Being shy in business seem very rare in your field if you are not in Myanmar business field. But here in Myanmar, you will see many are shy. They are nervous to speak out something they are not feeling satisfied. Even I’m shy sometimes to speak. We called is in Myanmar language ‘Arr Nar Tal’. Myanmar people are too Arr Nar Tal in dealing with people.
Because of many reasons people are shy. For example, you worked under someone’s management in the past. One day you deal with him as a business partner or competitor. You’re not his employee anymore. In such case, what do you feel? Let’s say that he were too good to you while you worked under him. Today he is your competitor in a business competition. So do you dare deal with him face to face? Yep, you will probably do. But for us like people in Myanmar. There are some conditions.
People here in Myanmar too much take care about respects and honour. We respect people who is higher than us in rank and position and who is older than us. Therefore when dealing with them, we usually think for them a lot before taking any decision and before talking to them, because we are afraid of losing relation with them. May be the other reason is we are afraid people gossip about us around like we betrayed someone. Actually it’s not a betraying, but people see is as a disrespectful manner to win someone who was your mentor, teacher, Sir, etc.
So what you gonna do? It’s not only happening between people who has past relation each other, but also people who start building new relation for business. Myanmar people are shy to talk about money loudly. They are shy to negotiate the price because they are afraid of people gossiping and judging behind. The mistake is people are taking their personal feeling in their decision of business. It comes from cultures belief and religious belief. I hope you pass the obstacle.