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Czech Republic - Business Culture
It is essential to make appointments in advance, preferably in writing. English and German are commonly used when communicating with overseas visitors, although it will be appreciated if you translate your written correspondence into Czech. Try to arrive early for your meeting, as punctuality is highly valued in the Czech Republic. Business attire consists of dark suits.
The normal form of greeting is a firm handshake, with good eye contact. Status is important here, and personal or professional titles should be used when addressing people; first names are not generally used in business. Business cards are exchanged at meetings, and should include details of any academic or professional qualifications.
Despite their formal business culture, the Czechs like to hold long leisurely lunches, over which business is often conducted.
It is not normal practice to give gifts in Czech business, but a small gift such as wine or flowers is appropriate if you are invited to the home of your Czech business contact.
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