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More Business Meal Tips

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  1. When you are entertaining one client, sit next to each other at a right angle rather than across the table.
  2. When you entertain two clients put one across from you and the other to your side.  You don’t want to look like a ping pong ball.
  3. At a breakfast meeting time is short so get down to business quickly. At lunch, wait until you have ordered so you won’t be interrupted.
  4. Dinner, even for a business meal is the more social occasion, is a time for rapport building.
  5. If the food or service is poorly executed at a business meal excuse yourself to discuss any problems with the staff in private.
  6. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink at the business meal.  The three Martini lunch is mostly a thing of the past.

Business Meal Tips

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  1. If you are the host at a business meal know your duties.  It is up to you to see that things go well and that your guests are comfortable.
  2. Plan ahead when you issue the invitation for a business meal.  Allow a week for a business dinner and three days for lunch.
  3. Select a restaurant that you know or one where you are known for business meals.  This is no time to try out the latest hot spot.
  4. When you make reservation for a business meal let the staff know that you will be dining with clients and you will pick up the check.
  5. Confirm a business meal appointments the day before if you are meeting for breakfast or that day if you are having lunch or dinner.
  6. Arrive early for a business meal so you can attend to last minute details like giving your credit card to the maitre’d to use for the bill.