Lunch or dinner meetings are very common in the United States, but not so much in other cultures. This video shows the normal routine of these meetings.
- As an Italian, I often have food or treats … during meetings at the office. … But that's just a snack. … The real meal comes later, … and it lasts anywhere from one to three hours. … In an English-speaking environment instead, … you might find a combination of work meetings … and actual meals. … Depending on the company you work for … and the purpose of the meeting, … you could have it at the office … or at the restaurant, … at lunch or at dinner. … Lunch meetings at the office focus on productivity … rather than on conviviality. … There is a little bit of small talk … but the main focus is on job-related topics. … There could be ordering in sometimes, … again, depending on the company. … When I was teaching in an American college, … we had ordering in all the time … at every meeting, … which for me was very distracting … since that never happens in Italy. … If the meeting is at the restaurant, … then it's normal to have a little bit of small talk, … especially before ordering food. …
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