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Diane Jermyn
Special to Globe and Mail Update
Published Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 5:00AM EDT

Imagine your company has launched the app of the moment and you’re hosting a business lunch to bring interested parties together. But here’s the thing. You and your colleagues usually nosh on takeout sushi directly from the carton. Or drop into the neighbourhood café. So there is likely a learning curve ahead – and it’s not just about the silverware.
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As host, you’re expected to select the venue, e-mail invitations, confirm the guest list, greet and seat, make introductions (and get everyone’s name right) and keep the conversation flowing. And while a lot can go wrong, it can also be a powerful tool.

“I’ve seen examples where relationships were deepened, people got hired or did million-dollar deals as the result of a business lunch,” says Alan Kearns, founder of Career Joy, a national job coaching company. “It’s all about that fine line between personal and professional. A great business lunch dances that line.”

Here are some tips on how to make the best impression.

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