolts of large Korean company business hierarchy

“I just wanted to say thanks for providing the [Succeed in Korean Business by Understanding Korean Company Hierarchy] report from your website. It’s quite helpful for us expats working in large companies.”

Neil Barker, HR Manager at Samsung C&T (Seoul, Korea)