Working with french people

Working with French people

Understand and manage the impact of French culture on your relationships with employees, customers, suppliers, and partners.


Build relationships of trust with French colleagues, employees, suppliers and clients.


1 day – 7 hours, face to face or by video conferencing.


2 – 14 participants


Participants should preferably have some work experience with, and exposure to, multicultural environments. Proficiency level required (TOEIC 750) for the course in English.

Course language

English or French

Course certificate

Certificate of course completion

Participant profile

This “working with French people” program is designed for any manager in charge of business development and planning on an international level dealing with French trading partners, suppliers and /or colleagues.


Understand the foundations of French culture through an overview of key historical events, demography, geography, societal development, geopolitics, and traditions.

Understand the impact of French cultural values on people’s behavior, communication and work style.

Be able to adapt to French professional mind-set more effectively, building stronger relationships with employees, suppliers, and clients.


Before the seminar:

Each participant will carry out a personal cultural assessment with the online tool Country Navigator™. This tool will enable each participant to understand her/his personal values and cultural preferences and compare them to professionals of other nationalities.

During the seminar:

Our training is very participatory and experiential. Our approach includes alternating between theory and practice, simulations, and group activities. A variety of case studies and group interaction are programmed into this training course. Our objective is to engage learners mentally, emotionally and behaviorally, aligning them to the complexities and richness of intercultural exchanges with the French.

Some possible key topics

Introduction to key cultural dimensions to better understand the French professional environment and behavior.

Stereotypes and perceptions.

The essentials of French culture. Civic and professional values.

Managing relationships and interactions with French managers and subordinates, suppliers and Clients.

Communication with French business partners.

Building interpersonal relationships at work.

Adapting your working style and methods to the French.

Meetings and negotiations in France.

Tips for business appointments and everyday life.

This seminar has been conducted  for the following companies:

ALSTOM, AREVA, General Electric, EM Lyon Business School, le groupe Sanofi, Volvo Trucks, Biomerieux.

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