Is the client the host?And who pays for dinner?

A client calls to say that he's in town (on other business). He suggests that we meet for dinner and asks me to make the arrangements. Is he assumed to be the host because he suggested the dinner or am I assumed to be the host because he is a visitor in my town and I made the arrangements? And who should pay for dinner?
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Tiras25Commented:
What's the biz?
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aleghartCommented:
Depends on the relationship first.  If the client is your elder, and you had a personal relationship (which included free dinner) before your business one...it's your call.  Definitely assume the role of host, but do not fight too hard if he/she insists on paying for dinner or going Dutch.  Your prior relationship allows you to accept the generosity.

Always assume you're the host.  No matter what.  That way, you'll be pleasantly surprised if anyone actually does offer to treat you.  Makes it easy that way.

Also, even if it's dear old grandma (for whom you're now provisioning several cloud slices to host her interactive recipe book)...play the host.  At the very least, she'll be tickled pink that litlle Sperry7 is all grown up.

If you host, you'll definitely get some respect for it.  Although, there is no disrespect for being the guest.

As for reading the client...by having you make arrangements, you're in control of how big the bill can get.  $20/plate or $75 steak with a couple of hundred dollars in wine?  If you're the host, make sure you choose a level of entertainment you can afford.
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sperry7Author Commented:
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Tiras25Commented:
You always buy meals for your client.

They already paid for it when they paid you. You NEVER let a client pay for anything.

Unless you're an attorney, of course. Then you let the client pay, and you bill them for the time you spent eating with them.
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