You’re at an official lunch meeting with a client and the bill arrives. Do you go halves, or do you cover the bill?
There’s no written rule for paying etiquette of professional lunches. But the general rule of thumb is for the party who suggested the lunch or dinner meeting (who is also usually the party that’s trying to sell a product or service) to foot the bill.
Even though most clients do expect that, some may still reach for their wallets anyway and offer to pay. Here’s what you can say to make it clear you will be the one paying:
- This one is on me.
- Let me get this.
- It’s my treat.
And if your client still insists, gently counter him with:
- Don’t worry about it.
- Please, I insist.
Have you used these expressions before? Or perhaps something different?
Soy el director de Daniel Smith + Partners. Tengo más de 15 años de experiencia enseñando inglés a españoles.