When Meeting with a client, many business people will go that extra mile to make sure that they walk away with a great impression and are suitably impressed. This could involve anything from the simple act of offering branded pens and notebooks to visiting a high-end restaurant. So, while you tuck into your lunch with your client by your side, how are you going to keep up the good impression?
Choose Your Location Wisely
We’re sure that we don’t have to tell you that McDonalds isn’t the best place for a corporate business lunch, but choosing the right restaurant really is important.
It’s essential that you know your client well enough to pick an appropriate eatery. Meeting with an animal rights charity? That steak house round the corner from your office is possibly an unwise choice. If you find out as much as you can about your client before you dine with them, you’re less likely to offend and more likely to get the result you’re looking for.
Keep it Clean
Spaghetti Bolognese is delicious, we know, but at a business meeting? Maybe not. The same goes for lobster, burgers and anything with an abundance of sauce. The last thing you want to do is end up with tomato sauce all down your tie, it doesn’t exactly scream professional.
Pick something that’s easy to eat with a fork – pasta, salad and vegetables tend to be pretty straightforward and won’t leave you with egg (or sauce) on your face.
Know Your Menu
As a general rule, a business meeting is not the best place to try something new, especially if you don’t know what it is. There’s nothing worse than eating with someone who decides to send back their Gazpacho soup because it was cold.
Play it safe and order something you’re comfortable with – it’ll put your client at ease to know that you’re enjoying your food.
Mind Your Manners
Impressing your client isn’t just about ordering the right food. Make sure you impress them with your manners as well. Of course you should be saying please and thank you, but this is also the time to remember the table manners your mother tried to drill into you as a child.
If there are multiple sets of cutlery at each setting, start from the outside and work your way in. Once you’ve finished eating, you should place your knife and fork on the plate, parallel to one another to signal that you’re done.
Be gentle though…
It can take a lot to impress a client, and the way you approach lunchtime is just one part of it. Food brings people together so if you can get this part right, you’re surely on to a winner!
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