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Proper Etiquette For Business Meals

When it comes to a business lunch or dinner, you want to make a great impression. And the truth of the matter is that these business meals have little to do with food and everything to do with the way you conduct yourself. Ace your next meeting by heeding these smart business meal tips.

  • Restaurant

It is very important that you pick a good restaurant as the quality of the restaurant reflects your professionalism. It doesn’t need to be an expensive restaurant, but it should be clean with good food, friendly staff, and should be located in an area that is easily accessible for your client. You should also be familiar with the restaurant – this is not the time to try out a new restaurant you’ve had your eye on.

  • Location

The location of your table in the restaurant can dictate the success of your meal. When making your reservation, request a table or section that has a good view and is away from the kitchen or restroom. To ensure your preferred table is reserved, confirm your request on the day of the meeting.

  • Menu

As a host, it is your responsibility to make your guest comfortable with his/her food choice. You should be familiar enough with the menu that you can confidently offer your guest some menu suggestions. You should also encourage your guest to order whatever they like. And remember to always order comparable to your guest, regardless of your hunger level.

  • Etiquette

It doesn’t hurt to review basic table etiquette skills:

• Drinks on right, bread on left.
• Your napkin is not a hankie.
• Keep your tie down when eating your meal.
• Spoon your soup away from your body.
• “Continental Style” (using two hands) is the most effective style of dining.
• Cut only one piece of food at a time.
• Don’t ask for ketchup or steak sauce.
• Don’t be first to finish – pace yourself according to how fast or slow your guest is eating.
• Pass items at the table counter clockwise.
• Salt and pepper are sent around the table together.
• Break off one small piece of bread at a time and don’t butter the entire roll.

  • Devices

Unless you are expecting an important call that pertains to your meeting, your cell phone should be silenced and out of sight. If you need to refer to your tablet as part of the meeting, be sure your notifications are turned off to avoid distracting your guest with a tweet or a text.

  • Post Meal

To keep up your professional demeanor, refrain from asking for leftovers, taking home steak bones for your dog, and grabbing a toothpick.

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