Are you looking for ways to impress a client with your home business? There are many ways to win them over. You could start with a delicious meal and an atmosphere conducive to doing business. By getting to know your potential client even a little can lead to an evening that will be enjoyable and fruitful for your business.
If you have decided to splurge and take the client out to dinner, make certain that all of their needs are considered first. Do they have allergies? If so, make certain to go to a place where they will be comfortable with their food selections. Showing that you care about their needs can make for a great first impression.
If you say that you are going to be at the restaurant at a certain time, arrive early. If you arrive before they do, you can take the extra time to ensure that you are no located someone noisy or near a high-traffic area so that you talk business and hear each other without interruptions. Having them wait on you could also make them feel unimportant to you.
Pay the bill ahead of time so that your guest can avoid the awkward moment of determining who will pay. They will also be impressed and feel well cared for that you thought ahead about the moment. You can stop in to the restaurant ahead of time or simply show up beforehand to settle how this will be handled beforehand.
On the evening of the meal make certain that your own meal is balanced with that of your client. Order a similar item as your guest and follow their lead. Since this is a legal business meeting you should also go light with the drinking of alcohol. Drinking heavily could lead to a situation that is awkward and could lead to you losing the business.
There may be some mistakes during the course. In particular, be courteous to the wait staff. If something arrives to your table that isn’t that great, do not get angry or abusive towards the staff. Showing condescension and rudeness can show the client that this is how it is to work with you. Another way to handle it is to simply ask for a correction.
Small talk is a good ice breaker. Hopefully by now you will know more about your potential client so that you can speak on topics that they are interested in. Small talk is a way to connect or reconnect. The client will also be looking to see if you pass their own personal tests. Think more on if you dominate the conversation or if you are listening well. Major business talk is best reserved for the main course where wait staff tend to interrupt less.
Lastly, remember the important parts of your dinner and fulfill any requests your client made during the dinner. Nothing will hurt you and your business more than showing that you cannot follow through with promises and requests.
Finally, enjoy the experience – you are connecting with a person, so making it enjoyable will make it less robotic.