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.