Dazzling a potential client, business partner or employers...
...with your good manners and social graces...
...can result in a job offer or lucrative contract.
Alternatively, a lack of composure or proper table etiquette could mean a missed opportunity.
I'm Saundra Diardichuk with WatchMojo.
I'm gonna share with you today some tips on planning and executing the perfect business lunch.
Confirm the spot.
Make sure you know the correct address because you don't want to be late.
Be on time. People typically have a limited amount of time for lunch...
...so tardiness can be extra offensive.
Turn your cell phone off before entering the restaurant.
After your greetings and you're seated, make sure you order with care.
Ignore your craving for the barbecued ribs or any other potentially messy dish...
...and follow the lead of your host.
When it comes to appetizers, desserts and other extras,...
...make sure not to order an alcoholic beverage even if your host does.
You might think it will help you relax...
...but nobody is going to trust you with their business if you get smashed over lunch time.
Don't dive into your food.
Make sure you wait until everyone is served.
Don't eat too fast or too slow.
Try to stay in step with your host.
Using good table manners is not only polite, but it also makes good business sense.
Posture is important and so is body language.
Who picks up the tab?
If you did the inviting, you are responsible for the check.
If a joint meeting, it's appropriate to split the tab.
The conclusion of a business meal is as important as its beginning.
A verbal "thank you" is very appropriate in the end, even if it didn't go as planned.