If you find yourself looking for possible countries to do business with, you may come across France as one of your options. Well, we can’t blame you. It’s one of Europe’s best economies.
Having French business partners tends to be easy if you play by their culture. Here are some tips:
1. Learn some French and love it.
While English is considered a universal language by most countries, the French people take theirs seriously. Take time to learn the language or some conversational phrases and witness how businesspeople will appreciate your effort.
Don’t worry a lot, though. These tycoons most likely know how to speak some to fluent English. They just demand some respect and love for their mother tongue. Remember, they tried to learn the English language, too.
2. Be Formal and Professional.
If you’re just starting a business with French colleagues, remember to stay professional all throughout. This practice means you may have to shake hands faster and address them either by using more formal forms of speech, such as ‘vous’ instead of “tu,” or Madame (Last Name) or Monsieur (Last Name).
3. Follow French business attire.
Dress to impress still applies to their culture in a minimalist yet classy way. Feel free to wear accessories but in a delicate elegance.
For men, do away with your mustache and flashy timepiece. For ladies, limit using makeup and high heels. Go for the more conservative colors, more black and neutrals for dresses and coats. Avoid the loud palettes. In France, less is more.
4. Have a double-sided business card and half of it in French.
Again, French businesspeople love their mother tongue. They’ll appreciate you professionally once they see half of your business card in their language. If you would, also print your last name in all caps.
5. If these businessmen interrupt what you’re saying, it’s a good sign.
It’s just the French way of saying, “I’m interested. Unlike in other countries, cutting conversations off with questions is pretty positive. So keep yourself ready for these. Stay calm and answer smartly.
Here are just five tips for better business deals with French tycoons. Bonne chance!