Magazine article Working Mother

Job Coach: Business Lunch Do's and Don'ts

Magazine article Working Mother

Job Coach: Business Lunch Do's and Don'ts

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This Month's Expert: Kim Izzo

Coauthor of two etiquette guides, including The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum

Question; When I go out to a business lunch, I worry about everything from small talk to spinach in my teeth. How can I polish my lunch skills?

Answer: A business lunch can be anxiety provoking, for good reason. If you're dining with your boss, she might want to discuss a new responsibility she has in mind for you, and you'll want to respond in the best way possible. If you're out with a client, you may have an important pitch to deliver, and again, the stakes could be high. In either situation, do some prep work. Make a list of talking points (including rebuttals) before heading to the restaurant. Are you fuzzy on sales figures or your department's expenses? Now's the time to gather the facts and photocopy any materials you want to bring along.

Once you're at lunch, you don't have to dive into business right away. If you're both moms, exchanging information about your kids could be a nice icebreaker. Then, when you've ordered your meal and the waiter has brought your drinks, take advantage of the lull before eating to make your main points. …

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