Colombia: Conversation

2015-06-12

Conversation

The customary business greeting begins with handshaking and a polite greeting before and after the meeting.

Colombians pay attention to body language and are very good listeners.

Colombians are verbose by nature and known to become emotional during discussions where feelings take precedence.

Humor is welcome in business discussions as well as anecdotes.

Conversations to avoid: terrorism, illegal drugs, politics in general, religion, discussing bribery, and negative comments about bullfighting.

Good topics for conversations: culture, soccer, history, literature, emeralds, coffee