What is it really like doing business in Chile??

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What is it really like doing business in Chile??

Post by JLSJ4444 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:02 pm

Hi All,

My name is Breya and I am a graduate student at Texas State University. I am studying international business and will be coming to Santiago next week to meet with a few businesses! I'm doing some research on Santiago at the moment to prepare for the trip and am wondering if you would be so kind as to help answer a few questions for me?? Thank you to all those who respond! I appreciate it!

My questions are:

1. What are some tips for impressing Chilean business people?
2. What are common small talk conversation topics in Chile if small talk is common?
3. How does doing business in Chile differ the most from doing business in North America?
4. What was something you encountered, but did not expect when first starting to work in Chile?
5. Are there any faux pas that North Americans tend to make in the workplace in Chile?

Best wishes from Texas,
Breya

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Re: What is it really like doing business in Chile??

Post by admin » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:09 pm

5. Are there any faux pas that North Americans tend to make in the workplace in Chile?
Double posting on my forum. :D
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Post by admin » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:11 pm

My questions are:

1. What are some tips for impressing Chilean business people?
2. What are common small talk conversation topics in Chile if small talk is common?
3. How does doing business in Chile differ the most from doing business in North America?
4. What was something you encountered, but did not expect when first starting to work in Chile?
5. Are there any faux pas that North Americans tend to make in the workplace in Chile?
Those questions are way too generic, anthropology 101 type questions to be of any use in Chile or anywhere else; but, I am sure someone here will take a crack at them.
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Re: What is it really like doing business in Chile??

Post by Zenth » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:10 pm

You're not doing business, just trying to find out how, correct?
Dress neatly
Be on time
Mind your table manners
Don't brag
Don't be alarmed or critical if people smoke

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Re: What is it really like doing business in Chile??

Post by nwdiver » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:17 pm

Don't diss the coffee when they put a kettle and tin of instant coffee in front of you
It's all about the wine.

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Re: What is it really like doing business in Chile??

Post by Andres » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:44 am

1. be white; come from an English-speaking country
Chile: My expectations are low. Very low.
I accept chaos. I'm not sure whether it accepts me.

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Re: What is it really like doing business in Chile??

Post by admin » Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:27 am

Andres wrote:1. be white; come from an English-speaking country
Be rich, or at least well educated.

I am only half joking about that. In most of Latin America, a passport from somewhere up north and some form of English will take you pretty far. Not in Chile.

Rich Chileans can smell a poser, and they are not impressed by low class trailer trash. Most of them have lived in the U.S. and Europe, probably gone to school there, and generally don't subscribe to American or European (pretend) egalitarianism.
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