8 Steps to Have the Perfect Work Lunch
While you may have plenty of Arizona office space for scheduling a meeting with a potential client, business connection, or even mentee, sometimes it’s better to get out of the office and meet over lunch. Not only does it give you the ability to step outside of your Tempe office space, but it allows you to get to know the connection better. Before you make the ask though, be prepared. We’ve compiled a how-to on hosting the perfect work lunch.
Provide a description of the meeting, make it clear you’ll be acting as host, which includes picking up the bill, and give the invitee the ability to say no or meet at their office instead.
Select a Restaurant
The best option is to choose a place that you’ve been to before or use a website like Yelp for guidance. Make sure the menu has options for all different diets, including at least two, quality vegetarian entrees. Often, the best spots for a wide menu of offerings are bistros and steakhouses. Pick a moderately priced location with great reviews that your guest will feel comfortable at if they arrive dressed casually.
Check out the restaurant beforehand. Note the atmosphere and where the restroom is located, introduce yourself to the manager, view the seating situation, and gauge the music volume. If things check out, make a reservation to ensure you don’t have to wait day of. Give both your name and the name of the guests.
In addition to scoping out the restaurant, you need to prepare for the meeting. Check out LinkedIn profiles of guests, study the potential client’s website, and prepare materials that you want to share. Have a list of questions on hand that you’d like to ask.
Arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled lunch time. Let the waitress know that it is a business lunch and kindly request to keep the interruptions to a minimum.
Turn off your phone to give your guest your full attention.
To Alcohol or Not to Alcohol
Unfortunately, there isn’t a consensus on whether alcoholic beverages are appropriate at business lunches. Although, it’s clear that you should never be the one to order the drink first. If you guest chooses to order one, have a response ready.
If you decide to also order one, make sure it is something light, like a light beer or glass of white wine. Another trick is to tell the waiter “I’ll just have water for now” so the guest doesn’t feel awkward if they are the only ones who order a drink. Whether or not you actually order an alcoholic drink later is up to you.
Think about how you’re going to look eating an item. Match your order to your guests: if they order an appetizer salad or dessert and coffee after the entrée, you can too, otherwise forget it.
Don’t forget to send a note to the client thanking them for their time.
With these tips, you’ll be forming more relationships and, as an added bonus, have a meeting conducted outside of the walls of your Tempe office space. Of course, it’s certainly possible to host a successful work lunch at your AZ office space, especially if you have a conference room and want to meet with a group to go over materials that include a presentation.
Do you have any go-to restaurants in the area for business lunches? Let us know on the comments on our LinkedIn page.
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