In the past I have compared Strategic Dining℠ to a game of basketball. Today, I’d like to offer the concept of host as herder.
At the end of a business meal, or any meal for that matter, goodbyes can be a prolonged experience. People tend to flock out of a restaurant, not aware of their new surroundings. In most cases this change of scenery spills out onto a public side walk, or worse, a parking lot.
As an astute host, beckoning the others in your party away from the restaurant entrance or the middle of a sidewalk thoroughfare will score you some major points. Some in your party will notice your environmental awareness. Certainly other pedestrians will be grateful. Bonus points for keeping your absent-minded potential client from straying into a valet driver’s path!
As the host of this event, see your duties through to the end, even if it means hailing a taxi for an out of town guest.