I went on a client visit this afternoon and after stepping into the boardroom my client looked at me and asked: "Would you like any coffee or water before we get started?" I politely declined and commenced the meeting. After leaving my meeting, I began thinking about my client's question and had the thought, 'When was the last time I was offered coffee at a meeting?'
It seems as though a few years ago drinking coffee during a business meeting was customary and declining a refreshment offered by your client was considered rude. Has hospitality in the boardroom taken a toll due to the economy or has it simply become pass?? Or are clients no longer asking because the offer is constantly declined. I'll be honest, I would love water and/or coffee but I literally spill everything I eat or drink on myself. Add a full cup of coffee and the pre-meeting nerves and you have a disaster on your hands and coffee on your table.
Is coffee still for closers or have we moved on?