Slovenians take business meeting very seriously and they prepare for them carefully. The first meeting is dedicated to getting to know each other and even if a strict agenda is not necessary, the objectives should be stated clearly.
When individuals want to have a meeting with their Slovenian partner, they should make the appointment in advance. When having lunch or coffee, the practice is that the inviting person pays the bill. However, that is not such a strict rule and can depend on the situation.
When two people meet and when they leave, they usually shake hands with each other. By doing that, they confirm the deal. During the first meeting, it is also traditional for Slovenians to exchange business cards.
The best time for a business meeting is between 9 am and 12 pm, because lunch normally takes place between 12 pm and 3 pm.
Negotiation in Slovenia is a bit of a give and take. To obtain a win-win situation, it is best to show Slovenians personal and corporate benefits of the deal. Once a verbal agreement has been reached, Slovenians will expect a written contract with defined terms and conditions in full, to make the agreement official.