Whether it be a first date, a business meeting, or a group gathering, you want to make a solid impression on the individuals you meet. You are there not only to enjoy splendid food, but to improve your relations with those around you. These are the five rules that will help you make an amazing first impression:
1. Be Courteous
The way you act at the table will say a lot about who you are as a person. It is a given that you need to be courteous to your guest, but it is equally important on how you carry yourself with the wait staff. If you are rude and impatient with the wait staff, how will it be any different outside of the restaurant atmosphere. Therefore, an integral part of dining is courtesy to everyone you see during this experience!
2. Keep Your Dining Area Neat
Let’s be honest, things can get messy at the dining table (flaky bread gets everywhere, pasta sauce tarnishes white table cloths, and wine spills everywhere). The way you carry your side of the table means a lot to how well presented of a person you are. Use your napkin to clean up sauces, push bread crumbs off the side of the table, and keep your utensils organized. Do not be extra meticulous and try to clean the other side of the table; only worry about the area in front of you. Cleaning your guests’ area is a nonverbal cue of calling them messy and unrefined!
3. Have Conversation Ideas In Mind
No one likes a boring person! Before you go into the meal, think of a few conversation starters that will not only help you get to know the person a little better but will garner information that you think is pivotal in this encounter. Lead the conversation, but be a good listener when it is their time to discuss. Conversation topics are like the salt and pepper shakers at the table. A little bit of each makes a dish splendid but too much can lead to disaster.
4. Pay The Bill
Have you ever gone to a restaurant with someone and the host of your party tells the wait staff “separate checks please.” It often leads to an awkwardness than can be avoided from the beginning. Although it can be hard to pick up the tab on larger parties, when it is a one on one interaction, be sure to offer to pay the bill. Even the subtle act of receiving the bill and paying it without batting an eye leaves an amazing impression on the other person. They may not say anything at first, but it does put you in a powerful position to leave that perfect first impression. Try it out and let us know your experience!
5. Tip Generously
A few extra dollars can go a long way when it comes to tipping. If you tip at least 20% of your bill, it leaves an impression on the wait staff that may help to better service in the future. This restaurant or bar could become a staple place for meetings and what better way to arrive and be greeted by name in future encounters. Being greeted by name is surely a way to awe your guest with an air of mystery as to who you are. You may have your own opinions on tipping policies, but this is how we at Minimalistic Gent behave at our favorite locations!
Now that you know the five tips to make a great first impression, go out there and conquer. We here at Minimalistic Gent are committed to helping you put your best foot forward! If you have any questions please leave it below!