Is Your Restaurant Too Noisy For Business?

By Joanne Blake | Dining

May 08

How Can You Network if the Music is too loud?

Eat, drink and be… stressed

Have you ever sat in a restaurant where the thumping bass has made it so you can’t carry on a conversation? Or you have to shout or worse – carry on your conversation via text?

Me: Do you mind turning the music down?

Noisy Restaurants

Server: Hunh?

Me: Do you mind turning it down!
Server: Hunh?

Me: Do you mind turning it down!!
Server: Hunh, I can’t hear you.
Me: Exactly

Read my lips

We’ve been hearing from lots of readers complaining about how noisy restaurants have become. The too loud music forces people to shout which makes it even more noisy.

5 stars for food… 0 stars for volume

In our networking and dining etiquette seminars, we now have added a new tip and criteria for choosing a good restaurant for business dining; the noise level.

Are we just too old school?

Is it just because we’re getting older?  No, volume of music is on the rise in restaurants. Faster paced music is believed to make you eat faster and consume more alcohol.

The customer may not be part of the equation

Music level and type is often chosen for the staff’s comfort and not necessarily, with you, the patron in mind.

Keeping it down

A recent Canadian Sunday Edition radio show did a documentary called Keeping it Down – Loud Music in Restaurants, click here to listen to the ear opening 15 min audio program.

Canadian corporate image consultants offer tips for too loud music in noisy restaurants for business meals cards, VancouverFight Back

They interviewed Hans Schmidt from Vancouver who started the Right to Quiet Society has developed some special business style cards that might be of help. One card reinforces good behavior and the other makes clear your reason for taking your business elsewhere.

Carrot and stick

We believe in voting with our pocket book and avoiding restaurants where we can’t converse. These cards let the owner/manager know why you may or may not come back. Terry and I haven’t used them yet, but we might start. The managers can read your complaint… even if they can’t hear them.

Canadian corporate image consultants offer tips for too loud music in noisy restaurants for business meals cards - VancouverHere is a link to Quiet.org where you can download and print their noise suggestion cards.

http://www.quiet.org/print.htm

Their website also lists quiet places to eat and stay (don’t get us started on noisy hotels). Have you ever left a restaurant because of acoustics. What are your thoughts or tips?

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Posted by Joanne Blake – Canadian corporate image consultant and quiet dining aficionado

About the Author

JOANNE BLAKE Canadian speaker, corporate image consultant & business etiquette expert. If you're interested in booking a presentation, keynote or coaching, contact me. Based in Calgary / Edmonton, Alberta in western Canada.

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