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Etiquette at work

Bringing up business at dinner with client

Here’s an interesting situation: A client invites you to dinner. The evening is very pleasant; you talk sports, travel, the weather; but the client never says one word about business. As the meal ends you wonder if you should bring up your business relationship and ask if the client has any concerns he would like to address. Should you or shouldn’t you?

The short answer is the person who does the inviting is responsible for bringing up business topics. You, as the person invited, should follow the client’s lead and not introduce any business topics you were wondering if you should bring up.

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