Lunching for success

chartered accountingWhether 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..

  1. Do your research.
  2. 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?
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. Turn your phone off.  It shouldn’t participate in conversation.  Give your associate your undivided attention.
  6. Be conscious of what to order.  Think before ordering a four course meal and be sensible if alcohol is on offer.
  7. 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
  8. Always be polite to restaurant staff.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.  Be aware of intentions for the meeting so that everyone can benefit.
  12. Follow up.  Host or guest, you should thank your associate for a great meeting.

*Business Forward #56

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