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Business Meal Blunders

October 7, 2009

Lunch MeetingThis frank look at etiquette will have you cooking up new business instead of winding up with egg on your face.
You finally landed a lunch meeting with that executive you’ve been doggedly pursuing. After pinpointing some challenges he’s facing, you plan to show specifically how you can help. You’ve pulled your best suit out of the closet. You’re sporting a fresh haircut and a genuine smile. You are all set! 
The meal goes well; the restaurant, food and service are great. But…you don’t get the account. What went wrong? Most people don’t appreciate the power of an etiquette gaffe. We’re not talking specks of spinach in the teeth, but the failure to make sure the meal is handled deftly from start to finish.

Proper etiquette is not about being better than anyone else. It is about taking responsibility for proper conduct.
In this week’s Polished Professional, we present you with 3 quick things to consider when setting a lunch meeting with a potential client.

A lunch meeting is an opportunity to create a memorable experience and increase the likelihood that your guest will wind up as a client. Whether you are a rookie or top producer, you can follow these strategies and host a business meal that will impress even your most sensitive prospects. 

Here are three lunch strategies for business sucess:  

1. Choose a restaurant you are familiar with. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive place in town, but it should represent your professionalism and sense of style.
2. Know the staff.
Your guest will be impressed when you are greeted by name and escorted to the best table in the house.
3. Request a seating location away from restrooms, the kitchen or an entryway.
For more strategies on having a successful business lunch, email the Polished Professional at and get the complete list of etiquette strategies to avoid some common missteps.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2009 8:26 AM

    These are great sugestions when it comes to prepping for a business lunch
    Didn’t even think about some of these things.

    You definetly don’t want to play guienna pig with a potential client when it comes to sharing a meal with them. Showing them that you are prepared and have taken there tastes into consideration goes a long way


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