Corporate meetings, both large and small, are fixtures in every industry, and some professionals attempt to enrich their conferences by holding them over dinner. A meal might not seem like the most appropriate time to discuss sensitive matters, but can actually help establish relationships with prospective partners. For instance, Dr. John Tu, a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Saunders College of Business, Meeting Professionals International that dinner is a key element of doing business in China.
“The Chinese are very social people. They want to get to know you and become friends. Discussions [of a deal] usually take place over several dinners before signing an agreement,” said Tu.
For larger meetings, a meal can also be a great way to ensure that the audience is focused, especially during meetings held later in the day. Instead of thinking about their appetites, attendees will be able to focus on what the presenter is saying. By eliminating a basic distraction, hosts can enhance productivity at their conferences.
One drawback of large dinner meetings is that they usually have to be held at off-site venues, which can make it difficult for a business to implement audio visual technology and adjust the layout of the facility. Tallen Technology Rentals provides site surveys and on-site support to ensure that there are no issues during the conferences.