Let’s Do Lunch

It’s probably safe to assume that many of us enjoy taking our lunch break. This precious time of day not only fills the void left by an absent breakfast, but it also allows us to step away from the hustle and bustle of the office. We all need a quick “me break” from time to time, right?

So, how is it possible to dread one of the best parts of the workday? Simple – you don’t know which fork to use (figuratively speaking). Think back to the first time your supervisor, colleague, client, customer, etc. invited you to a business lunch meeting. You may have felt several emotions such as immediate hunger and excitement that quickly turned to curiosity and fear. The latter emotions likely came into play if this was your first “real” business lunch.

Yes, we’ve heard of proper table etiquette and the do’s and don’ts of dining. However, there are also several helpful tips for participating in a business lunch. Here are a few to consider:

Now, these are just a few of many lunch meeting tips. While I’m not suggesting you must follow these tips to the “T” every time, just remember everything you do or don’t do speaks to others. With that in mind, what do you want your business lunch etiquette to say about you?