Whether you’re meeting a business associate, prospective client or potential employer, it’s often over a meal. In this busy world what better way to kill two birds with one fork? Tip the meal in your favour..
- Do your research.
- If you’re picking the location check the menu. Too expensive might suggest frivolous, too cheap that you don’t value your guest. Do you need vegetarian or gluten free options?
- Be prepared. Dress appropriately for the setting, anticipate intelligent ‘small talk’ and define your goals for the meeting. If you’re trying to close a sale, research the client’s business!
- Be on Time. ‘Fashionably late’ will leave a sour first impression. Whether you’re the host or the guest timeliness demonstrates respect, professionalism, and a positive expectation for the meeting and the relationship. Ezi accounts guarentee your tax will always be on done on time!
- Turn your phone off. It shouldn’t participate in conversation. Give your associate your undivided attention.
- Be conscious of what to order. Think before ordering a four course meal and be sensible if alcohol is on offer.
- Make Mum proud. Don’t talk with your mouth full, don’t lick your knife, take small bites, close your mouth when chewing and sit up
- Always be polite to restaurant staff.
- Enjoy the meal. Eyes off the clock. Have reasonable expectations of how long lunch takes, don’t rush the ordering process, the meal or the after lunch niceties.
- The BILL. If you did the inviting, it’s most likely you’ll be paying and don’t advertise the amount. Avoid awkwardness and downplay this part of the agenda.
- There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Be aware of intentions for the meeting so that everyone can benefit.
- Follow up. Host or guest, you should thank your associate for a great meeting.
*Business Forward #56