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Etiquette at Work

Setting the table for a business meal

The opportunity has finally arrived. You’ve ­attended business meals with your boss and with ­clients, but you haven’t hosted one yourself. This is your chance to shine. But it can also be your chance to flame out. You might choose a restaurant that is so noisy you can’t hear or try that new place in town ­only to discover that the food is only adequate at best. What can you do to make sure your business meal comes off without a hitch? Here are seven tips:

Know your guest. What kind of food does he or she like? The best way to find out is to ask your guest or an assistant when you call. If asking directly feels too awkward, suggest two or three different types of restaurants and ask the preferences of the guest.

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