Well, not really. But it is something I look forward to each business day. While pondering this blog title, I stumbled upon an old review by Small Business Trends:
The recent expansion of LetsLunch builds on the fairly common blending of eating and doing business. What’s not to like?
You Can’t Eat Social Media
So, either you or your organization has an awesome social media strategy. You’re immersed in LinkedIn updates 24/7. And, you cross-post on a variety of platforms. Is there something missing? As we stress in our Social Media seminars: “never forget you are connecting with people. It’s hard work making and keeping friends on line or off.” Here are some reasons to try LetsLunch, or something like it:
- - People like doing business with people they know
- - Lunch helps a conversation blossom in a way the web-based cannot
- - Networks will expand through mutual introductions
- - Conversations are more confidential
- - Real connections mean better understanding
- - Opportunity to sample new restaurants and foods
Often, lunch is brown-bag or fast food, as time permits. But, they can be shared as well. One of our paper sales reps dropped by and we both brown-bagged lunch, chatted about new products and services and saved the time and expense of a restaurant.
Because we use a variety of machines in our business, it’s not a good idea to operate them “under the influence.” But, there are many other options for the business lunch. Our local Downtown Deli is a favorite spot for a meet and greet. Despite being busy and crowded, there is always a place to talk without shouting.
More formally, Trattoria Rosa Bianca in Yardley offers a relaxed atmosphere where you are certain to linger, (if only for the fresh and unique dishes they create!)
Are You in Silicon Valley?
If so, we’re not having lunch anytime soon. But, if you are within the Mercer County, NJ area, why not form a local chapter of LetsLunch or something similar, like Highlight, Banjo or Grubwithus? LetsLunch emphasizes the business/professional purpose of the midday repast, as compared to the others. Truthfully, you don’t really need a social media platform to organize a business lunch. For about two years, I was part of an informal business lunch group we called TABLED: Trenton Area Business Leaders Eating and Drinking. Appointments were made by e-mail blasts and texting, with good results.
Restaurants, of course, should have a vested interest in social dining groups, and we should encourage them to develop geographic loyalty. In addition, sharing their menus online helps with planning the business lunch and saves time.
I know; there are those who worry about the expense and the additional calories. So here are some suggestions to help overcome those fears:
- - Limit the number of lunches each week
- - Order less, or less filling food
- - Walk to lunch
- - Have a brown-bag business lunch in a park or in a food court
- - Order the lunch specials, which are frequently smaller and less costly
- - Remember the purpose of your business lunch.
Do Not Click On This Photo if You Are Over 30.
Anyway, here are 10 ways to make your lunch break more productive, even if you are over 30: Productive Lunch
Thanks for reading. Lunch anyone?