Hey hey readers! Welcome back. As most of you already know, business lunches are not only important professionally, but they are also moments to experience cool places, great food and new drinks. Each month we set out to give you 3 suggestions from around Maricopa County of places you must try!
ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
If any of your meetings are around the Central Scottsdale area, you MUST consider checking out Zuzu. This casual dining experience offers brunch and dinner every day. The average meal is shy of $40, which isn’t unreasonable once you consider the type of experience. The cocktails are very creative giving your taste buds an exploratory adventure across different flavor combinations. Whether you are a casual cocktail connoisseur, or a once in a while type drinker - the drink menu offers a wide selection of drinks, and one of them is bound to give you something to talk about with your guests. The menu itself has hundreds of reviews from raving foodies. The Executive Chef is Russel LaCasce who planned out imaginative dishes that are certain to push to boundaries of what you thought your preferences were.
SumoMaya Mexican-Asian Kitchen
Also situated in Central Scottsdale, this fusion style restaurant combines the best of Mexican culture and Asian Culinary mastery. The Executive chef is Lorenzo Lopez and he’s dished up a menu that doesn’t just share cultural influences; it adds a spark of contemporary zest for the modern foodie. Having your business lunch here will enable you to experience a vast array of flavors in a smart casual setting of like minded people. Even better, if you are leaning more to optimizing your taste buds at the same time as your budget, the average meal cost is less than $30. Enjoy!
J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician
If you are looking for something a little more fancier, this casual elegant dining experience is bound to impress you. You will have to stay at the office for a few extra hours as they typically open later in the day at 5pm. Located at The Phoenician resort in Old Towne Scottsdale, this steakhouse offers a classic menu sourced with fresh, local ingredients and culturally diverse spices. The Executive Chef is Jacque Qualin, who brings years of artisan experience working with steak and seafood. This restaurant caters to the business crowd and has a reputation for excellent service.
Have you been to any of these restaurants above? What did you think? Sonoran Chauffeur is the premier limousine service in Maricopa County that caters to a business clientele. We’ve driven our clients to the most popular lunch meeting destinations. Every week we will share 3 extra recommendations, so if you haven’t already, subscribe to our mailing list and have our blog sent to your email! Thank you for reading and we will see you next time.
Phoenix is home to many international corporations. If you happen to work for one of them, you can anticipate having to go on a business trip. Adventures aside, being in a new environment with a different time zone can break your routine and make productivity difficult.
Here are 3 tips to staying balanced when you’re in this situation.
First, anticipate exhaustion upon arrival.
Traveling has this tendency to zap you of your energy. Ever been on a long road trip, only to feel sleepy as soon as you get to your destination? The same is true for flying! It doesn’t seem to matter how much caffeine you slam down, or sugar you intake. For most people traveling is simply tiring. So an easy recommendation is if you are traveling far, try to arrive a day before your meetings begin to help you adjust. Otherwise, you can expect that you won’t perform at your best the day of.
Second, sleep when you’re sleepy.
Chances are that after a long trip, you’ll be in a different time zone, potentially experiencing jet lag. It’s a very confusing feeling, being tired but it not being time to sleep, or vise versa. The primary objective in this situation is to maintain executional capacity. For this to happen, you need to be well rested. If you’re tired at 6pm local time, but your bedtime is typically 10pm - make an exception this one time and go to bed at 6. The consequences otherwise will be like staying up 4 hours past your bedtime. You will feel it the next day, so get to be sure to sleep when your body says sleep!
Third, accept the law of diminishing returns.
Reality is that you will have your own ability to work under stress. And being exhausted or jet lagged is a form of stress. We totally understand that every situation is going to present a different set of expectations. The self employed individual travelling for a convention is going to have a different set of circumstances than the executive traveling to close a deal under a tremendous amount of pressure. If you are the latter example, we wish you the best as it’s not hard to imagine how difficult that situation becomes when you have to perform underslept. The law of diminishing returns is basically knowing that when you’re in these types of situations where your effectiveness is diminished, that it doesn’t matter how hard you work. The quality might be sacrificed, mistakes are more likely to happen, and rework could be required. Learning to pack it up for the night might be incredibly difficult for our Type-A audience, but it could also be exactly what is needed in the moment.
Preparation is Execution’s closest sibling. If execution is getting everything done on time with minimal error, then preparation is the act of crossing T’s and dotting I’s. Preparation takes many forms. We suggest taking a closer look at the electronics and IT equipment required for your business trip, and examine them at least 24 hours before departure. You want to ensure that your backups are accessible in case of a breakdown. You want to make sure that the files are all saved in the correct places. You want to make sure that you have the correct devices such as portable projectors, laptop, power cords, and perhaps even a hotspot port if you find yourself without wifi. The list can be endlessly extensive, or as short as few items. You know best what is required. Be diligent in your review!
