How to Wine and Dine (Part 2)

Impressing clients, co-workers and the Big Boss

 


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Current clients

For current clients you’ve got to protect the relationship you have already established while proving to them that you really are the hard-working guy they met at that really good Chinese place. Your meal has to be fast -- you have to get back to work after all -- and it should also be, shall we say, frugal. But you also want to continue to impress your clients with your savvy, so where to go and what to do?

Keep it simple, down home and wholesome, that’s what. This is the time for a great burger or gourmet sandwich. Make this a lunch meeting not dinner, and visit a really top-end restaurant that also does lunch but at more affordable prices. The gourmet burger, made with organic, free-range Piedmontese beef of course, shows that you value the finer things in life but manage to find affordable ways to enjoy them, with your client’s money! Since it’s lunch, the pressure is off to order much in the wine department, though you should always offer. If wine is on the cards, go for a great Zinfandel -- top-of-the-line wines that are always great values, and just reinforce your all-American values!

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  • Snooth User: schellbe
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    We are supposed to schmooze our kids friends parents in order to get them into exclusive schools or employment?. Greg, you must live on Mars and I must live on Venus, or both, but these are kids. Let them grow up themselves, with a little autonomy.

    And go enjoy a nice bottle of wine with friends while your kids are enjoying the usual over organized extra-curricular activities that kids do today.

    Dec 05, 2010 at 12:29 PM


  • Snooth User: vfsi
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    When I read the title, "Your children’s friends’ parents" , I was thinking, older children and their friends' parents, teenagers. It's nice to know the character of the friends your child has. What better way to find out than to lubricate the parents with a bottle of wine. The acorn doesn't fall too far from the oak.

    Dec 05, 2010 at 2:06 PM


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