Monday, January 3, 2011

Acing Your Next Power Lunch

If one of your 2011 resolutions is to score the next great job or social contact, you'll probably participate in the age-old tradition known as the "power lunch."

The “power lunch” has gotten a bad rap in the modern era primarily due to corporate excess and class based exclusion in the late 20th century.  Rarely is the topic of dining etiquette broached in business publications, executive training courses, social/civic organizations, or in job placement agencies. Yet, increasingly more interviews (for dream jobs and coveted non-profit board slots) are being conducted over meals.

The irony is that it’s a skill you’re expected to have with very little guidance or training.

So what does it take to glide through your next power lunch with flair and finesse?  Mastering of a series of unspoken “power rules” and tips so that you are ready to go when it’s time to shine.