Negotiating during a business meal is almost an art. Links can be formed and relationships of trust can be established more easily than is believed during this moment of conviviality. Rylee John Meek, the author of Food For Thought: How to Use Dinner Seminar Marketing to Grow Your Business In Ways You Never Thought Possible, certainly agrees. Meek is a prominent trainer, author, and entrepreneur who practices NLP and uses TIME Techniques. He believes that business meals should be taken quite seriously and companies can take advantage of them if they plan well. As a business owner, treating your client to a business meal should be taken as more than just a casual dinner. Here’s how you plan for them.
Choice of restaurant
The restaurant should be adapted to both the client you invite and the underlying purpose of the meal. In any case, opt for a quiet place where it will be possible to speak without raising your voice. A place you know, preferably.
Be Punctual
Be the first to be able to welcome your customers or partners, put them at ease and show your hospitality to them.
Introduce Strangers to One Another
If necessary, do the presentations in a courteous manner, taking the time to detail the importance of each and reversing the hierarchical order (from the least important person to the most important person). Introduce your family or associates first to your customers, not the other way around.
Be considerate and gallant
Leave the most comfortable places for women. The bench for example or the place with a clear view of the room or even the outdoors. Take care to designate each guest his place around the table alternating men and women, and reserving the place in front of you for the main client.
Turn off your phone
To avoid being distracted by ringing or vibrating, turn off your smartphone completely. This kind of meal requires total concentration.
Sit correctly
This is taught to children from an early age: do not put your elbows on the table and sit up straight. Do not slouch on your seat, leave your hands visible (do not put them on your lap or under the table) and do not stretch your legs.
Opt for a Menu
By choosing a Menu (rather than a la carte), you are assured that all guests will be served at the same rate and that the meal will not stretch too long. Suggest a Menu, while leaving room to maneuver and approving the choices. Avoid ordering dishes that are difficult to eat, such as burgers.
Rylee John Meek is the CEO of the Social Dynamic Selling System, which he founded in 2010. He has been working diligently with many people, helping them improve their family lives and their businesses. He believes that nutrition should be taken seriously, and a meal is a perfect place for people to bond. Meek believes that inviting your clients to lunch or even dinner could be the best way to share opinions in a relaxing environment.

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Oscar Shepherd is a Creative Graphics Designer by his profession. He also use to write his opinions on different topics.