A few months ago, I posted an article offering 3 Tips on Doing Business in France. This week, I want to expand this advice because I know many of you are intrigued about France and are interested in learning about how business is done in this wonderfully sophisticated country.
If you’re an international business person who travels to France, or a student who wants to boost your cultural intelligence, I hope you enjoy the following three tips. And let me know what you think in the comments section below!
Address Others Using ‘Monsieur’ or ‘Madame’
Formality is highly regarded in France. In business, you should always address those you meet for the first time using ‘Monsieur’ or ‘Madame’. Many non-French find it difficult to get used to this level of formality — myself included. But I guarantee, you will make a great first impression if you abide by this rule.
Introduce Yourself Using Your First and Last Name
In a French business context, introductions are often made using both your first and last name. At times, you may hear others introduce themselves with their last name first, followed by their given name. This is also acceptable in French business culture.
Wear Quality Business Attire, Even If It’s Friday!
First impressions in France are hugely dependent on appearance. Quality business attire, jewellery and accessories will earn you valuable points in the office. The concept of ‘Casual Friday’ is not widely known in the French workplace. So don’t automatically turn up to work in your cosy weekend sweater and especially not in your sneakers!
Have you ever travelled to France on Business? What is the biggest cultural difference you encountered? Please leave your comments in the section below.