â€œSubtlety is the art of saying what you think and getting out of the way before it is understood.â€ â€“Anonymous Â We as a society have really lost the power of subtlety.Â It could be because we have lost the patience to unravel it.Â We receive far more information on a daily basis than our […]
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The Lost Art Of Suggestive Selling
Making a Difference
The weekend is upon us.Â Friday and Saturday nights get busy and take a lot out of us.Â The pace is faster, the side stations are more crowded, and all of the saucers in the restaurant seem to hide.Â The guests do not seem to understand any of this and have far less patience.Â This […]
Set Schedules As A Manager
One of the most time consuming tasks a manager faces during the week is writing the server schedule.Â Hours can be spent digging up scraps of paper and consulting server availability just to get coverage for a particular shift. Â This is followed by the inevitable complaints from people who work too little or too much.Â […]
The Advantages of Set Schedules
Yesterday I discussed the disadvantages of having a set schedule.Â While I think I managed to make some valid points, it was sort of hollow.Â The primary reason I am still at my current job is because of my schedule.Â It took about two and a half years, but I managed to get my ideal […]
When I started my first serving job years ago I worked for a company I will affectionately refer to as â€œFive Four.â€Â That isnâ€™t what it says on the signs out front, but it what we all called it.Â My first day a manager who introduced himself as â€œCSVâ€ told me that if I couldnâ€™t […]
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David Hayden was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He took his first serving job in 1996. Since that time, he has worked for over a dozen different restaurant companies. He has held both hourly and salaried positions at independent and corporate restaurants. He has waited on over 100,000 guests and trained hundreds of servers. He has been named "Best Server in Kansas City" the last three years by the local weekly paper.