Czech Rep.:

Tip 11
Try to avoid scheduling meetings for Friday afternoon.
Tip 12
If you want to be taken seriously, arrive on time. Punctuality is the sign of a serious professional. (Plan your trip from the hotel to the office in advance – don’t leave things to the last minute.)
Tip 13
Cards are usually exchanged at the start of a meeting and, as a great deal of importance is placed on educational background, titles and qualifications should be visible on your business card.
Tip 14
There might be some small talk at the start of a meeting but this does not usually last too long.
Tip 15
Due to the inherent suspicion of strangers found in the Czech Republic (especially amongst the older generation), it is advisable to try to keep teams together over long periods of time. It can take new teams a considerable time to start to work effectively together.
Tip 16
On the whole, English language levels are very good in the Czech Republic and it is unlikely that a translator would be necessary. (On the other hand, some older managers might struggle a little with English and these people might be the ultimate decision makers.)
Tip 17
Czechs are fairly non-confrontational and their communication style reflects this. They would rather avoid certain issues so that they avoid hurting people’s feelings.
Tip 18
When in disagreement with you, Czechs will often go silent and look downwards – watch out for this in meeting situations.
Tip 19
Body language is minimal in meetings which can lead to mistaken impressions of disinterest.
Tip 20
Visiting business women should encounter little, or no, gender bias. However, most senior positions still tend to be held by older men.