Working lunches are a very important part of the business world. Meeting a new colleague or potential contact over lunch brings a unique set of challenges that can test even the most experienced of business people. A great way to avoid anything going wrong is to do a little planning and prep to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch.

Choosing the right place

For an important business meeting, it’s worth popping to the restaurant or bar beforehand to check it out and make sure that it would be suitable. If possible, it’s best to visit at the same time as the working lunch on a similar day to get an idea of the vibe. Practical considerations to keep in mind include how easy it will be to hear the other person and how easy it will be to remain discreet if that is necessary.

It’s also worth considering the food that is on offer. Those who don’t know the person they are meeting very well should make sure that there is a wide range of options available on the menu that is likely to appeal to all possible tastes.

Dressing to impress

Taking a little bit of time to plan a wardrobe before the day of the lunch is very important. Websites like have a huge variety of clothes available and offer quick delivery to make any last-minute purchases for a business lunch stress and worry-free. Anyone who is stuck for ideas on what to wear would be well advised to check out the fashion section on a newspaper to find out more about what people are wearing and get some ideas.

Doing this planning could feel like a bit of a chore at the time but it makes it far easier to relax during the lunch and make sure that it achieves its objectives. Those who regularly attend working lunches are likely to get used to the planning routine and will find preparing for lunch gets easier every time.

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