Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Business Meal

Business adds a new dimension to the dining experience, and dining adds a new dimension to the business experience. In other words, a business meal is not just a meeting with food.

What happens around the dining table can form or harden opinions, dampen or heighten expectations, and remove or deepen doubts. For instance, during a lunch meeting with a colleague, you might be thinking:
  • Can I work comfortably with this guy?
  • She should have better sense than that.
  • If he can’t organize a lunch meeting, how can he run a department?
Setting up a business lunch or dinner requires careful planning and attention to detail. Everything from picking a restaurant to seating, ordering, and tipping must be carefully considered in advance.

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