The big day has finally arrived! No, I’m not talking about a marriage proposal or college graduation; I’m talking about your boss inviting you to a business dinner. Now personally this hasn’t happened to me, but when I sat down and thought about the possibility of the situation, a million questions popped into my mind. What would I wear? Should I bring something to contribute to the meal? If of age, is it appropriate to bring a bottle of wine? Do I bring my significant other? You get the jest. I did some digging to find out the basics of attending a business dinner. Here are some tips I came across while searching for some answers.
Don’t get butterflies: depending on your professional relationships, seeing your boss outside of the workplace is like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs. The key to keeping it cool is to remember: your boss invited you. He or she obviously sees something in you that they like, so own it! But remember, there is a difference between cockiness and confidence: stay humble.
Don’t be late: if you know you’re going to be late, call ahead at the restaurant. Let them know the name of the party that you’re meeting and make sure they relay the message that you will be tardy. When you finally get there, apologize once and take responsibility for your actions. DO NOT continue to profusely apologize. Things happen. Apologize and get on with the evening. If you’re not going to be late, get there five minutes early. If you’re early you’re never late.
Wear something business casual: according to TLC, the guidelines for business casual include keeping it neutral, keeping it covered and classic. If it’s something you would wear to a frat party or a bar, don’t even think about wearing it. Shoulders should be covered, skirts should not be too much shorter than the knee, and sandals are a no-no. For some gorgeous business casual looks, check out this College Lifestyles article!
One more important thing: sit up straight! Keep your shoulders back and consciously maintain fabulous posture. If you carry yourself like a confident, classy woman, your boss and co-workers will take the suggestions you make more seriously. You are there for a reason. Keep that in mind. You go, girl!
So, congratulations on being presented with this incredible opportunity! Take these tips into consideration, and make the best of the evening. Learn as much as you can, ask questions and stay calm. Keep representing classy, fabulous and educated women in a positive light!