The Successful Business Dinner

Thursday, May 5, 2016

You’re taking your clients/associates/boss out for dinner. Generally, this is not a social call, but an opportunity to talk shop in a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere, and set yourself apart from the other drones in your office.

It is the perfect opportunity to show how familiar you are with the dining and social scene in your area, and bring your guests somewhere that will offer them great service, delicious food, and an unforgettable experience.

But you have to know how to do it right:

  1. Do Your Research: This step is two-fold. First, call to check on your guests’ available dates and preferences. Is it going to be an early evening after the 5:00pm bell tolls? Or will it be a more intimate affair starting later on before a show? You’re also going to want ask those closest to your dinner dates what type of food they enjoy. If they are allergic to seafood and shellfish, sushi is definitely out. 

The second step is to locate restaurants with the best reputations for the type of food, ambiance, and atmosphere conducive to intimate conversation. Gayot, Frommers, TripAdvisor and other website databases let you cross reference locations with those exact specifications and give you the recommendations you’re looking for. You should also call ahead to the restaurant and let them know that it is an important, high-profile business dinner, and great food and service will receive high praise and recommendations on sites like and social media.

  1. Dress the Part: Casual is nice on the weekends with the kids, but if you have something important to discuss (you and your company’s potential future), you’re going to want to put your best foot forward. If the client is more casual, loose the tie and the suit jacket look or the over-the-top evening gown. Instead, opt for something smart, snappy, and buttoned-down. Sleek, uniformed lines, solid colors, and continuity always make a terrific impression, and shows you have a great eye for detail, but don’t over complicate things.
  2. Mind Your Manners: This idea may seem a bit outdated, like something out of a museum. But the truth is being charming, charismatic, and professional never goes out of style. Telling inane rambling stories, off-color jokes, or getting inebriated may work well with your friends, but often times, you’re there to represent your company and make a lucrative first impression.

Follow these tips and you’re sure to do just fine in your mission to dazzle your fellow diners. For the best printing experience possible, head into your local Cartridge World and get everything you need.