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. We are going to present here some suggestions, and if you read more, you will be helped to learn and be guided more about your options in choosing this point person to travel abroad and represent your company.
The number one thing to know is that Latin Americans are a diverse population, thus you have to realize that your representative does not necessarily need to have a Hispanic name and background, because you will not encounter favoritism or discrimination in this regard.
The number two suggestion is to have a representative who can speak and understand both English and language in Latin America, so you have a plus factor together with the fact also that English is also used as the language of business, with an interpreter as an added help. Having a representative who has good conversational skills will help him or her communicate with the hosts that will further enhance friendship for 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. On the overall, look for a person who is flexible, very patient and most importantly, good with people in order to become your ideal representative.
By flexibility we mean one who is the type who can have fun in new experiences, who can be adventurous, and who can adapt to surroundings unfamiliar to him or her. In addition, this representative must be willing to accept cultures not familiar with him or her, can travel on successive trips just to seal the agreement, and even after the business relationship has established, must be able to offer customer service continuously as long as needed.
In Latin America, the pace of life is observed to be considerably slower, thus your representative must have the patience as a virtue. 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.
In Latin America, it is an admirable quality for a person to have the intellect to carry on long conversations on various range of topics, thus your representative must have this quality especially he or she will be spending lots of time with the hosts there.