Business talks can be nervous affairs, especially for new partners or people new to the business world in general. Even if they're seasoned veterans, a big business deal can make just about anyone a bit anxious, and it's not always easy to make people feel at ease. So how do you give people some peace of mind and still move the meeting forward? Believe it or not, barbecue may be the answer.
Doing just about anything on an empty stomach is a bad idea, so there's a certain automatic benefit in simply making sure that people are well fed, but there's more to it than that. Barbecue makes for an easygoing, even jovial atmosphere, especially since it's generally enjoyed at sports events, summer parties, family reunions, and other social gatherings. Barbecue isn't imposing or overly formal, and it can make for a good opportunity to break the ice and get to know people. That makes it a bit easier for people to overlook the pressures of business discussions, and it can give you the chance to establish a relationship and rapport that goes beyond numbers and graphs.
Yes, it's basically impossible to eat barbecue without making at least a little bit of a mess, and that may seem a bit off-putting at first, but it can actually be helpful. This can humanize people and turn the general mood of a business talk into a more amicable and less-stressful occasion. That can make it easier to talk openly and candidly with each other, which can in turn make the business discussion a bit more productive. So, the next time you're ready to talk business, make sure that you bring some barbecue to go with it.