It is said that choosing the right person to represent your company abroad is one of the most crucial decisions you will make and this holds true if you are attempting to build a business relationship in Latin America. In order to help you be guided in selecting the point person to represent your company abroad, here are some ideas for you to read more so that you will learn and will avoid making mistakes about this decision.
First of all is to realize that your representative may not necessarily need to have a Hispanic name and background because Latin Americans are a diverse population, and thus do not expect favoritism or discrimination if your point person does not have these qualifications.
Your next guideline is to have a representative who is capable in the language of Latin America, aside from being able to conduct business dealings in English with the help of a reliable interpreter, considering this is actually the common practice in business there. 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.
Next is to realize that your representative will have to do everything he or she can to get to know the hosts in order to slowly build a relationship of trust, over being highly skilled or knowledgeable or competent in your area of business.
You should then be looking for some characteristics of a good representative that you can further develop in the person. So ideally, your company’s representative must be flexible, very patient and most of all a people person.
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. Furthermore, the point person must be willing to embrace a culture that is foreign to him or her and learn to adapt various ways to get results, must be available to travel on many trips to get the business done, and eventually can offer continuously his or her customer services even after the business relationship has finalized.
Your representative should recognize that patience is a virtue, especially in Latin America the pace of life is slower considerably. Being genuine and personal in the business dealings will have to be a trait of your representative, with the expectation of developing a long-time relationship with the Latin American company.
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.