According to a survey by It's Just Lunch, 35% of professionals offer this advice to someone hosting a business meal: always ask your guest about any food preferences or avoidances they may have like allergies, religious prohibitions or personal preferences, before choosing the restaurant and making a reservation. Another 32% of professionals believe that it's most important to be prepared with appropriate dinner conversation. Research the host's and guest's company and read up on current events and the latest news.
"Being informed of what's going on in the world is a must; you never want to appear ignorant during a business meeting and you should be bale to carry on an educated conversation", says Alana Beyer, Vice President of It's Just Lunch. Never complain about your co-workers or boss and never discuss personal problems you may be having with your family, husband or significant other. 57% of people surveyed find this to be a real turn off."