Dining out and including business can create a myriad of business faux pas if you’re not careful.
Okay so why is this here. You know how to eat don’t you right, wrong! When attending a business diner or a mixer or event that includes fine dining here are some simple tips to consider.
Rule #1 It’s still business. Keep the colorful late night jokes to a minimum no one is saying you can’t have a good time but you don’t want your goodtime to become water cooler conversation in the morning. You’ve all heard stories about people who party hard at the Christmas party and have to hide their head the morning after.
Rule #2 Be aware of alcohol. I didn’t say beware I said be aware because alcohol can really complicate an evening. For instance observe your surroundings and choose your order carefully. This is probably not the time to order a bottle of anything either it makes you look like you go drinking often. Please try to keep the celebrations to a minimum this is still after all business. You can drink a little at a business event but be ready for someone to ask you to recall important information during the dinner. Nothing says I drank too many martine’s faster than stumbling over vital statistics.
Rule #3 Consider your dates carefully
We know the impact of bringing a date to a wedding but bringing a date to a business diner can last even longer. Unless you’re vying for couple of the year Obama style the saying is bring them in slowly. Even the strongest relationship filled with blissful possibilities can spiral in seconds to a public disaster. Nothing screams awkward louder than a couple trying to silently argue in between bites. Check please!
Rule #4 Dress comfortably but also professionally
No one is a saying you need a turtle neck but this is another way of showing the softer side of sears if you know what I mean. You can be a little sexy and alluring but you need to remember this is still business. Think of a sexier version of what you wear every day at work. Now I know there are some Femme fatales that may be a little offended by this statement. Well you’ll just have to hold out a little longer and find another opportunity to wear that sexy frock latter.
Rule #5 Too Broccoli or not to Broccoli
Imagine having a conversation and someone says you’ve got a little something in your teeth. It might be obvious but its okay to say that a meeting with a potential client might not be the time for ribs. Any meal that contains wet naps is not a good idea to eat. This includes shellfish such as crab or lobster and of course barbecue. Unless you know how to properly eat it spaghetti is not a good idea either. So consider solid entrees such as steak, chicken or fish with simple side dishes. You are looking for a meal that is easy enough to eat that you don’t have to pay attention to it. Remember you will be multitasking and expected to be able to talk in between bites.
Lastly, trust your ability to communicate and you’ll be able to do your job even with a appetizer plate and a drink in your hand. These tips are simply to make it easier for you to do so. If you’re not drunk or arguing with a significant other you’ll have a free ear to hear your opportunity to make a great impression. Cheers!