Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Mexico Business Etiquette: Ready, Set, WAIT!
For those doing business in Mexico this is probably one of the hardest lessons to learn - the difference in the concept of time. Sometimes the wait is intentional. For example, many times retail buyers will make you wait on purpose just to show you how "important" they are. Silly power trip? Yes, but it is a way of life in Mexico and you must learn to roll with it if you are going to be successful. Other times, the wait is due to circumstances out of their control, like traffic. In Mexico City, sometimes going to the same place can take 30 minutes or up to 2 hours! Imagine trying to plan your day knowing that.
My advice for foreigners doing business in Mexico? Be patient, learn to go with the flow, and always bring something to read! :)