Some Pointers if You Want to Do Business in Latin America
It is said that choosing the right person to represent your company abroad is one of the most crucial decisions you will make and this holds true if you are attempting to build a business relationship in Latin America. We are going to present here some suggestions, and if you read more, you will be helped to learn and be guided more about your options in choosing this point person to travel abroad and represent your company.
The number one thing to know is that Latin Americans are a diverse population, thus you have to realize that your representative does not necessarily need to have a Hispanic name and background, because you will not encounter favoritism or discrimination in this regard.
Another tip is to be aware that English is still the language of business in Latin America, with an interpreter to help further would be better, although having a bilingual representative could be a plus. 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.
Know then some characteristics of a good representative that you should look for and be able to develop further. 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.
Your representative should recognize that patience is a virtue, especially in Latin America the pace of life is slower considerably. 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.
In Latin America, it is an admirable quality for a person to have the intellect to carry on long conversations on various range of topics, thus your representative must have this quality especially he or she will be spending lots of time with the hosts there.