Power lunches don't just happen. If you leave them to chance you might end up at half-power. As in all business communications, power lunches start well before you sit down to talk . . . or eat.
Here's what to do before your client arrives for lunch:
Before you even think about a power lunch you should of course brush up on your table manners. If you are in doubt, and even if you are pretty sure, it never hurts to review proper dining etiquette. One of my favorite etiquette training programs is called The Art of Dining: The Business Lunch. The video covers the basics and acts as a good reminder for the steps involved as well as table manners.
"Hosted by Marjabella Young Stewart, this program dramatically increases your social confidence when dining as a host or guest.
The business lunch includes setting up your appointment, choosing the restaurant, ordering the meal, managing hard-to-handle foods, tipping and ending the meeting. Stewart is internationally known through her television appearances on "Good Morning America" and "The Today Show."
This video will help stop you from making the wrong moves and pave the way for an enjoyable business lunch that should make good friends and good clients."
- Ad copy for The Art of Dining: The Business Lunch
For less than hundred dollars this wonderful training video will repay you many times over. You can share the video with your fellow employees, or keep it to yourself.
The next step involved in the business or power lunch begins when your client arrives. The waitperson will probably show your client to your table and then take drink orders.
Enjoy the meal, enjoy the conversation, and enjoy your business dealings. You both should be in a good mood following a well thought-out business power lunch.