Here are our 5 top tips for doing business in Germany:
2. Germans do not like surprises! Sudden deviations in business relations and dealings, even if they may advance the result, are not usually welcome. For meetings, especially at the executive level, approximately six weeks notice is required.
3. It is vital that you be conscious of the fact that business etiquette is essential to your German colleague. Any unethical behaviour will seriously weaken all future business relations and negotiations.
4. Flexibility and cultural adaptations should be the guiding principles for doing business in this country. The months of July and August are usually difficult to arrange meetings and many companies shut down over the Christmas and New Year periods.
5. Punctuality is very important. If you are late for a meeting call ahead to advise and give as much notice as possible.
If you are considering doing business with Germany, why not learn the language before you go? Contact VLLC for more information or check out our German page.