Culture File 9:
People who meet regularly on business will normally use first names. In North America, they often meet socially too, which is why Josh asks about Michael’s wife, Jodie. It is also common to ask about children. North Americans and British people shake hands on introduction, and if they meet after a long time. In the rest of Europe, people shake hands more often. Business colleagues may shake hands each day or more than once a day.
People don’t bow on meeting. Women meeting men acquaintances and friends may kiss them on the cheek or even hug. Women may do the same to other women. This used to be more frequent in non-English-speaking countries in Europe and Latin America, but the custom is increasing rapidly in English-speaking countries.