Monday, October 31
Sealing the Deal: How to Impress Clients with the Right Spread
You know how they say that the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? Often, it’s the same with clients. Of course, alcohol will probably get the job done more quickly, but that may not be the best idea for a business deal.
When making a sales pitch or trying to seal a deal, you’ll want to go all out. Make a killer slideshow, dust off your most expensive suit, and more importantly – get the right food. No need to take clients out to a swanky restaurant where you can’t pronounce half the stuff they serve or where you might get into a brawl with the maitre d’ over your reservation. With enough preparation, you can easily win clients over right in your office.
Here are some tips for creating an impressive spread:
Do your homework.You wouldn’t want to order a Pad Thai salad with peanut-lime dressing only to have your peanut-allergic client go into anaphylactic shock right in front of you. Have your secretary dig up information on any allergies, food aversions (especially for pregnant clients) or preferences clients may have.
Choose simple yet elegant menu items. Now is not the time to be adventurous. If you don’t have the time or resources to find out what your clients will and won’t like, it’s best to go with basic yet tasty dishes. If you have the budget for it, spring for gourmet food that uses specialty meats. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with grilled, baked or pan-fried meats, chicken, or fish, with potatoes, veggies, or risotto on the side.
Watch out for complicated food. Avoid exotic or spicy food that might have your guests running out of the room after a few bites, or the kind that could give everyone in the room bad breath (read: lots of garlic and onions). Also steer clear of messy food like tacos, spaghetti, and crabs, and not to mention, food that needs to be eaten with chopsticks or worse, your hands.
You can do wonders in the boardroom with a carefully planned menu. So, what are your picks for the best food to serve clients?