Business dinners are fairly common in all industries, but for those of you who are only starting out they might represent a bit of a challenge. Dinner Rush has you covered with some ideas that will help you keep in mind the most important details, in order to help you plan a successful business dinner.
Know Your Guests’ Tastes
The first thing you need to know is what your guests enjoy eating, how they enjoy it, and perhaps even what ambiances they prefer. In this day and age where everybody posts a considerable amount of personal information on social media, it shouldn’t be too hard to learn about these details.
The reason why this is the first step is that it will have a significant impact on every other decision regarding the business dinner. Some key points are finding out if they have dietary restrictions such as food allergies or made the choice to go vegan, which will help you avoid a menu disaster.
Pick the Right Restaurant
There’s a myriad of restaurants you can choose as the place where your dinner is going to take place, but you need to focus on those places that will fit the tone you want. If you want to give the event a carefree and fun touch, you can choose restaurants with live music and even a karaoke feature.
As is the case for many of these dinners, the more serious ones require quieter and more professional ambiances, with a sober staff that will be careful not to interrupt. Of course, you need to keep in mind your guests’ tastes as well, when you chose the right venue.
Get there First
Come the night of the dinner, you should make sure you arrive prior to your guests, as this will give you time to make sure every detail is seen to. You can also take an extra step and arrange to pay your bill without your guest ever even seeing the check on the table. This will alleviate some of the stress and looks professional, classy, and speaks of trust.
Furthermore, you can discuss the timing of the different courses and beverages with staff, in order to avoid being interrupted at inconvenient moments.
Be an Entertainer
The fact that this is a business dinner is far from a limitation to make it all fun and casual at some point. If you are good at making small talk and your guests go along with it, this will play to your advantage as it showcases your charisma and versatility, two assets everybody loves.
If you take these ideas and apply them right, you will find that planning a successful business dinner can even be a fun endeavor to try out. We encourage you to make your guests should feel welcome and comfortable at all times.