There are a lot of advantages to breakfast meetings. To begin with, they happen at the beginning of the day, when people are – at least in theory – fresh and ready to get things done. The early hour also helps minimize last-minute cancellations because “something came up” or another meeting ran over. And while lunch meetings can last for two or even three hours (depending on the crowd and the topic), breakfast meetings tend to be more contained and rarely continue beyond the allotted time.
On top of all those benefits, breakfast meetings also come with, well, breakfast. While many people hail breakfast as the most important meal of the day, others simply say it’s their favorite. In fact, a 2019 poll by OnePoll, which surveyed 2,000 Americans, found that 69% of respondents enjoy eating breakfast for dinner.
Combining the business perks of a breakfast meeting with great breakfast catering delivers a real win-win that helps everyone start their day off right.
Breakfast Meeting Best Practices — Tips to Rock Your Morning Meeting
The rules for running a great breakfast meeting aren’t that different from running a meeting at any other time of day, with a few exceptions.
Give People a Heads Up
Last-minute meeting requests in the middle of the day are bad enough, but a last-minute request for a meeting first thing is often impossible to accommodate. Avoid no-shows by giving your team a few days’ warning before scheduling your get together.
Get Your Timing Right
Too early can make people cranky. Too late can push into early lunchtimes. The perfect start time for a breakfast meeting is usually—depending on when your team starts their typical day—between 8:30 and 9:30.
Have an Agenda and Stick to It
You’ve asked people to give you the first hour of their day, so make it worth their while. Know what you want to accomplish, and have a plan to accomplish it. Breakfast meetings can derail quickly if you let things devolve into early morning water cooler chatter. Give people a minute to settle in, but then get everyone on task.
The Breakfast Catering Menu — Oh, the Possibilities!
Part of the beauty of breakfast is the wide variety of menu options. From the simple box of pastries to the classic breakfast sandwich to healthy fruit and yogurt to the breakfast burrito, there really is something for everyone.
Here are just a few ideas to whet your appetite:
- Bagels — There’s hardly anything as classic as a bagel for breakfast, but you can spice things up with unique flavors and spreads (maybe even some lox). Or, you might go for a breakfast sandwich on a bagel, always a crowd pleaser.
- Breakfast Burritos — Speaking of crowd pleasers, almost everyone loves a breakfast burrito. Bonus: they are self contained and easy to handle.
- The Breakfast Box — Just like boxed lunches, boxed breakfasts package an entire meal into one, single-serve box. Try a veggie egg scramble with home fries or go all out with a combo box featuring fried eggs, bacon, and French toast sticks.
- Acai Bowls — Slide on over to the healthy side with hearty bowls packed with fiber-filled grains, fresh fruit, granola, and even cacao chips.
- Waffles or Pancakes — There’s a reason why there are entire restaurant chains built around these breakfast staples. People love them! Served with syrup, fruit, or whip cream, these options almost feel like dessert for breakfast.
- Fruit Salad — A beautifully curated and prepared fruit salad is a great way to start anyone’s day. It has color, flavor, and all those good-for-you vitamins.
And, of course, we cannot forget the coffee (and other beverages, but mostly the coffee). For a lot of people, coffee is the main reason to get out of bed. Make sure to order enough to allow for second cups all around, just in case. You want to keep your team alert and energized, after all.
As an added convenience (and important safety measure while we’re still battling COVID), many breakfast catering choices come as individually packaged servings. This makes it easy to keep your employees safe and healthy while still providing a great breakfast catering experience. It also makes it easy to know how much to order since each person will get their own meal.
Make Your Next Meeting a Breakfast Meeting
The breakfast meeting really does have a lot of upside. From capturing people’s attention first thing in the morning to giving you an excuse to order some truly delicious food, it’s no surprise that more people are taking advantage of the chance to meet up first thing in the morning.
If you’re ready to feed your first breakfast meeting, we’ve got you covered. Check out all the breakfast catering options near you, and make your next breakfast meeting the talk of the office!