A business lunch can be a somewhat stressful situation whether you are planning one or attending. Here are a few simple guidelines that can make the process more palatable and ensure you make the most of your business lunch:
- Restaurant selection: try to choose a restaurant where you have previously dined and meets the criteria for a nice quiet atmosphere which is comfortable for speaking and serves quality food which most people will enjoy.
- If you are unsure about what restaurant to chose, ask a colleague.
- Avoid ethnic restaurants where some people may not enjoy the cuisine.
- Always make a reservation.
- Feel free to ask the hostess for a good, quiet table for business
- Arrive five minutes early and remember to greet your business associate with a firm handshake.
- Never order for your business associate.
- Be smart about choosing food – order something you know you will like and that will be easy to eat.
- General guidelines for paying the bill:
- If you invite someone, you should always expect to pay.
- If you are invited to the lunch with someone who is discussing investing or giving you business, you should at least offer to pay the bill.
- Remember your credit card or carry adequate cash.
- Always tip, even if the service was underwhelming.
- Treat restaurant staff with respect.
Enjoy your lunch!