San Diego, CA (PRWEB) November 3, 2005
It’s Just Lunch, the premier dating service for busy professionals, with over 85 locations worldwide, has released survey results about the dining etiquette of 2,520 professionals in a business setting. According to the survey, 52% of men and women agree that being rude to the wait staff is the worst business dining etiquette a professional can display, 35% think blowing your nose at the table is the worst behavior while another 7% think it’s rude to put lipstick on during a meal.
“To a client, the way you behave at a business lunch meeting is a reflection on how you will conduct day-to-day business with them,” says Daniel Dolan, Chairman and CEO of It’s Just Lunch, “you don’t want to portray yourself as being sloppy, rude or careless. What you order, how you treat the wait staff, your table manners and what kind of conversation you carry on matters more than most would think.”
When picking a restaurant to take your guest to, 30% of professionals think an Italian restaurant is the best choice, though 30% would order something other than spaghetti, which is too sloppy for a business meal. 63% of professionals would choose something non-complicated, 24% of women would order a soup and salad and 13% of men would order steak. Men and women agree, 52% said you never order the most expensive item on the menu, even if you are paying the bill.
According to the survey, 20% of professionals believe it’s always best to take cues from the host when dining at a business meal, do not start eating until they do, do not order desert unless they do and finish eating when the host does. Most importantly, do not order an alcoholic beverage with your meal unless the host does so. 65% of men and women think it’s appropriate to order between one and two drinks. Also, always remember to be gracious and thank the host. 37% of people surveyed say forgetting to say thank you is a major no-no at a business meal.
35% of professionals offer this advice to someone hosting a business meal: always ask your guest about any food preferences or avoidances they may have, like allergies, religious prohibitions or personal preferences, before choosing the restaurant and making a reservation. Another 32% of professionals believe that it’s most important to be prepared with appropriate dinner conversation. Research the host’s and guest’s company and read up on current events and the latest news.
“Being informed of what’s going on in the world is a must; you never want to appear ignorant during a business meeting and you should be able to carry on an educated conversation,” says Andrea McGinty, founder of It’s Just Lunch. “Never complain about your co-workers or boss and never discuss personal problems you may be having with your family, husband or significant other, 57% of people surveyed find this to be a real turnoff.”
Even the most veteran business professionals sometimes run into an uncomfortable moment during business meals. If your client expresses a personal interest in you and asks you out on a date 70% of females and 53% of males said they would thank them graciously, but explain that they didn’t mix business with pleasure. While another 21% of men said they would jump on the opportunity, because you never know, she may be the one.
If your client mentions he or she is single is it ok to offer to set them up with a friend of yours? While the majority of men and women said no, they would never want to risk offending their client or negatively affecting their business relationship, another 23% of men said they would offer to set them up with one of their friends only if they had someone in mind that would be a great match.
Top 5 Basic Business Dining Essentials
1.Always arrive on time, 15 minutes early when possible
2.Never order the most expensive item on the menu
3.Never have more than one alcoholic drink
4.Always be gracious and say thank-you to your host and the restaurant staff
5.NEVER answer your cell phone, send text messages or play with your Blackberry
More statistics are available at http://www.itsjustlunch.com.
About It’s Just Lunch
Since It’s Just Lunch was founded in 1991, the company has arranged millions of fun, first date lunches or drinks after work—an atmosphere where singles can feel comfortable with the process of meeting a new person. With over 85 locations worldwide, each day IJL arranges hundreds of fun, first dates over lunch or drinks after work at more than 1,500 restaurants. With many introductions leading to second dates, It’s Just Lunch is the world’s leading first date authority.
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