Sonoran Chauffeur is a local Phoenix limousine service that caters to the business and executive crowd. If you are planning a business trip soon, let us help you with the logistics. We can assist with getting you to the airport on time and even arrange a driver to pick you up in your destination city. Logistics is a specialty of ours, so really, call us and see how we can help make things easy for you! Thank you for reading, and we will see you in the next post.
Each and every day around the hours of 12 noon and 6pm respectively a deal is being made in Phoenix; a client is being courted, and a team is planning their next move. These meetings don’t happen to be in the typical settings: boardrooms, sales offices, or cubicles. They take place in lounges and nice restaurants where the experience is outsourced and the atmosphere is professionally maintained. You want to pull off an amazing business dinner? Here are but a few tips to help you succeed.
First, plan ahead.
The restaurant will do a great job of creating the proper experience for you and your client. What you will want to ensure is anything that can impact that experience has been addressed. You’ll want to call the restaurant to make a reservation so that there isn’t any awkward conversation in the lobby area. Let your client know that you have a table, and to let the hostess know it’s under your name. If you have the opportunity to learn more about your prospect, perhaps from an assistant of theirs, learn about their preferences and potential dietary restrictions. This will not only impress them, but will make them very comfortable to be around you. If you intend on drinking, you should have alternative transportation prepared. And a final note, check the weather the day of so that you do not get blindsided by a storm.
Make an invitation.
Depending on the size and type of relationship of the people you intend on dining with, you would benefit from sending out an invitation. Invitations could be as simple as an email with a click-to-confirm, or something more fancy such as a postcard. Give them a RVSP deadline so that they are accountable to showing up. This will also let you know how many people to expect. Finally, a day before you will want to reach out to all attendees to confirm that they are coming, and that they are aware of the location details.
Choose the perfect spot.
For most of us, this is where we get to have fun. It’s very easy to find a decent spot and become a regular at that particular venue. If, however, you choose to try other locations out, you’ll be adding some energy and spontaneity to your meetings. Some considerations to make would be whether the client is used to high end dining. If that’s the case, you’ll want to go somewhere nice. If the client is less particular and more personable, then perhaps a lesser known spot with great food and drinks will suffice.
Don’t overlook the menu.
As stated above, it will help you to know the preferences of your guest. If you know they like something in particular, then find a restaurant that has the best of that particular dish. If not the best, then something novel or interesting that they will enjoy. This is a huge benefit to your guest and will amplify the relationship. Likewise, you don’t want to go to a restaurant that they won’t like otherwise they will feel uncomfortable having to choose something to eat.
Whether you intend on meeting someone for a prospective business deal, or this is a long term client you’ve been working with, professional transport is a great addition to any business dinner you have. It solves the alternative transport issue if you intend on consuming alcohol, plus it makes you look awesome in front of your guest. If you want to “wow” someone, consider calling Sonoran Chauffeur to be your Limo for hire! Thank you for reading, and we’ll see you again in the next article.
As a consumer and someone wanting to invest in a Limousine experience, you probably want to make the right decision who you will hire. We are in the information age, and the more educated you are on a service, the better the choice you will be able to make! There are a ton of Limousine companies in Phoenix each with something unique to offer. Some are cheap, where others are slightly more expensive. Some cater to a high-status crowd, while others accept all clientele. You’ll want to know what will suit you best, and that way your informed decision will lead you to having a positive experience. Here are the most insightful considerations to make when prospective different limo companies!
First, you will want to know about their credentials.
Every limousine company has a driver or a team of drivers. Driving is a profession and like all professions has protocols that are implemented to ensure the safety of the client and everyone around the vehicle. So ask your prospective Limo provider what sort of training their drivers have? Specifically, you’ll want to know about any defensive driving certificates they have. Following that, you’ll want to make sure that the company is licensed to operate and insured for any liabilities. Finally, as an added precaution depending on the circumstances, ask about how their drivers are vetted. Do they have to pass a criminal record check? Are they tested for drugs and alcohol regularly? Basically, are the drivers of a respectable character that will ensure the safe transport of you and your peers?
Second, ask about their fleet and if you can view the vehicles ahead of time.
Any respectable Limousine service wants to showcase their fleet. Their fleet is basically their merchandise, and they should be placing great effort and care in showcasing their vehicles. Sometimes a website will have pictures, but take web photos with a grain of salt. Websites are not always updated, and it’s possible the business is using stock photos. But if you called and asked to see the vehicles, they could email you or even show you in person. In essence, this will enable you to know what you’re paying for. See the goods before you pay!
Third, what is the maintenance schedule?
