business etiquette tip: Join me for dinner? Company, client and associate dinners are a common in today’s business world. Everything from the drinks you order to how you handle the check can gain or lose you a potential client or employee.

When you are the invited party, your order represents a level of respect and personality. Avoid expensive items or look unappreciative. Avoid excessive alcohol or risk presumptive irresponsibility. Who pays the check? While the invitee should offer to pay, the inviter traditionally covers the cost. It’s dining disposition and  it’s your personal brand.

Clare Hefferren

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