1. Be aware of local customs and norms. In many European cities, 8 a.m. educational sessions don’t fly because people are used to starting later. Also, in some European cities, people eat dinner much later, perhaps 10 p.m., and lunches are generally long and leisurely, often including cocktails or wine. In some Asian countries, it’s customary to exchange gifts with local officials. Check with local vendors or members for details on the destination.