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A lunch with a client is never just lunch. A lot of business decisions are made over business lunches. So, what are some do’s and don’ts for a successful business lunch?

Here is a short and sweet 12-point guideline to entertaining business clients.

How to cater to your client’s personal needs

1. Make it close to your client’s place of work.
2. Make sure of any food preferences, dislikes or allergies.
3. Make reservations.
4. Confirm with both the restaurant and your client a couple of days before to remind them.

Small business ownership, creating your own job, becoming an entrepreneur—no matter how you say it, controlling your own success is very popular and very tempting. Yet, is this the right path for you? Are you ready for entrepreneurship and all it includes? Find out by honestly answering these questions.

It’s easy to feel self-confident and mentally strong when everything is going great in your small business, but when disaster strikes unexpectedly and you hit a challenge, that’s when your true strength is tested.
One of the best ways to be successful as an entrepreneur is to build a strong mindset to be ready for challenges so that when they come, which they will, you will be ready to face them.
These tips will help you create a strong mindset to deal with any start-up challenges.

We know that women entrepreneurs sometimes downplay their strengths and their business successes for fear of bragging – but brag you must.

Although women have made great strides, there is still a confidence gap. Several research studies show that women are less confident and less self-assured.

I’ve been reading a few articles lately about how easy it is to fail as an entrepreneur or start-up and that 80 to 90% of businesses don’t make it within the first year. While statistically that may be true, how’s that for a dose of discouragement for anyone who’s thinking of striking out on their own?

The fear of failure is often what stops people from putting themselves out there and from trying in the first place. One dictionary definition calls failure out to be “an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success.”

Interpersonal is the third area that contributes to emotional intelligence. This is about how we interact with others. Here, we examine our social graces.
These competencies make up the interpersonal area of the EQ model:

  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Empathy
  • Social responsibility

Let’s continue with the second competency under the Interpersonal Composite and discuss Empathy.
Empathy is the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes - to pay attention to and appreciate the feelings of others.