Restaurant Business Meeting Tips: Six to Ten
In order to ensure a great experience for both you and your client when holding a business meeting at a restaurant, here are tips six through ten:
6. Remember your etiquette. Etiquette is very important when you are at a business lunch because the last thing you want to do is pick your teeth or belch at the dinner table. Use the proper utensils for each meal course and always place your napkin across your lap.
7. Never be rude to the wait staff. Even if they messed up your order or drop a drink in your lap, you must remain calm. You do not want to display any negative mannerisms or behaviors which might result in a bad business representation.
8. Stick to business. When you are in a setting such as a restaurant, it is easy to become relaxed and start chatting about your personal life but DO NOT DO IT. Business is first and should be the priority, so remain focused and once the business affairs are complete then lightened up.
9. Prepare needed materials ahead of time. If you need to set-up equipment or supplies then prearrange the setting and arrive early before your client arrives. The most embarrassing thing you can do in front of your client is not being prepared for a presentation because you are unfamiliar with the set-up. Therefore, you should arrive early enough to give everything a quick run through.
10. Follow up. No matter what the reason for the business meeting, wait until what you feel is an appropriate amount of time and follow up with a telephone call or note. Try and make direct contact, however, and skip the email.
Conducting a business meeting in a restaurant is not a daunting task. You have to be focused and ready to handle the business affairs before other requests or drinking are completed. You always want to give your client the option of what they want to eat, and yourself the option to afford the restaurant, especially since you are an entrepreneur. Never forget your etiquette or allow your client to pay for anything, even the tip.
Now that you know some basic tips for conducting business in a restaurant you are ready to go!
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