Who said business meetings need to be formal?
Today, the world has become so competitive, that even a minute lost could spell doom for the company. Moreover, the need for out-of-the-box thinking has come to the fore, as the newever levels of boardroom negotiations are being seen everyday. This is probably what prompted many a diligent businessman to forego the conventional boardroom in favour of the more informal and ambient setting of a private dining room. According to the business site www.forbes.com, many a successful deal owes its inception, negotiation and completion to the opulent private dining rooms where it first found its origin.
How to deal with the choice of a private dining room?
Don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s easy to select the perfect dining room for your impending business meeting. This needs a lot more consideration than what you may expect. A company may either breakdown with a deal gone sour, or breakfree, thanks to a smoothly executed business deal. Choosing a private dining room for your meeting could have a detrimental effect on the outcome of the meeting.
The ambience, the food, the quality of service and the location- these are the three areas that need particular looking into. Let’s take a brief look at each of these aspects, and gauge for ourselves their importance.
Corporate events, like dinner meetings, awards-night, annual get-togethers, etc. generally require a degree of panache and style, that would not be available within the premises of the company. In such cases, a private dining area, in a hotel or restaurant, will have to be booked. The style of decor is wholly dependent on the nature of the event. Many business houses prefer a classically decorated dining area, as opposed to one that screams with new age decor.
If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then there is no doubt that the way to cinch the deal is via that route too! Many business meetings go on late into the night, so, its best to choose a venue that has access to the kitchen at all times. The culmination of the meeting is often a well-laid table, with each dish perfectly prepared to suit the tastebuds of all, especially the top honchos, present at the meeting.
Moreover, a plate of food is the best way to start informal conversations, that themselves pave the way to a better understanding of the all those involved. Make sure that you provide a fine dining experience by getting to know the taste preferences of the majority involved.
Lousy service staff, who have no sense of timing or efficiency, is a bane that must be avoided. Its best to ask for references of previous clients from the hotel, so as to be able to gauge the level of the quality of the service staff. Also, hiring the dining room of restaurants that regularly conduct business meetings is a wise choice.
Choose a location that is easily accessible to all the parties involved. Also, make sure that the venue offers a good deal of privacy.