What Can A Business Concierge Do For You?

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Small Business Concierge Services

CC Home Concierge Company  provides services that take care of the tedious and time consuming portion of your evenings and weekends. CCHC is prepared to help you with everything from the every day to the extraordinary.

PROVIDING TRULY PERSONALIZED SERVICE TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER.

With the true concept of a personal concierge, CCHC Small Business Services work with each individual to develop a plan-of-action that enables a client to feel as if they have accomplished the tasks themselves.

It’s a cost effective solution of outsourcing your business tasks, Business concierges are playing an important role in today’s business by performing many of the same services as an office-based employee, but without the associated costs of payroll taxes, health insurance, workers comp, training, office space, etc.

WE TAKE CARE OF THE THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO DO, SO YOU CAN REGAIN CONTROL OF YOUR TIME.    

Business sometimes need extra support with the need of hiring additional employees – CCHC Small Business Concierge is your answer!

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Are you looking for a balance of home and work life? comment me @ cchomeconcierge@gmail.com. We can talk about what the next step will be for you.

 

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6 Tips To Consider When Planning A Business Luncheon

business-lunchI want to share with you what I’ve learned from being a Meeting Service Concierge in the past when it comes to Business Luncheon Meetings. I am no Emily Post, but I know a thing or two about what makes an outstanding luncheon meeting.

Business luncheons are the perfect way to conduct less formal client meetings. Sharing a meal gives you a chance to get to know one another on a more personal level. Though client lunches may be a bit-less informal meeting, you’re still discussing business. . . Right? As such, you want to make sure you bring your best “game plan”.

A poorly-planned business lunch that ignores the rules of etiquette will leave a lasting impression – and not a good one. Think about some of the business luncheons you have attended. Was there an awkward moment when the bill came? Have you ever sat waiting for the host of the meeting? Did the host drink a bit too much? Make sure you’re ready to ace your next business luncheon and make a positive impression with these planning tips:

1. Consider the Setting

Where you decide to host your business lunch isn’t always up to you. It depends on your clients, their availability, and everyone’s time commitments. If you’re planning a lunch at a restaurant, select a few options in an area convenient to everyone. Choose places you know well, and ask your guests their preferred venue.

Similar rules apply when planning an in-office lunch. If you’re bringing lunch into your office, though, you’ll take the lead in planning. Reserve a private space in your office (preferably a conference room) and choose a reliable caterer to serve an array of foods. Don’t be afraid to lean on the caterer for advice. They’re the food experts, after all. Your office manager or coordinator can lead you in the right direction if you don’t know where to start. Ask your guests if they have any food preferences, dietary restrictions and food allergies in advance. This will prevent the embarrassment of someone sitting out while the rest of you are eating.

2. Be Respectful of Time

No matter the meeting place, you want to respect your guests’ time. Arrive early and check the small details, especially if you’re having an in-office lunch catered. Do you have plates and utensils? Is there a comfortable place to sit and eat? Business lunches are a casual way to conduct business, but don’t let the informality distract from your purpose of the meeting. Prepare for your meeting in advance by drafting an itinerary of the meeting to keep yourself focused. It’s your job to politely keep the conversation on-topic throughout the meal. As a rule of thumb, don’t launch into business conversation until after drinks have been served and meals ordered. Instead, prepare some topics in advance to engage your client in small talk.

3. Order Smart

If you’re hosting your client at a restaurant, there are a few rules of etiquette to keep in mind. Let your guest order a drink first, so they don’t feel inhibited by your choice of non-alcoholic drink. If you’re meeting during business hours, you might want to  play it safe and steer clear of alcohol. But this doesn’t mean your guests should, too. You want them to feel comfortable.

When ordering your meal, follow your guests’ lead. If your guest orders something light, you’ll want to follow suit. Messy foods that are difficult to eat can distract from the business topic at hand, like someone licking their fingers from eating buffalo wings is certainly a distraction.

4. Talk Less Listen More

As the host, you want to do more listening than talking, apart from facilitating the meeting itinerary. Keep your phone off and out of sight throughout the meeting, and resist any urge to peek at messages or answering the phone – unless it’s of importance and has to do with the business luncheon.

5. Keep Lunch Etiquette in Mind

If ever there was a time to be on your best manners, a business lunch is one of them. Keep your napkin in your lap, and wait until everyone is served to begin eating. Ask your guests to pass items like salt and pepper, bread and butter to you, rather than reaching across the table. When finished, don’t push your plate away or stack it. Lay your utensils down on your plate so that your server knows to clear your plate.

*Here is a list of 10 etiquette tips for business luncheon 

6. Pick up the Check

As the host, it’s your responsibility to pay for the meal. An easy way to handle the check is to give your server your credit card when you arrive to the restaurant or meeting event space. This way the bill won’t arrive at the table and awkwardly interrupt your discussion. If you’re hosting an in-office lunch, you should order and pay for everything well in advance. This is also the time for you to access your meeting with your itinerary. Have you covered everything you intended? If not, try to find a way to cover remaining items and conclude the meeting with a positive message.

