Execs Select Restaurants as Best Venue for a Successful Business Meeting

Restaurants may be in need of catering business to boost poor sales, but they can take heart in the fact that when it comes to meetings, most high-level execs prefer business be done with a meal. According to a recent survey developed by Robert Half Management Resources and conducted by an independent research firm, more than a third of chief financial officers (CFOs) said their most successful business meeting outside the office was conducted over a meal.

Here's how the responses to the question, "Other than in the office, what was the location of your most successful business meeting ever?" broke down:

• Restaurant: 36%
• Tradeshow or conference: 25%
• Sporting event: 4%
• Golf course: 3%
• In a car: 1%
• On a trip/plane: 1%
• Nowhere else, only in office: 24%
• Other/don't know/refused: 4%

Why do restaurants rank so highly?

"A well-chosen restaurant can offer a neutral, more relaxed environment than the office, often with fewer distractions," said Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources. "Sharing a meal with clients or colleagues puts all parties more at ease and helps to establish rapport."

Remember, when you need to find a restaurant for your next meeting, visit the Cvent Supplier Network to browse profiles of venues with private dining space across the globe.

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