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Business meetings in Swiss-German speaking Switzerland
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In the Swiss German-speaking part of Switzerland, people tend to make business meetings as short as possible. You arrive, tell them what you want, they answer and after the business discussion is over, they will close the meeting. A central European businessman reports that only after the fifth meeting and having bough millions from his Swiss supplier was he invited for lunch. The senior manager (Chef) will speak first and lead the show. His lower-ranking colleagues will usually speak only when told to do so, and you should not address them directly during the first meeting.


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