Bigg Challenge: We recently received an e-mail from one of our newsletter subscribers. Brett is raising money for his business. He’s planned a dinner meeting with some potential investors. He wants our tips to make sure his dinner is a bigg success.
Bigg Advice: Let’s start with two pieces of general advice on how to be dashing while dining.
- Do the little things well. Above all else, be yourself. That’s assuming you are respectful and sincere!
- Be the leader. You’re the host; they’re the guests. Lead them through the evening.
Now, let’s look at some specifics.
You should choose the restaurant. Try to determine their preferences – favorite restaurant or type of food. But if you can, balance that with your own. If you have a place you know you’ll get great service, go for it!
Get there early. You set the appointment, so don’t be late. If you’re late, you’re saying to your investors that your time is more valuable than theirs.
Arrange to pay the bill away from the table. Yes, you’re paying the bill. After all, you’re the one trying to make the sale!
On the show, George talked about a businessman who wanted to buy a company. The businessman met the seller and they began negotiating. As day turned to night, they reached an impasse. They were $100,000 apart.
They decided to go out for dinner so they could come back fresh.
During dinner, the businessman decided that he would pay the extra $100,000 IF the seller paid for dinner.
You see the businessman had bought breakfast and lunch. He thought it only fair for the seller to buy dinner! The server presented the bill. It sat on the table … and sat … and sat. Finally, the businessman pulled out his credit card.
That dinner cost the seller $100,000, even though he didn’t pay for it!
- During dinner
You set the agenda. Start off with some small talk, while you’re all looking at the menu. Once you’ve placed your orders, get down to business. You want time at the end for their questions or to just build your relationships.
After dessert, excuse yourself and take care of the bill.
- After dinner
Walk them out. You’ll often find that your best conversations occur once you’re away from the table. There’s pressure to discuss follow-up because the night is drawing to an end. Don’t miss this great opportunity! Make sure that you follow-up. Thank them again for meeting with you. Be positive – reinforce that you look forward to working with them.
Thanks for sending us your bigg challenge, Brett. We hope our advice helps you be dashing at your upcoming dinner!
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For our Bigg Quote today, we felt obligated to defer to Emily Post.
“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have
that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use.”
Mind your manners and the world can be your oyster!
Next time, we’ll offer some tips to cope with information overload. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!