If you own a business or if you are part of a business, one essential part of managing is conducting meetings with other companies, aspiring business partners, or other clients. These meetings are mostly done in the offices of the company building. However, in order to have a more casual and light atmosphere, some would prefer to have business meetings over lunch outside the office. There are many advantages of having business meetings over lunch rather than just having it in the office. In addition, when you are having a business lunch, there are also some guides or tips to follow to ensure a successful business meeting.
EZCATER will tell us more about it in the article below which focuses on five business lunch etiquette tips for new client meetings.
5 Business Lunch Etiquette Tips for New Client Meetings
Business lunches are usually about one of two things. You want to make a good first impression, or you want to build relationships with clients. When it comes to new clients, a successful business lunch means being prepared, considerate, and entertaining. Business lunches are a great way to entertain your guests outside of the normal routine. When you do, you want to make sure you don’t inadvertently offend someone.
We gathered some tips on how to pull off that perfect client business lunch.
These days, there are many food intolerances or diets to be mindful of. It’s up to businesses to offer options to their lunch guests that ensure everyone will have a good meal. Make sure you have a hearty meatless option, such as soup or a salad with beans or another type of protein. Make sure sides are hearty enough to make up a meal if someone can’t have a sandwich because they are eating gluten free. Read more here.
Those were helpful tips that we need to keep in mind. Since we are having lunch, it is important to be mindful about the choice of food and of course the table etiquettes. We wouldn’t want to leave a bad impression especially for new client meetings. For more tips, let us read Usanetwork’s article below which is about five tips for bringing you’re a-game to a power business lunch.
5 Tips for Bringing Your A-Game to a Power Business Lunch
When the power brokers at Pearson, Specter, Litt need to talk business, they powwow over a no-expense-spared lunch. You may not have an unlimited expense account, but you can wheel and deal like the pros with these simple tips.
Don’t order a huge meal — this is a business lunch, not Las Vegas buffet. Never order food you can’t pronounce, that is difficult to eat, requires a lot of your attention, or squirts, slurps, and makes a mess, e.g.: pastas with sauce, chips and salsa, chili. And skip the salad — you don’t want bits of leaves stuck in your teeth. Don’t make a million special food requests, which sends the message that you’re super high-maintenance — if you’re a low-carb lactose-intolerant vegan with a peanut allergy, choose a restaurant that can easily accommodate you (or do everyone a favor and go out for coffee instead). Read more here.
Those additional tips are really important. One important tip mentioned is that we also have to wear the appropriate attire. Not because the meeting is happening over lunch, doesn’t mean we can wear whatever clothes we want. In addition, Deborah Goldstein will give us three high-impact tips for conducting business over lunch.
Table Talk: Three High-Impact Tips for Conducting Business over Lunch
During my 25 years in the restaurant business, I was quietly schooled by savvy business diners as I observed them conducting mealtime conversations. Sadly, I also witnessed the fruitless side of such interactions. Often, these diners got sidetracked by sports talk, kids and TV shows, and wrapped up their meetings without advancing business with each other. It’s a common waste of valuable facetime. And when you consider the hours devoted to occasions like lunching with network connections, mandatory team dinners, and interviews over lunch, company holiday festivities, and client or prospect meals, it makes sense to start better utilizing the restaurant setting to maximize the business-related outcome of these gatherings.
Not only are business meals “givens” in a professional’s career; they are differentiators. An article in Fortune resonates in this department by outlining five crucial performance metrics to multiply leadership impact exponentially. The article’s second metric addresses the number of meals you should spend sharing with influencers weekly. The author is spot-on when he suggests, “Your most important job as a leader is nurturing relationships with the people who have the most power to make or break your business.” Read more here.
Great! The tips mentioned above summarizes what we need. Having meetings outside of the office means that we have a different environment to adjust to. Since a business lunch is a good choice for business meetings, we have to be mindful of the basics. We have to have a good choice with regards to the food to order. We have to have table manners. It is one of the most important. Of course, we should not forget about the main goal which is to have a meeting about certain important matters. We still have to focus on the goal. It is fine to be casual, but being formal is better.