Top Tips 11-20 on Argentina
- Tip 11
- It is unlikely that people will have done huge amounts of pre-meeting preparation. Flexibility of thought and action are highly prized.
- Tip 12
- Punctuality is somewhat better than in some other South American countries but you cannot assume that a meeting will start and finish on time.
- Tip 13
- English language levels are generally good and many people can speak either Italian or German (as well, of course, as Spanish.)
- Tip 14
- Open, free debate is viewed positively and you are expected to express your opinions strongly. However, this should never be done if it is likely to lead to a direct confrontation. Remember how vital the relationship is and never do anything to jeopardise it.
- Tip 15
- Expect meetings to be noisy, lively events with several people speaking at once, frequent interruptions and extensive use of gesture and exaggerated body language.
- Tip 16
- Do not be put off by people standing in close proximity to you or by strong levels of eye contact — this is normal in Argentina and should not be viewed as threatening or invasive.
- Tip 17
- It is common for people to refer to each other through the use of surnames rather than first names. This is a sign of respect rather than aloofness.
- Tip 18
- Female business visitors can expect to be treated with politeness and respect — although they are unlikely to meet other senior women within their Argentine counterpart.
- Tip 19
- Dress smartly and soberly as you will be judged partly on your appearance.
- Tip 20
- Avoid discussing issues such as past political problems, South American levels of poverty or the Falklands/Malvinas.
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