Business Meeting Etiquette in Vienna Austria

You may not be going to Vienna for fun, in fact, many tourists in Vienna are there for business purposes. In order to be a successful business person in this country, you must be compliant with Austria’s etiquette when going into a business meeting or conference. These will help you excel and give your fellow coworkers a great impression of you and your business.

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                        Business Meeting Manners

            If you are trying to make an appointment with a private company, be aware that these must be made 3to 4 weeks in advanced. Appointments are always necessary for good businesses. When making this appointment, do not make one in August, before Easter, and during Christmas, most of December is unacceptable as well.  If you are not early to the meeting, you will be asked to exit the building. If you are going to be late, a phone call is imperative. All meetings are formal. Do not cancel a meeting at the last minute, this will ruin any business relationship that you had. When making a presentation, your information must be concrete, accurate, and precise. Having back-up information and make sure you can defend the information you give. Austrians are known to be very meticulous regarding details. Meetings have aspecific order; your agenda will always be followed. You will always send a follow up letter to verify everything agreed upon.

            You will not sit in your chair until you are shown where to sit. The Austrians are extremely strict. You will encounter a little bit of getting to know you chat at the beginning of the meeting. Long-term business relationships are what the Austrians want. They do not want to make a quick sale and leave, they want you for the long run. Position in the business is very important here. In Austria, the businesses are generally smaller than the U.S. and other countries. It should be quite easy to schedule a meeting with the head decision maker of a company.  Do not ever be in a rush to end a meeting. Patience is a virtue in Vienna and Austria when doing business. Austrians are not fond of any drama or confrontation in the business realm. Avoid it!

                        What to Wear?

            Since you will be judged by your wardrobe and demeanor, it is vital to dress correctly. You will dress very conservatively at a business meeting. Men must wear dark clothing, usually business suits with a white shirt. For women, they must wear business type suits or a conservative nice dress. If they wear accessories, they must be very elegant.

                        Would you like My Card?

            Everyone will exchange their cards. This can be done informally. One side must be in German. This will show your attention to details. Showing you are sincere to their native language. Make sure to include your degree on the card. When working for a company that is older, make sure to put the founding date on the card to show stability of your company.