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.
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. 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.
On top of having a point person who is knowledgeable, highly skilled and competent, he or she must be able to get to know the hosts in order to foster the relationship between you and the Latin American company, and this is another important thing to bear in mind.
You should then be looking for some characteristics of a good representative that you can further develop in the person. To become the company’s ideal representative, look for the person who is flexible, very patient, and good with people most importantly.
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.
Your point person must have the virtue of patience especially that the pace of life in Latin America is considerably slower. 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.
Be aware that intellectualism is being admired as a quality among Latin Americans, thus your representative must be able to carry on conversations on a wide range of topics when engaging with the hosts during social situations especially lots of time will be spent with the hosts.