- Step 1: Learn some French Learn some French. Knowing a few key phrases, even if you are not fluent in the language, always makes a good impression.
- Step 2: Make advance appointments Make an appointment for a business meeting at least 2 weeks in advance. You can make the appointment in writing or by telephone, depending on who you will be seeing.
- TIP: Don't try to schedule an appointment in July or August -- those are heavy vacation months.
- Step 3: Wear suitable attire Wear a dark, conservative business suit to the meeting if you are a man. If you are a woman, wear either a business suit or an elegant dress in soft colors.
- Step 4: Take business cards to the meeting Take some business cards to the meeting. Have the reverse sides translated into French.
- Step 5: Avoid confrontational behavior Avoid confrontational behavior or high-pressure tactics during the meeting. The French are more impressed with low-key, logical presentations.
- Step 6: Formalize agreements Formalize any agreement reached at the meeting in a detailed and precisely worded contract.
- FACT: As of 2010, France was the world's 5th-largest economy in terms of gross domestic product, which is the measure of a country's economic output.
You Will Need
- French phrases
- Advance appointments
- Suitable attire
- Business cards with French translation