One of the best ways to make a memorable first impression on any potential client is to take them on a client outing. The next time you have an upcoming Baltimore client meeting or outing, there are a few things you can arrange in advance to ensure you impress all of your existing and potential clients.
While there’s nothing wrong with inviting clients into your well-appointed facilities, people tend to feel a bit more comfortable outside of the work environment. They tend to speak more freely, be more open to suggestions, and not feel as though everything you’re doing or saying is strictly for the benefit of closing a sale or merger.
We’ve put together a few ideas to include in your planning process that are unique to the Baltimore area that will be sure to leave a positive lasting impression on everyone who attends your next client event.
1. Fine Dining
You’d be amazed at how far a good meal will take you with your clients. If you take your clients to a forgettable restaurant, they may feel as though they aren’t worth the extra effort to arrange for a reservation at one of the top restaurants in Baltimore.
You simply can’t go wrong with a business dinner at Charleston in Harbor East. With an incredible menu that changes daily and is filled with delectable Lowcountry cuisine like lobster bisque and cornmeal-fried oysters, it’s no wonder why this Baltimore favorite has been around for more than 20 years. Be prepared to enjoy a long and leisurely meal that should give you plenty of time to discuss work.
Another long-standing favorite located in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood is The Prime Rib. It’s almost impossible to have a bad experience at this top-notch steakhouse. You and your clients will be with their award-winning steakhouse classics and superb seafood. Plus, the vintage supper-club vibe can’t be beaten. This swanky spot is perfect for casual pitches and snagging business.
2. Take a Bay Cruise
Why stay on the mainland to impress your clients? After all, Baltimore is second-largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic, so it only makes sense to move the wining and dining onto the water.
For something unexpected, check out Spirit Cruises for one of their all-inclusive corporate cruises. It’s the perfect setting for business dinners, client entertainment, networking events, and employee outings. Spirit Cruises can provide food, beverages, and entertainment that is sure to leave quite the impression on those potential clients you’re trying to impress.
3. Luxury Transportation
If you’re going to be picking up a client at the airport or for dinner, your mode of transportation sets the basis of their impression of you. Even if you drive a high-end car, there’s something to be said about springing for chauffeured car service for a meeting or event.
When you use chauffeured car service with ZBest, you have the ability to choose from a wide variety of luxury vehicles that will be driven by the most professional drivers in Baltimore. Your clients and guests will be able to relax and enjoy the drive, and you can focus on them instead of the road in front of you.
Take these three suggestions into account for your next client outing or meeting in Baltimore, and you’re sure to enjoy the success that comes from getting their business.
*Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in August 2015 and has since been updated to reflect the most accurate information.