When Power Lunches and Business Phone Calls are Inappropriate

Mark Gordon Brown By Mark Gordon Brown, 22nd Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/os3ol1bi/
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Do you hate going for out for lunch only to have your enjoyable meal ruined by loud talking business people?

Rude Business People

Many of us have had the experience of going out for a nice lunch at a fine restaurant and being placed near a table of business associates having a business lunch.

People participating in these business lunches are sometimes polite and quiet. When conducted properly, a business lunch should be discreet and even the people seated at the next table have no idea of what is being discussed unless they choose to eavesdrop. Yet other times the people having these business lunches are so oblivious to the other patrons of the restaurant they are at that their meeting takes over the entire place.

Sometimes this seems to be a purposeful act, as if the participants have watched television shows like The Apprentice too much and are playing out this fantasy of over importance thinking that it will impress the other patrons of the restaurant. This type of behavior does not impress other patrons of a restaurant. Such behavior actually angers and upsets other patrons of establishments who just want to have a nice meal in peace without having to watch or hear the fireworks of flying egos at power lunches.

Being a Show Off Does Not Make You a Big Business Man

At times there does not have to be a big group of business people to ruin the peace for the patrons of a restaurant, as one person with a cell phone can ruin the experience for everyone if they get loud.

We all have seen, heard, or know the type that wants to impress all of those around them by talking about a million dollar deal so that everyone within twenty feet can hear how important they are. Those men and women who like to show off what a tough business person they are by belittling some subordinate on the over end of the phone for everyone's amusement at a restaurant.

Most people are not amused by this type of behavior and definitely not impressed. At times I wonder if these people actually are talking to someone on the other end of the phone. I think that some may be faking the call to look important, after all a business person who is actually important would show a bit more discretion with their affairs.

Get a Room or Go Outside

If you do not want you, or your company, to look bad there are some simple rules to follow.

If your colleges can not keep their vocal level down at business lunches go to places where they can give you a private room. If you do not want to do this because you want to impress others with the illusion of your own importance realize that eventually it will sink your business when people stop supporting you because they find out you are jerks.

In regards to the problem of people being obnoxious with cell phones in a restaurant this will most likely need to be addressed by the restaurant and there may need to be non-cell phone areas and cell phone areas much the way there were smoking and non-smoking areas. Hearing one end of a angry or loud cell phone conversation while a person is eating is a health hazard as well, it inhibits proper digestion and creates stress and tension.

Your little ego trip should not ruin other people's meals and I encourage restaurants to discourage this type of behavior too.


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar johnnydod
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

Hear Hear Mark, there is nothing more irritating that to have a pleasant evening out, spoilt by these Irksome creatures.

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author avatar Val Mills
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

Totally agree with you, especially your statement, a business person who is actually important would show a bit more discretion with their affairs. Unforunately, if any loud maouthed business people would take the time to read this.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
22nd Aug 2012 (#)

I know someone who carries a portable cell-phone 'jammer' to stop people from being so rude in public places! I wish they were legal here in the U.S.!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
23rd Aug 2012 (#)

Thank you, Mark Gordon. I listened to a long discourse on the complexities of selling real estate only to realize the person on the other end of the 'phone was trying to impress her boyfriend". I was not impressed.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
23rd Aug 2012 (#)

What a great article and I love your insight as to a person's ego trip!! If I get a call on my cell in a restaurant, I always take it outside.

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author avatar Vernazoa
25th Aug 2012 (#)

I used to spend time with the Italian Mofia and they were very discreet,polished men. I was just a friend. Their class was obvious.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Aug 2012 (#)

I have experienced this many times to my annoyance and despair. On a lighter note, I remember reading - Bill Gates was told to tone down his voice levels at a restaurant. Had he been recognized who he was, it might have made a difference! siva

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author avatar Rhonda Humphreys
29th Aug 2012 (#)

I completely agree Mark. this is very annoying and unfortunately it is not only business people who do this.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
31st Aug 2012 (#)

very well said...

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