Now I’d had a medium coffee across the street, having arrived early, so I declined a drink at this stage; as well I had a second meeting in a Starbucks café in an hour’s time, so I didn’t want to be coffee’d out.
But it struck me that the drinks should be offered before people sit down.
It is a social lubricant, also a courtesy.
Who was it said that any successful date had to have at least two of three components – food, entertainment and sex?
It seems to me that as host, offering your business guest a drink is the first step in establishing rapport.
And no, it doesn’t have to be a cappuccino or a latte.
A (sealed) bottle of water is adequate.