While recently accepting a position at GoNetYourself, I have moonlighted as a server in restaurants for six years and through college. One of the many scenarios I, amongst other servers, have seen is the business dinner. Working in an upscale seafood restaurant in Seattle not only attracts many of these dinner meetings but also many business people from abroad. This is the beginning of a series of business dinner snafu’s and yes-dos to help us all to close deals while breaking bread. This week will focus on how ordering a bottle of wine can transform your experience.
As with most meals, we’ll start with the beverage. Which means we get to discuss one of my favorite topics, WINE. Cue lip-smacking deliciousness. Unless you make a career out of wine tasting in Woodinville, I don’t expect you to be an expert. But alas, what are business meetings about, impressing the client! Below are a few steps to a memorable dinner.
Step 1: Don’t be afraid to have a conversation.
When faced with a wine list longer than the city phone book, you have two choices:
1. Close your eyes and stick your finger in the middle of the page. Where is lands, your fate decides.
2. Ignore your client to read the list…
These both are losing options. INSTEAD, don’t be afraid to ask your server. We study and are tested on this stuff like it’s a medical degree. Tell the server generally what you are deciding between for an entrée so they can best pair your wine. Also involve your guest and their preferences, make it an exciting event even in the small detail of wine!
Stay tuned: How to get past language barriers from wine talk to real talk!