How do French businessmen (business people) want to be treated?
Be straightforward and emphasize the quality of your relationship over the velocity to close or execute a deal. French people like to take their time, so don ‘t be pushy. Call at business hours and don ‘t expect meetings on weekends. Work and private life are 2 separate things, equally important - so your urgent email is actually as important as a coffee with my old pale. Another consequence is that, except if we have an exceptionally good relationship from day one, I may never discuss my family matters with you. It is OK tough
Pro-tip : Learn a thing or two about the region of your client. Food, soccer, anything … people tends to love to discuss about their hometown.
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