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New month

It’s a new month, which means that you should work up a goal for the month. Whether it be learning five new mixed drinks, or learning the exact flavor profiles of 5 wines on your list, or reducing the number of ringing errors, anything you focus on during the month will help you improve as a waiter.

Imagine how much better you’ll be after a year of polishing your craft. 12 areas of focus? Not only doable, but practical as well.

So, start thinking of one area in which you’d like to improve and get to it.


5 responses to “New month

  1. waiterextraordinaire October 1, 2009 at 9:22 am

    My goal is to make enough money this month to get that washer and dryer we need. Our’s is going faulty. So I have to make good money this month.

  2. teleburst October 1, 2009 at 9:42 am

    That’s a good goal.

  3. PurpleGirl October 2, 2009 at 5:23 am

    My goal is just to pay my rent this month! To that end, I want to work on my suggestive selling. Often I get lazy and don’t suggest everything I could, since it seems few people tip on percentage anyway–they just pick a number. But I should upsell so I can get the money out of the people who DO ti on percetange.

    • teleburst October 2, 2009 at 8:13 am

      Then your *real* goal for this month is really upselling, not making your rent.

      You should review this post:

      I think the most important thing to remember is that you should never sell just a gin and tonic without mentioning call brands. You should automatically ask “Bombay, Bombay Sapphire or “. You should never sell a margerita without asking if they want it top shelf, or at least ask if they want Cuervo (assuming that it’s not your well brand). And when they say something like Jack and Coke, you should still ask about Gentleman Jack or Single Barrel Jack if you have them. These responses should become automatic and *will* if you keep at it.

      Review you call brands and have them on the tip of your tongue.

      Good luck!

  4. waiterextraordinaire October 2, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Upsell upsell. Add ons and keep making sure they have a drink to drink. That’s it.

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