Things to Know When Doing Business in Latin America
Among the most critical decisions your company will make is in choosing the right person to represent you abroad, and this holds true if you are attempting to do business with Latin American partners. In order to help you be guided in selecting the point person to represent your company abroad, here are some ideas for you to read more so that you will learn and will avoid making mistakes about this decision.
First of all is to realize that your representative may not necessarily need to have a Hispanic name and background because Latin Americans are a diverse population, and thus do not expect favoritism or discrimination if your point person does not have these qualifications.
The number two suggestion is to have a representative who can speak and understand both English and language in Latin America, so you have a plus factor together with the fact also that English is also used as the language of business, with an interpreter as an added help. Having a representative who has good conversational skills will help him or her communicate with the hosts that will further enhance friendship for your company.
Another thing to learn is that beside being highly skilled, knowledgeable and competent in your area of business, your point person must be able to do everything first to get to know the hosts so that there is a slow but sure building of trust in the relationship.
Thus there are some characteristics of a good representative that you should look for and develop. On the overall, look for a person who is flexible, very patient and most importantly, good with people in order to become your ideal representative.
By being a flexible representative, we mean someone who enjoys new experiences, who is a bit adventurous, and who is adaptable to surroundings not familiar to him or her. In addition, this representative must be willing to accept cultures not familiar with him or her, can travel on successive trips just to seal the agreement, and even after the business relationship has established, must be able to offer customer service continuously as long as needed.
In Latin America, the pace of life is observed to be considerably slower, thus your representative must have the patience as a virtue. Being genuine and personal in the business dealings will have to be a trait of your representative, with the expectation of developing a long-time relationship with the Latin American company.
Know that Latin Americans appreciate intellectual conversations on broad range of topics, thus your point person must have the intellectualism to engage with the hosts in social situations, considering he or she will be spending lots of time with them.