Business meetings conducted in an office are the norm for just about everyone. But business can happen anywhere these days, with the advent of technology and the ease of getting to and from locations.
Hosting or attending a business outing in a restaurant makes the atmosphere more relaxed and comfortable for many, and provides time for you to get to know your colleagues or clients better.
But walking into just any restaurant is not the best plan – having some thought out locations and specific criteria in mind in advance helps to set the right mood and can make your meal a success.
Locations That You Know
While it would be great to be as well-known as Norm when you walk into a restaurant, at a minimum you can and should have a few locations that you are comfortable with when making business meal decisions. Knowing a menu in advance as well as the layout of the restaurant will lower any anxiety you might have about the meeting, and certainly raise your comfort level. This feeling will easily be conveyed to your business meal partner and make the overall experience better.
Hotels cater to business travelers, and so are used to business meetings happening in their dining rooms. What else is nice about hotel restaurants is that they aren’t generally as loud or as busy as restaurants that are open to the street, and the atmosphere is quiet and relatively calm.
If you’re having a larger business meeting with more than four or five attendees, consider booking a private room in a restaurant. The ability to close the door to outside din makes private locations attractive and shows that you’ve gone the extra mile to make your clients and employees comfortable. Having a private room is also beneficial in that you can bring in presentation materials and really take advantage of the space as necessary.
Wherever you choose to conduct your business meeting, take advantage of Dav El | BostonCoach to book your ground transportation options, and make the most of your business meeting when out and about.