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Impress Your Clients with a 5 Star Dinner

Impress Your Clients with a 5 Star Dinner

Are you hosting an important client? This can mean strengthening of business partnerships or strengthening of important ties with the client. How then can you make their experience the best and boost your client contacts or even increase your client base? The following are rules to consider when hosting your important client and impress then with 5-star dinner.

Venue

Before we get to the 5-star meal, you need to know that the venue is the most important part in impressing your clients. Look for a restaurant that gives quality service, has a serene environment that can allow you to talk openly and without distractions with your clients. Additionally, you get more points when you discover what your clients’ favorite meals are; the likes Chinese, Indian, or BBQ. These preferences will give you better ideas on the venues to pick for the 5-star dinner.

Making first Impressions

First impressions are everything, from how you dress, to how you receive your clients at the venue you have picked. First impressions affect the way people perceive you to be also, by how you carry yourself. From first impressions, clients can tell whether to trust you with their products or not.  Here are some tips on how to make a great first impression.

Hospitality

Hospitality is crucial in relating to your clients, think on how well you should receive them. Hospitality goes hand-in-hand with greetings, and receiving clients. Know your client’s tradition, where they come from, how they greet each other male-to-female, and male-to-male, so that you do not embarrass yourself or make your client feel disrespected. For instance, in the Chinese culture it is rude to shake hands, their greetings involve bowing heads towards each other.

Entertainment

Entertainment brings liveliness to the dinner, find music that is soothing to the ear. Therefore, you cannot take your clients to a club where there is booming loud music or in a restaurant that is near a club or that has a club in it.

Apart from the music, another part of entertaining your guests is engaging them in conversations that do not necessarily involve business but that will keep them entertained. Show interest in how the clients are faring on in their lives, since we mentioned that it’s not a business meeting, rather a dinner, ask about their families, friends, what they love to do in their free time.

Ensure that the hotel provides the best foods in 5-course meal style, and make sure that the drinks are not of high alcohol content; you don’t want them to have hangovers.

Lastly, be cautious about how you conduct yourself. Do not forget your manners.

Spoil Your Staff with Dinner Out

Spoil Your Staff with Dinner Out

Showing your staff how much you appreciate them is a great idea. Treating your hard-working team will boost morale, and most likely boost productivity and job satisfaction too!

Here are some tips to spoil your staff with dinner out:

CHOOSING THE RESTAURANT

Choosing the restaurant is key to a successful staff dinner.

  • Choose somewhere with a wide range of cuisine choices to suit all tastes
  • Call ahead to make sure they have plenty of room for your group
  • Make sure they are used to hosting large groups so they don’t get annoyed if the night turns out to be noisy or rowdy
  • Organize with the restaurant a set menu or simplified ordering and payment plan to minimize hassle on the night
  • Ask the restaurant if they can provide starter platters when the group first arrives

SURPRISE THEM!

You don’t need to tell them outright what you are planning, why not make it a surprise?

  • Send out a group email to your staff with a survey about their availability. This will incite lots of excitement and speculation
  • When you pick the night, send out a “save the date” email with some vague details regarding what to expect
  • Let them know that this is an outside-work-hours event to express your gratitude for their hard work

PARTNERS?

Whether or not to invite partners is a big question. If it is for a particular event like Christmas or a company milestone, then it’s more appropriate to invite partners. But if it’s a general dinner to spoil your staff, then keep it just staff. Here are some ideas to make families more included:

  • Have a pre-dinner function at work where partners are welcome to come and socialize before staff moves on to dinner
  • Have a more casual, post-dinner meet-up option at a bar or other venue where partners are welcome to come along and meet up with the team after the dinner

DRESS CODES AND OTHER TIPS

  • You don’t want to make this a hassle for the staff, but you do want to give them an opportunity to really make a night of it. Specify that the dress code is business casual, or if they would like, they can go all out!
  • Make sure to plan well in advance so your staff can organize babysitters
  • Set a casual, friendly atmosphere by getting to the restaurant earlier than your staff so you can be there to greet them and offer them a drink as soon as they arrive
  • Give a small speech at the dinner table, but keep it short and complimentary so the staff doesn’t feel like they’re at work!

Spoiling your staff with dinner out is a great way to build team relationships, boost morale and make your staff feel appreciated and worthy. Go ahead and get planning!