Tips on Conducting a Successful Business and Investment 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. 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 first thing to be aware of is how diverse the population of Latin Americans are thus you will not be discriminated or receive favoritism if your representative has a Hispanic name or background.
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.
On top of having a point person who is knowledgeable, highly skilled and competent, he or she must be able to get to know the hosts in order to foster the relationship between you and the Latin American company, and this is another important thing to bear in mind.
You should then be looking for some characteristics of a good representative that you can further develop in the person. To become the company’s ideal representative, look for the person who is flexible, very patient, and good with people most importantly.
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. Thus your representative will need a long time to develop relationships and he or she can do this with a genuine and personal friendly relationship with the Latin America team.
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.