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Cultural Training in the Czech Republic

Doing business in the Czech Republic isn't like going on holiday: don't expect to get by with knowledge of a few words, and don't assume business is conducted in the same way universally.

But how can you properly prepare to set up a business in the Czech Republic? There are many cultural training companies and schools which can help you. They offer cross-cultural grounding, bridging the translatory and protocolic gaps between nations and people.

Providing guidance in all areas of business and sociality, these cultural training companies are experts when it comes to negotiation training; management training; and diversity training. All training, of course, can be country-specific.

Tutorials can take many forms, so investigate which will be right for you and, if necessary, your employees.

Business Etiquette in the Czech Republic

The formalities and informalities; the how d'you dos and how d'you don'ts. Etiquette is one of the foundations of modern civilisation, and business is no exception. A business blunder, in some countries, could mean the difference between a deal and disrepute. Again, its all about culture if not adopting, at least recognising and respecting the traditions and protocols of a people.

When starting up a business in the Czech Republic remember certain etiquette. When greeting a person shake hands, use direct eye contact and say the appropriate greeting for the time of day. Wait to be invited to use someone first name and this invitation is usually offered by the woman, the older person or the person of higher status. Moving to the informal without an invitation insults the person and may be viewed as an attempt to humiliate them.

Always make appointments by letter and address the letter to the company, rather than an individual. Never be late for meeting and remember the first meeting is often used to get to know you as a person and to see if you are trustworthy. Maintain eye contact throughout and expect some small talk. Decision may not be made on the first meeting. Do not remove your jacket until the highest ranking Czech does. Do not arrange appointment for Friday afternoons as business often closes early on a Friday and many businesses close in August for holidays.

When starting a business in the Czech Republic, remember that business can take time and may take several meetings. Politeness is key in business in the Czech Republic and they often avoid giving an absolute no, choosing to use statements as It is difficult or We will see as a negative comment. Avoid high pressure tactics and business in the Czech Republic is hierarchical. Decision-making power is held at the top of the company. Dress smart and conservative, be polite and well mannered and you will find that the Czechs will be equally respectful.

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