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Understanding El Salvador’s Business Etiquette

Understanding El Salvador’s Business Etiquette

Starting a new business can be a challenging experience, especially when doing it in a foreign country. The clash of cultures can become an obstacle if you don't understand how people of different nationalities do business. Therefore, when incorporating a company in Central America, it is vital to understand and embrace El Salvador's business etiquette. Effective communication with a Salvadoran Effective communication is essential when trying to impress business partners in El Salvador. Effective communication is a key to understand El Salvador's business etiquette. When approaching Salvadoran people, don't be surprised if they talk about their friends, family and food as much as they talk about business. However, note that Salvadorans will openly express their interests and business objectives, so you must be clear and specific with your business goals, processes and requirements. Furthermore, you must keep constant communication. Salvadorans will want to talk about specific dates and details, once they have a general idea of the project they want to undertake. There are other effective ways in which you should communicate with a Salvadoran, these include: While shaking hands, use the appropriate greeting for the time of day: "Buenos días"(Good morning), "Buenas tardes" (Good afternoon), or "Buenas noches" (Good evening).El Salvador is a formal culture where only close friends and family use first names.It is important to refer to people by the appropriate honorific title (Señor or Señora) and their surname until invited to move to a first-name basis. Punctuality is key...

8 Etiquette Rules for Commercial Success in Latin America

8 Etiquette Rules for Commercial Success in Latin America

Latin America is quickly becoming the region to watch in terms of steady economic growth, and increasing market attractiveness. Many foreign businesses and investors are snapping up opportunities to access immense populations and bring innovation to the region. But expanding isn’t just about understanding legal and technical requirements for forming a company; you must be attentive to cultural differences driving your new partners and customers. As connections to the region are increasing, we offer guidance on some key cultural aspects to be aware of when doing business in Latin America. 1. Take care with names and titles Compared to some English-speaking countries, Latin American workplaces are more status conscious. Take care in acknowledging someone’s title or role. People can often address people by their title in the workplace. Show your respect for people’s positions and level of authority. In turn, expect to receive greetings of the same nature – this can be especially surprising for people accustomed to addressing others on first name basis in the workplace. Gauge receptiveness to that kind of interaction carefully; you may be disrespecting someone by bypassing formal acknowledgment of their standing in the company. 2. Hugs and air kisses are normal If your traditional greeting is a handshake, you’ll need to adjust to a more tactile connection when meeting people. In business and social environments, it’s normal for men and women alike to greet with a hug and/or air kiss. Failing to greet with warmth can be interpreted as standoffishness or disinterest. Being...

Understanding Business Culture and Etiquette in New Zealand

Understanding Business Culture and Etiquette in New Zealand

It’s common knowledge that successful business models rely on careful market research. But some factors to success go beyond developing a market-viable product. In New Zealand, acknowledging cultural differences in business and social environments shows your company’s willingness to integrate into local lifestyle. Understanding the values your South Pacific partners hold dear builds a solid foundation for enduring work relationships. Consider these tips and insights on New Zealand business dynamics and cultural characteristics when setting up your business. Overview: doing business in New Zealand If you’re researching a potential business expansion to New Zealand, you’ll likely have come across some impressive ‘world’s best’ statistics: number one for doing business, second most transparent country, third freest economy. The small island nation works hard to maintain a competitive economic edge over others in these and other areas. Its government is welcoming to foreign businesses and investors, and provides myriad support mechanisms to market entrants to prove it. Here, though, we explore key attributes of South Pacific business life to guide foreign businesses through their new commercial environment. Business dynamics With a largely egalitarian work environment, job titles and rank aren’t as overt in Kiwi business culture as in others. Anyone throwing around their elevated status in the office will undoubtedly lose respect from their modest New Zealand workmates. Rather, the local population generally operates on meritocratic principles, valuing useful ideas and...

Business Culture and Etiquette in Australia

Business Culture and Etiquette in Australia

Expanding your business into a territory such as Australia, whether you are a national or from another country, can unlock a whole host of opportunities for your organization and help you to make more money. Indeed, there are some incredible investment opportunities within the country, particularly if you’re a business in Latin America and want to export agricultural goods to Australia, where consumers are willing to pay a higher price for quality materials and produce. However, it is important that you understand the business culture and etiquette of Australia, and make changes to your business and market entry to ensure you’re impressing the right people and putting your business in the best possible stead for growth and expansion. Below, we offer an introduction to business culture an etiquette in Australia to give you a helping hand. Etiquette - Doing Business in Australia Whether you’re situated in Latin America or the United States, the chances are that the way in which you do business will differ to the way it’s done in Australia. Of course, the business world remains mostly the same - networking is important, and it pays to put in the hours to build and maintain relationships with key clients who will future-proof your organization. But there are some subtle differences, and it’s important that you understand them before you get started. Modesty: Like the British, Australians are modest, and don’t like people who big themselves or their businesses up. Of course, you should sell the benefits of working with your business, but you should be modest and put the facts...

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