Business events are a great way to mingle, and they can be really fun. Unfortunately, they are sometimes boring or awkward. If you’ve taken on the task of putting together a business luncheon, stress not! We have put together some great tips to help you throw a great luncheon without a hitch!
Timing: A business luncheon doesn’t have to be at the typical lunchtime. You can choose to have it whenever you’d like. Try to pick a time that is convenient to the people attending. If you cannot offer a full meal, then don’t have it at a meal time, but if you refer to it as a luncheon, there should be food.
No alcohol: Alcohol can cause confusion and get people way off topic. It’s best to leave this out of a business function.
Free: When people attend a business luncheon, they don’t want to be stuck with a check. Pick up the bill so your guests can enjoy themselves and stay focused without reaching for their wallets.
Stay focused: Food and fun don’t necessarily make people think business. Often the whole purpose of the meeting is forgotten. Gently keep the reason for the meeting at the forefront.
Prepare to keep the conversation going: Unfortunately, many will look to you to break the ice, keep the conversation moving, and avoid awkward moments. The more prepared you are, the better.