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First business contacts with the Slovaks

The Slovaks establish their business relationships on trust, respect and credibility. Therefore, they invest time in discovering the facts about personal experience, qualification and education of their business partners. They pay attention to degrees which their business contacts place on business cards as they match them with credibility and developed knowledge of their business partners.


The Slovaks are warm but reserved at the first meetings. Being the representatives of „coconut“ cultures, they need time to know their business partners. Their usual greeting is a handshake with direct eye contact. They address people with their professional titles and use family names. Only after some time when the relationship is established, the Slovaks welcome the invitation to use first names.


The recommendations:

  • Use business cards stating your professional titles.
  • Do not propose to use first names at the very beginning.
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