A lot of great deals have been made over a great meal.

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

Blog end post Contact me if you need help with your next business event.

What To Do With a Business Concierge

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Concierge for Small Business

Businesses sometimes need extra support for specific projects or ongoing tasks without the need for hiring an additional employee. If you don’t want to take on the expense of a full or even part-time assistant, you can still get the help you need . . . just when you need it.

CCHC can serve as a business concierge to assist with:

  • Make phone calls
  • Arrange travel or other bookings
  • Packing / unpacking
  • Provide internet research
  • Complete to-do lists
  • Business clerical tasks (filing, clean up emails and calendars, etc.)
  • . . . And so much more

It’s a cost effective solution to a growing trend of outsourcing your business tasks. Business concierges are playing an important role in today’s business environment by providing cost-saving benefits to both the business and individual. The Business Concierge can perform many of the same services as office-based employees, but without the associated costs such as payroll tax, health insurance, workers compensation, sick and other leave, training, office space (we usually bring our own setup), phone, etc.

By providing a Business Concierge, companies are not only providing a valuable tool for employee satisfaction and retention, but are alleviating the time burden that some business tasks place on the company’s resource.

Something to think about – Offer Business Concierge service to your employees, you will give your staff:

  • Reduced stress levels knowing personal tasks are being handled professionally and confidentially
  • Fewer distractions from work related tasks
  • Increased focus on their work during working hours
  • More quality time to spend on their home and family life

Would you like to get more organized at the office? If you’d like to schedule a 30+ minute free consultation with me and learn how a Business Concierge can help you get organized or finish up some projects with dead lines. Call me (860)961.6824 or Email me: cchomeconcierge@gmail.com

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

 

 

 

 

Making Meetings Count

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Making Meetings Count . . . If they’re Absolutely Necessary!

At work, meetings are the biggest time wasters of all. There are Monday Morning Meetings, Lunch Meetings, Training Sessions, Banquet Event Order (BEO) Meetings, Event Resume Meetings you are required to attend, but you can’t see why in the world it’s going to help you or you add help to the meeting. I’m feeling heads shaking to yes right now!

Here are The Purpose of a Meeting:

  • To solve problems
  • To reach a decision or to come to a consensus
  • To coordinate activities
  • To boost morale
  • To share information
  • To dispense educational and training information
One either Meets or one either Works - One cannot do both at the same time”

Here’s what really happens at Meetings:

  1. To provide an audience for SOMEONE – some people love to hear themselves talk, some like to have the audience to audition some of their stupid jokes and sayings, how many meetings have you attended where all you did was listen?
  2. To socialize – there are very few people that can work alone for long periods of time, meetings are a great place to catch up on office gossip, what someone had for dinner last night . . . who cares! A meeting is a great disguise for socializing.
  3. To escape from being effective – meetings are an excuse for poor work or no work at all . . . You can avoid unpleasant tasks or turn in assignments late because you were wasting your TIME at a meeting.
  4. Habit – the only reason for having many meeting is that its always been that way – regularly scheduled Monday Morning Meetings for example.
  5. To pass the buck – Very often a decision can, and should be made by an individual but he or she is reluctant to do so – he forms a committee and ask them for a decision or a recommendation. If the decision is not a good one, the committee can be blamed and no one is held responsible.

23 Tips to Making The Most of Meetings:

  1. Schedule fewer meetings
  2. Before you call a meeting, consider the cost of that meeting
  3. Don’t call a meeting unless you need advice from EVERYONE there
  4. Keep the number of participants in the meeting to a minimum
  5. Let participants know in advance if you want particular questions answered or problems solved at the meeting
  6. Distribute a detailed agenda in advance of the meeting
  7. Schedule meetings right before lunch or near end of the day
  8. Always start on time, and don’t go back over material for latecomers
  9. Open the meeting with some “housekeeping” announcements
  10. Be specific
  11. Keep it short
  12. Stay on schedule
  13. No interruptions
  14. When people want to speak during the meeting, ask them to stand
  15. No reading allowed
  16. Use visual aids
  17. Cut the troublemakers off at the pass
  18. Don’t ramble during the meeting
  19. Use a designated writer
  20. Take minutes and vow to reach a decision on each agenda item
  21. Allow people to leave after their point of business has been discussed
  22. Schedule the next meeting – at conclusion of the meeting
  23. Set a time in advance for the meeting to end and stick to that time

When it comes to meetings, always remember to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Don’t ask for, or go to, a meeting unless you have to. And once you’re in one, get to the point, so that everybody can get the heck out of the room as soon as possible and get back to using their time to get some real work done.

 

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl