Czech Republic: First Name or Title?



Due to the reserved nature of the Czech culture, the use of status titles in both spoken and written forms is extremely important in Czech business settings. You should refer to your Czech counterparts as “Mr/Mrs.” “Dr”, or “Ing” (Engineer). Chairs and positions in the company are often more important than names. Wait to be invited before using someone’s first name or an informal greeting, as these are all signs of friendship. The offer to move to the informal is generally offered by the woman, the older person, or the person of higher status. The use of first names without permission may be considered somewhat offensive (and may be viewed as an attempt to humiliate), as they are generally reserved for close friends and family.