I was at a networking function hosted by 3 Degrees Marketing recently and got talking to some great people across a wide pastiche of different industries. As I was exchanging cards with someone in the magazine game & tentatively planning a meeting we both got to chatting about the complete lack these days of the ballsy business meeting.
Not sure about you but certainly I dread the moment these days at a business lunch when the waitress or waiter says…OK drinks for anyone?
Eyes dart around the table more fidgety than a cowboy’s trigger-finger before a draw. Everyone is thinking – yes actually I’d bloody love a Sav Blanc – yet silence pervades eventually broken by the first to speak. Ummm, err….I’ll have a mineral water and then the rest fall into line like a sad house of cards. Yes a mineral water for me too, coke for me please…
Enough!! Let us follow the lead of these Belgian business warriors. Now THIS IS A BUSINESS MEETING!
Sadly even here it seems this business meeting has been effected by timidness & cost cutting. They really wanted to have a large!
So pfft I say. Join me in bringing it back – business-lunch-bravado. A glass of coke is normally extortionate at a decent restaurant anyway and not much (if any) cheaper than a beer or house-wine plus often a glass of wine is included in a corporate lunch menu. Act now.
End the fear – say thanks waitress you can put my wine right here!