Cultural Training in Belgium
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Belgium Cultural Training
Doing business in Belgium isn't like going on holiday: don't expect to get by with knowledge of a few words, and don't assume business is conducted in the same way universally.
But how can you properly prepare? There are many cultural training companies and schools which can help you. They offer cross-cultural grounding, bridging the translatory and protocolic gaps between nations and people.
Providing guidance in all areas of business and sociality, these cultural training companies are experts when it comes to negotiation training; management training; and diversity training. All training, of course, can be country-specific.
Tutorials can take many forms, so investigate which will be right for you and, if necessary, your employees.
Business Etiquette in Belgium
The formalities and informalities; the how d'you dos and how d'you don'ts. Etiquette is one of the foundations of modern civilisation, and business is no exception. A business blunder, in some countries, could mean the difference between a deal and disrepute. Again, its all about culture if not adopting, at least recognising and respecting the traditions and protocols of a people.
When meeting or greeting a Belgium person usually a short, quick handshake is used. Third party introductions usually smooth the way although not necessary. You must always be polite and be well mannered. Belgians are excellent linguists and many are sufficiently fluent to conduct meetings in English but be aware business dealings tend to be bureaucratic. There are many procedures and a great deal of paperwork. Belgiums prefer subtleness to directness and often engage in long, critical discussions before reaching a decision and they believe that it is rude to be confrontational.
Always make an appointment for a meeting and never be late or miss it as this will be seen as unreliable. Do not remove your jacket while in a meeting as meetings are formal. Avoid scheduling in July/August, Christmas and Easter.
Organisations that can assist with Cultural Training
GTP cross cultural trainings and intercultural workshops help global companies in improving their communication, efficiency and profitability when doing business across cultures.