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How to make your best impression at a business lunch

Business lunches can be an important opportunity to build relationships, discuss business matters, and make a good impression. Good manners can help to create a positive and professional atmosphere, making the lunch more productive and enjoyable for all parties involved. Here are a few tips for good manners during a business lunch:

  1. RSVP promptly: If you are invited to a business lunch, be sure to respond as soon as possible to let the host know whether or not you will be able to attend. If you are unable to attend, provide a polite and timely decline.
  2. Dress appropriately: Business lunches often have a dress code that is more relaxed than a formal business meeting, but it is still important to dress in a professional and appropriate manner. Avoid clothing that is too casual or revealing.
  3. Arrive on time: Arriving on time for a business lunch shows respect for the other participants and allows everyone to get started on schedule. If you are running late, be sure to let the host know and provide an estimated arrival time.
  4. Turn off your phone: It is important to be fully present and focused during a business lunch, so be sure to turn off your phone or put it on silent mode before the lunch begins.
  5. Follow the host’s lead: The host of the business lunch may have specific preferences or protocols for how the meal should be conducted. Pay attention to the host’s cues and follow their lead.
  6. Place your napkin in your lap: As soon as you are seated, place your napkin in your lap. This helps to protect your clothing and signals that the meal is about to begin.
  7. Use utensils correctly: Use utensils correctly and in the proper order. Start from the outside and work your way inward as you progress through the courses of the meal. If you are unsure how to use a particular utensil, watch what others are doing or politely ask the host for guidance.
  8. Don’t order messy or difficult-to-eat foods: Business lunches are not the time to order messy or difficult-to-eat foods, such as ribs or spaghetti. These types of foods can be distracting and make it difficult to maintain good manners.
  9. Use polite language: Use polite language during the business lunch and avoid using profanity or inappropriate jokes.
  10. Be mindful of others: Be mindful of the needs and preferences of the other participants during the business lunch. If someone has food allergies or dietary restrictions, respect their needs and do not pressure them to eat something that may not be suitable for them.
  11. Pay attention to nonverbal communication: Pay attention to nonverbal cues and body language during the business lunch. Avoid crossing your arms or leaning back in your chair, as these can be perceived as closed or defensive body language.
  12. Thank the host: Be sure to thank the host for the invitation and for their time before the end of the business lunch. This is a polite and professional way to show your appreciation.










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