Etiquette Tip of the Week: Meal and Deal Host Protocol
When you are the host of a business meal, here are some quick reminders:
Offer your guest the best seat: facing out into the dining room, with the best window view or away from the line of traffic.
Your guest orders first. As the host, you order second.
Pay attention to what your guest orders and make sure the wait staff brings what the guest has ordered.
Do not talk business until after you place your order.
Keep pace with your guest, so you do not finish too far ahead or too far behind.
The host ends the meeting by asking for the check.
In some restaurants where table turnover is rapid, wait staff will hover and do everything but push the eject button or trap door to get you to leave. In other restaurants, wait staff are trained not to offer or bring a check until you ask for it.