How to host the perfect dinner party for clients
Written by Lance Chung
Manners matter, and if it’s anyone that understands that, it’s this woman. One of Canada’s chief etiquette experts, Toronto’s Lisa Orr is the authority that Bay street goes to when it needs to brush up on its behavior and prep for something that requires a little finesse.
Etiquette, what’s that?
With etiquette, if you know the rules, then you have more confidence in the way you’re interacting with each other. And you never know what situations you’re going to be in. I was at a huge event with eight courses and sat next to an ambassador. I didn’t know that was going to happen, but I was ready for it. Also, knowing the rules helps show respect for other people. If you’ve taken the time to understand how they work, it shows that you respect the people around you enough to make the investment.
Business Dinners 101
First, consider what the purpose of the event is. If it’s a celebratory one, you might be able to do it out of your home. If you’re hosting a corporate event, private rooms are ideal because you have a closed space. And typically, even if it’s a closing dinner where information has already been passed, people may talk about elements of a deal that might not be public. So it’s better to have that in a contained environment.
Also, if it is a client event and you know something special about them, like their favourite restaurant or type of food, keeping that in mind can be useful because you’re celebrating them and trying to make a good impression.