The Business Lunch
Don’t Be Stupid When it Comes to Client Lunches!
In these tough economic times, personalizing your business can be the key to surviving as others around you fail. High-tech is hot, but it will never be able to take the place of strong, personal relationships. Remember - people prefer to do business with people they like.
As our hectic pace pushes us to move faster and faster, individuals can feel more and more like a hamster in a wheel….running for their lives…..and not very hu man. When was the last time you were made to feel special or appreciated? The same thing goes for your clients and business associates.
When you make the time to take your clients out to lunch, and treat them right – as though they are the most important, special person in the world – you will see two things start to happen: you will begin to net quantifiable results in your business and you will find increased joy in your personal life. You won’t come home feeling as wiped out as before. Nothing fills you up more than giving and sharing with others.
Lunch is the most perfect opportunity each day to take your clients out and make them feel important. Knowing this, many professionals are still reluctant to take clients, especially new clients, out to lunch. It’s no wonder. Taking a new client out to lunch can be as awkward as a blind date! But it doesn’t have to be, if you follow the guidelines that I’ve laid out. Here are just some of the things you can do that will help take your business relationships to a higher level:
These are just a few things to remember when taking your clients out. The bottom line is to do whatever it takes, within good taste, to make them feel special. If you want to see an increase in your professional success and personal satisfaction, don’t waste another lunch time eating alone!
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