Some Pointers if You Want to Do Business in Latin America
Considered as one of the most crucial decisions your company will make in attempting to build business relationship abroad is that of choosing the right person to represent your company, and this is true as far as with Latin America is concern. 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.
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.
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. If your representative has good conversational skills, it will be a plus factor for your company as this point person will be able to communicate well with the hosts and enhance good relationship with 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.
What we mean by being flexible is a representative who is the type to enjoy new experiences, who can be a bit adventurous, and who can adapt to surroundings not familiar to the person. The person must be willing to accept cultures foreign to him or her, available to travel on successive trips in order to seal a contract, and will act as the point person during the whole process, from the initial stage to closing the contract and then to continuously offer customer service afterwards when the business relationship has established.
Your point person must have the virtue of patience especially that the pace of life in Latin America is considerably slower. Therefore, there must be an awareness by your representative that it will not be fast to develop relationships, and he or she has to do this with a genuine and personal disposition to develop the friendly 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.