The last thing you want on your wedding night is to be stranded alongside the highway because your limousine broke down. Likewise, if you were to use a limousine to chauffeur your client or a VIP around, would you risk your first impression by using a dirty vehicle? Maintenance has two forms, the vehicle, and the interior. So ask the company once you call how often are the vehicles maintained, specifically how recent was YOUR vehicle maintained, and when was the vehicle last detailed? You will want to be looking for Frequency. The more frequent the vehicle is maintained and detailed, the more taken care it will be, and the more likely it becomes that you will enjoy your experience.
Fourth, what is the make and model of the vehicle you want?
If you find out the age of the vehicles before you do business with them, you will know whether you are getting the best bang for your buck. Ask yourself, does it make sense if a company is charging you a competitive rate if their vehicle is a decade old? Likewise, if you are looking for a deal, you can anticipate the vehicle will be older, bringing with it the disadvantages of an older vehicle.
Fifth, ask the company what makes them so special?
This question will enable you to learn how the prospective limo company matches up with the competition. This is where you can really determine how much value they offer inside the price they charge. Is it their experience? Is it their attention to detail? Is it their connections with venues and local amenities? Is it that they really want to take care of you? Find out what resonates with you, and follow your gut. If you like their answer, you probably found the right one!
There should be no hidden fees or surprises!
Ask the company when you call them how much exactly the trip will cost. Are there any variable costs, such as mileage? Is there a flat fee? Is there a bagging fee? What about meet and greets at the airport? Bag service? The price usually depends on the size of vehicle and number of guests, among other factors they will inquire to you about. Once the company knows what you are looking for in terms of trip details, they will be able to provide you with a quote. If they are unable to quote you, move on to the next company as you are not dealing with a professional.
Why choose Sonoran Chauffeur?
Sonoran Chauffeur is the premier limousine service in Phoenix AZ. Our drivers are professionally vetted with over 25 years experience driving around Arizona. The fleet is maintained before and after every trip, to ensure a clean and safe ride. The vehicles are modern luxury, providing you with a stylish and sensual experience for whatever occasion you are planning. Give us a call today to learn how we can serve you best. Thank you for reading, and we look forward to the next post!
Hiring a limo service in Phoenix doesn’t have to feel like an intimidating process reserved for only the elite class of society. This article is your stress-free guide to hiring your first limousine. Note, if by the time you are reading this article, you’re already several drinks deep at your buddy’s bachelor party - we recommend just calling.
Limousines are like taxis, but are often fancier, cleaner, and better vehicles. It’s not uncommon for the average person to be intimidated by swanky blank cars they normally see at airports, private entrances, or in movies. Regular customers in the limo business are business people and corporations who use the expense as a write off while maintaining style and efficiency in their work life. That said, limos have seasons to the business where other people will hire them for bachelor parties, graduations and weddings alike. It’s possible you relate more with the latter than the former. It’s completely normal for every day citizens to hire a limo company for a special event. The reason why it can feel a little odd is because most people don’t use limo’s regularly.
If this is your first rodeo, congratulations! You must be anticipating some sort of celebration around coming up on your calendar. A limousine is a great enhancement to any celebration. Some of the key benefits of limousines is in the feelings, experiences, and memories they create their guests. So on your celebration day, whatever type of event it may be, you’ll notice you feel a little extra important. Pedestrians and people are the venues you’re going to look at you a little differently, from a place of curiosity, like “who’s this VIP gracing us with their presence?” So feeling important is definitely a common occurrence. Likewise, the interiors of these vehicles are often posh and very comfortable. The music and lighting is set to your preferences. And of course, the driver is your personal chauffeur who adds that special touch to the occasion. Having someone at your service and providing you with their undivided attention is one of the best experiences a business can create for you.
Some considerations that you’ll want to make are for how many people will be joining you, as the size of the vehicle will vary accordingly. You’ll want to know exactly what the occasion is that encouraged you to want a limo. A stretch limo might be suiting for a wedding, but it might not suit an occasion requiring some discretion. When you have a better idea of the type of limo you’ll be requiring, it will be a lot easier to get a quote from your limo provider.
Finally, when you’re ready to schedule your limousine, don’t delay! The earlier you are in your planning process the better. Limousines can book up fast and unexpectedly, so the sooner and more proactive you can be the better you will be to ensure your planned celebration is a success. There are many limousine companies to choose from. You can find them on google, social media, or even through word of mouth. Once you choose your service provider, give them a call, and ask for a quote! If the quote is satisfactory, then book your trip!
It sounds like you’re going to have a fantastic time. This author hopes that you have a safe and memorable night. If you’re still on the fence about your provider, know that Sonoran Chauffeur could be the right choice for you. Call and see if it’s a fit! No pressure though, the time you’ve taken to read this article is greatly appreciated. Thank you!