Business Meeting

It’s normal for Brazilians to be 10 to 15 minutes late for a meeting

Bags are never to be placed on the floor, because it’s considered a sign of bad luck

It’s advisable to approach topics like soccer, weather, traffic, a cultural event taking place

Topics like poverty, security, deforestation, religion, racism, corruption, social inequality should be avoided

Brazilians are proud of being able to laugh even at themselves

Expect spontaneity

Brazilians are considered a bit loud because they all speak at the same time and in a tone of voice that is a bit higher than usual

During a conversation, a Brazilian will usually interrupt to add something or make a comment

Brazilians touch each other a lot during a conversation

Brazilian communication is complex, including elements of verbal and non-verbal communication

In a formal introduction, Brazilians shake hands and say their first name

Topics like salaries, matrimonial status and age should be avoided

Try not to reinforce male chauvinism towards women

Be prepared to commit long term resources toward establishing strong relationships

Handshaking, often for a long time, is common

Use good eye contact

When leaving a small group, be sure to shake hands with everyone present

When women meet, they exchange kisses by placing their cheeks together and kissing the air

Be prepared to commit long term resources toward establishing strong relationships

Never start into business discussions before your host does

Business meetings normally begin with casual ‘chatting’ first

Touching arms and elbows and backs very common

The O.K. hand signal a rude gesture in Brazil

To express appreciation, a Brazilian may appear to pinch his earlobe between thumb and forefinger

First names used often, but titles important

The boss is expected to give direct instructions

If giving instructions to Brazilian subordinates, try to be as clear, precise and comprehensive as possible

There is likely to be a great deal of small talk before the meeting properly starts

It is important that you do not become obviously frustrated by flexible attitude to time

Brazilian communication is cordial, complex, informal and highly personal

Men usually greet each other by shaking hands and giving a gentle slap on the back

Don’t be surprised by the personal nature of questions, which is typical of Brazilians

If an agenda is produced, do not expect it to be followed

Flexible approach is of real importance and may prove to be your greatest asset

Meetings often start and finish late

Business cards are expected to have the company’s name and the name and position of the contact person

It can be difficult to schedule more than one or two meetings per day

Agendas are not always used and if present may be ignored by everybody except you

Don’t be in too much of a hurry to rush off at the end of a meeting, even if the meeting is running late

Take the time to seem relaxed and easy-going as these are qualities much admired in Brazil

Ability to speak Brazilian Portuguese is extremely useful

Brazilians are proud of their uniqueness in South America as non-Spanish speakers.

If doing business in Brazil for the first time, check out whether you will need a translator or not

Communication tends to be predominantly oral rather than through the written word

When sending something in a written format, it is usually a good idea to follow it up with a phone call or a visit

Plays a significant role in normal communication

Brazilians are very tactile

They also exhibit strong levels of eye contact when speaking to people

Be careful when using humour in very serious situations

Companies tend to be organised along strictly hierarchical lines

Managers are expected to manage – dont be afraid to give clear, precise instructions

It’s common for people to gather during the working hours to have a break and drink coffee in a company

The use of emotion in communication should be seen as a sign of emphasis rather than as anger or loss of control

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *