Connect with us

Business

The Unwritten Rules Of A Successful Business Dinner

The tradition of dinners where colleagues meet to share a meal and discuss business topics goes way back to the past, when there were no such things as conference calls. In spite of the facilitators that came with modern technologies, a business dinner remains an important way to make deals and arrangements, to determine the company’s next move and to help individuals progress in the company. However, business dinners as rather formal events require a genuine display of good manners from all the guests. Here is a dining etiquette that should help you behave well on such a dinner, regardless whether you are a guest or a host.

Be on Time

There is no such thing as “fashionably late” in the corporate world. Arriving late on a business dinner will only make you appear irresponsible and disrespectful. Furthermore, it is possible that you’ll skip an entire meal and the time when everyone is mingling and introducing themselves that happens at the very beginning. However, you should not arrive too early, either. The best time to be at the restaurant or in the host’s home is 5 to 10 minutes before the scheduled hour. If you arrive at the restaurant before the host, it is best to wait in the lobby.

The Unwritten Rules Of A Successful Business Dinner

Dress Appropriately

Your attire for the evening will depend on the formality of the dinner (you should be notified about this when being invited) and the dress code of the restaurant. Call the restaurant in question to check for some special rules about the clothing. In most occasions, you should go with polished attire that accentuates your professionalism. Both men and women should dress conservatively, in fitting and freshly pressed clothing in solid colors.

Make Introductions

When meeting and greeting the persons at the table, you should make sure they remember your name, as well as the organization you represent, but without coming on too strong. That should go both ways, though. You must remember the names of the hosts (especially senior hosts), and do your best to remember as many guests too. It will be easier for you to memorize the names if you repeat each person’s name aloud when making introductions.

Seating and Ordering

Do not just rush to find the best seat at the table. Wait until your senior host sits down, and ask if they have preference about seating arrangements, advise at a renowned Manly restaurant. The same goes for ordering food from the restaurant menu. Wait until the hosts make their orders, and then you will know what type of food to order and what the average price range is. You don’t want to order the most expensive meal there is, only to find out that the rest of the table ordered just snacks.

The Unwritten Rules Of A Successful Business Dinner

Table Manners

Avoid messy food with dripping sauces or meals that are difficult to eat, such as spaghetti. If the dinner is formal, you should brush up on your skills a couple of days before the event. You can do that by skimming through a book on dining etiquette. Also, try to pass on alcohol or at least don’t go for more than one glass of wine, unless you want to say or do something that could work against your career interests.

Paying the Bill and Tipping

The usual rule of thumb for business dinners is that the person who does the inviting always does the paying too. Still, if you are organizing an event and you expect for all the guests to pay their share, you should discuss that in advance, instead of ambushing them when the waiter comes with the bill. Whoever is paying the bill will also give tips to the waiter (15 to 20 percent of the total bill), the sommelier (15 to 20 percent of the price of the bottle), the bartender (15 to 20 percent of the bar tab), the coat room attendant ($2 for the first coat and $1 for every additional coat) and the parking valet ($2).

There are some things, such as greeting, seating arrangements and tipping, that can be dictated by the local customs, so if you are attending a business dinner abroad, try to research the culture you are visiting.

Recent Posts

Home Improvement2 months ago

How To Add More Value To Your Home

If you have some spare cash in the bank, it is likely you would like to spend it on your...

Lifestyle2 months ago

What is a Deep Plane Facelift

Cosmetic surgery is a choice that needs a lot of research and when it comes to thinking about a facelift...

Entrepreneur2 months ago

Unveiling the Demand for Digital Marketing Courses: A Comprehensive Analysis

In recent years, the realm of marketing has undergone a seismic shift propelled by the digital revolution. As businesses increasingly...

Home Improvement3 months ago

What Does an Effective Wardrobe Spring Clean Entail?

Spring is upon us which means one thing and one thing only. It is time for the annual purge of...

Business4 months ago

Your Basic Guide To Creating A Unique Investment Blog

Starting your own blog is great and once you get the ball rolling, it can be a good passive income...

Business4 months ago

3 Low-Risk Ways To Get Your New Business Started

Once you’ve got an initial business idea and believe that it will be a success, there are some basic things...

Lifestyle4 months ago

Conquering the Co-free Zone: Tips for Thriving as a Remote Worker

Adjusting to an office environment can come with its downfalls in the sense that it might be a shock to...

General5 months ago

3 Ways To Take Control Of Your Finances Starting Now

If your finances have taken over and are bringing stress to your life, we understand just how overwhelming it can...

Travel7 months ago

Best Places To Visit In The North Of England

If you live in England, you will know there are many different places to visit for the weekend. There are...

General7 months ago

Green Home Improvement Ideas

In a world where environmental concerns are growing, the concept of “green” has gone beyond a trendy catchphrase and is...

Lifestyle7 months ago

How to Host an Unforgettable House-Warming!

The time has finally come. You have moved into your dream pad, and are officially adulting in your very own...

Autos8 months ago

A Guide to Parking Lot Striping

The journey to a well-striped parking lot begins with the right paint. In this brief guide, we’ll unravel the mystery...

Business10 months ago

Business Tips For Protecting Your Finances During A Recession

In 2023, taking the necessary steps to protect your finances for your business is now more important than ever. The...

Lifestyle11 months ago

Tips For Cleaning Your Trainers

If you’re into your trainers and streetwear, you’re likely to be very conscious of keeping them looking their best! So,...

Marketing11 months ago

Branding Trends For Start-Ups in 2023

Branding is incredibly important as it impacts how your business reaches and connects with its target market. If you’re branding...

Categories

Archives

Trending