As we move forward with meetings and networking in order to beef up registration for the LATISM Conference 2011, we thought we would share this excerpt from this month’s Inc. Magazine’s “Don’t-Do Lists”. These four steps give you insight on how to set your business luncheon up for success. We know that you’re already charismatic, classy and full of character (hey, you’re part of LATISM, aren’t you?!), so take this list and seal the deal with those registrations as you break bread with potential sponsors and attendees.
1. Don’t reserve online. Make and confirm your reservation with a human being. This allows you to confirm your seating preferences – you want a table where other people aren’t going to hear your conversation – and make sure the restaurant has the name of your guest, too. That helps things go smoothly.
2. Don’t leave the check to chance. Whoever makes the reservation usually pays the check. When you’re going to a very important meeting with a person you’ve never met, make sure the restaurant has your credit card number ahead of time.
3.Don’t be late. If you’re the host, show up early to make sure you have the table you want. If not, ask to change it. We’re here to make your visit enjoyable.
4.Don’t be a stranger. Make one restaurant your place. If you fly United all the time, they upgrade you. If you’re a regular at a restaurant, you can expect better treatment. We will remmeber what you like and dislike.
Excerpt from “The Don’t Do Lists” section in Inc. Magazine, October 2011, by Julian Niccolini – co-owner of the Four Seasons restaurant in NYC. Among his regular clients: Henry Kissinger, Barbara Walters, Barry Diller and Mort Zuckerman.