7. Business Meetings
- DON'T sit until told where to sit.
- DO expect the possibility of being referred to simply by your last name. This is not out of disrespect, but you should still stick to using a colleague's title and last name when addressing them.
- DON'T use hyperbole, show emotions, or make promises that might sound too good to be true.
- DO schedule meetings three to four weeks in advance.
- DON'T schedule meetings in August, the two weeks that surround Christmas, or the week before Easter.
- DON'T be late! If you do happen to be running late, call your business associates right away with a good explanation.
- DO be patient and allow your Austrian colleagues to adhere to their protocol.
- DO have one side of your business card translated into German.
- DO include advanced academic degrees and academic honors printed on your business card. If your company has been around for a long time, also include the founding date on your business card. This will show stability if your company is older and more established.
Remember the above list of etiquettes on your trip to Austria, especially when it comes to business and dining. People in Austria are very proud of their culture, so adhere to the etiquette guidelines whenever possible. Have a safe trip, mind your table manners, and be punctual!