In the business world it’s important to make a great impression. You must maintain the utmost professionalism at all times, and that also includes when you’re out of the office. Entertaining potential clients, especially those involved in major business deals, can be as fun as it is stressful, but it also doesn’t have to be expensive. Follow these tips to ensure you impress all day without breaking a sweat!
When you’re planning a business meeting with a new client, there are a few crucial points to cover. Potential clients want to know that your company is outstanding and reliable. As the representative of your corporation, it’s important you look the part. Dressing well promotes success, as obvious as that may be; ensure a great first impression by rocking a tailored, unwrinkled, and color coordinated outfit. Most importantly, keep a smile on your face – friendliness always helps diminish any awkward tension.
Prepare your presentation(s) within the office a few weeks prior, if possible. Have coworkers check your work for errors or missing information and also run through the presentation a few times, especially in the room you will be hosting your potential clients. By doing so, you’ll reduce your nervousness as the area will be familiar and your ideas solidified.
Once you’ve covered the pertinent information, it’s time to plan a venue to bring your potential clients to for lunch or dinner. It’s always important to look for restaurants that provide a variety of dishes and also accommodate various dietary restrictions. A phenomenal platform to utilize when searching for a restaurant that will meet all of your needs is Groupon Pages, a new extension of Groupon that offers extensive details and deals about venues in your area. Simply enter the type of restaurant you’re looking for (i.e. Italian, Chinese, Mexican) into the search bar, your location, and a list of relevant results will populate.
For example, if you’re hosting potential clients in New York City who are requesting French cuisine, A.O.C. on Bleecker Street may be a great choice for you. The restaurant offers vegetarian and gluten free options, and is great for groups. The attire is casual and the price of the meals range from $30-$50, which is not outrageous for NYC prices! Customers leave tips on the page, there’s a map showing its location, and the address, hours of operation, and phone number are also listed so making a reservation is simple!
Once you’ve prepared accordingly, entertaining your potential clients should be seamless and enjoyable! And before you know it, you’ll have solidified a phenomenal relationship that will continue to grow in the future.