A meeting with clients does not have to happen in a board room. Of course, what matters is the content of your deck. It’s about the presentation-how convincing you are with your knowledge, and how innovative your idea is.
You can have the necessities ready: freshly-brewed coffee made from excellent beans, bottles of sparkling water from France, and custom-made stationery with your company logo. You can even add a couple of hors d’oeuvres to make your clients feel the amount of planning given to the meeting. However, you have to admit; it’s been done numerous times already, it eventually lost its wow factor.
It’s not the best route when you are looking for ways to generate trust and admiration from clients. This is why a pre-planned meeting outside the office- in an outstanding restaurant- is more preferred nowadays. There are restaurants offering a board room set-up, which can make your need for a presentation feasible. If not, logistics will not be a problem as long as you have a corporate events planner like MTI Events on your side.
Remember that socialization matters in a meeting, just as much as the presentation. There is no better way to socialize than to have excellent food on the table. Here are reasons why you should hold more meetings in a restaurant:
1. A restaurant is a neutral environment:
If you are meeting with possible clients or partners, it’s best to make them feel comfortable by scheduling a meeting in a neutral environment. Your office is your turf while their office is theirs. You want a meeting where all the people involved are at ease so that everyone can contribute without feeling anxious. You can pick a restaurant based on the kind of vibe you want to send out-be it casual or formal. Furthermore, a restaurant setting leaves you with less obvious hierarchy, as everyone is seated on the same kind of seat.
2. You can create a better business connection:
Having a meeting in a restaurant is more casual than a board room, even if you’re about to have a 5-star meal. It’s a great way to connect with the person on the other end of the table, which will take the business partnership to a personal, albeit formal, manner. Showing your professional interest in them will assure them that you are someone they can trust. In essence, it can lead to a better professional relationship.
3. It generates less stress:
There’s nothing that good food can’t fix-even a dreadful business meeting. Having good food on the table during a meeting will give you, and everyone involved, the motivation to go through it. It might not be a business-centered reason, but it’s vital to have moments at work where you will experience less stress. It will give you the chance to go out of your usual routine. Having a respite from your typical work routine can make you more productive as compared to being in a constant state of monotony.
Even if a restaurant meeting is less formal, it should be as well-planned as any other office meeting. Have a professional help you out in this endeavor. If you’re interested in finding out more about MTI events, you can find their website here.