Meeting styles vary by the type of business entity.

Inter-tribal marriages were important in establishing security and peace.

To this day, Kazakhs say, "the matchmaking lasts a thousand years, while the son-in-law lasts only a hundred." Arranged marriages are still the norm in many parts of the country.

They tend to speak in a roundabout fashion rather than a linear fashion.

They respond more favourably to gentle probing rather than direct questioning.

The "ways of the elders" is a popular expression that is used to explain why things are done in prescribed ways.

Kazakhs expect either the eldest or the person with the highest position to make decisions that are in the best interest of the group.For centuries Kazakhstan was a country of nomads and herders.Tribes were the basis of society; the tribe was constituted of family members and the family elders.The word "Kazakh" means "a free and independent nomad" in ancient Turkish.Kazakhs have travelled along the steppes of Kazakhstan from western China to the southern border of Russia for centuries.The Kazakhs developed a patriarchal view of the world.