What would you do to compete if you ran a casino hotel in famous Las Vegas? What would you do to open a restaurant and what strategies would you use to increase sales in the restaurant? Yes, we can all name the mega-brand hotels on the famous strip, but how could you make a splash if your operation was “Off” the strip? How could you capture the imagination of the public and get them in your door?
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One of the biggest challenges you face as an operator or manager is staffing and turnover. Its a tough labor market No Secret, but its all about your approach to finding great staff and keeping them.
The wrong approach is thinking “I need someone NOW.. I’ll just place an ad in the paper and hang a help-wanted sign on the door”. That’s just a recipe for disaster. More than likely you’ll find someone that’s a morale killer with bad habits there just for the paycheck. Today’s podcast gives you a better approach. Its all about finding, developing, recognizing and rewarding what I call your “A-Team”.
Use these nuggets of wisdom daily in your pre-shift meetings until they become routine conditioned behavior by your entire service team. Your staff will have more fun, team spirit will rise and more importantly your guests will tune in to what’s really special about your restaurant - A caring, personable staff that’s all about exemplary service.
Long ago, I learned “You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get”. Don’t be afraid to ask. Why? Because the most successful restaurants not only Sell a lot, they Save a lot! Its just smart business. Give this episode a listen for more money making and money saving ideas!
The interaction and relationships your restaurant creates between your staff and your customer is job 1 every table, every time. Listen to how your restaurant can apply this simple approach to daily pre-shift meetings and ultimately your restaurant’s culture of Hospitality. Practice F.A.C.E.S. with every new face and you’ll create an unstoppable brand and lines out the door.
This episode is all about customer Pet-Peeves. The most minute details affect the guest’s impressions of your operation and these impressions are lasting. They absolutely determine whether or not the guest returns. Take a listen to our discussion as we cover seventeen - that’s right 17 customer service pet peeves to banish forever in your restaurant.
Listen to this episode, then get your team together and discuss how you can add more “Magic” and more “WOW” to your operation that will build your business and make your cash register ring.
As rocking as your place may be, you can’t have too many profit centers! You may have Take-Out, possibly Delivery, even the Retail Store, but have you thought about the power of Catering? The beauty of catering is you can do it during non-busy times or even before your doors open for dinner service.
Nothing is more important than your restaurant’s hard-earned reputation. Here is a very powerful tool that will automatically capture your restaurant’s positive reviews and post them to the major online review sites and social media platforms. You’ve got 1000 other details to think about in your restaurant, it only makes sense to build systems into your business across your restaurant.
I had the opportunity to dine out in two very different restaurants last week and the service varied dramatically. You might be surprised by my experiences. Listen as I walk you through the nuances of each experience, picture the customer expectation and you’ll see what I mean by Paramount!
Today’s guest Mr. Jim Palmer is a multi-faceted entrepreneur, as well as a marketing and business building expert. Despite tremendous life challenges, Jim has the philosophy of “Never Quit, Never Say Die”! Listen as he tells his story of hardship turned to victory. We can all be inspired, learn and apply these life lessons to our own business.
Listen as I interview Joel Montaniel, the head of SevenRooms.com who has developed a cutting-edge app that allows your restaurant, hotel or hospitality staff to treat every customer like your Most Important Customer. Now your operation has a powerful service and marketing tool to tap into powerful guest profiles from any device even from away, manage your reservation book, know in an instant your customer’s preferences and so much more. SevenRooms is also your database whether you have one location or multiple locations.
Lots of restaurants hire in a pinch for the wrong reasons with the wrong approach. I see want ads all the time for desperate restaurants seeking experienced people...
"Wanted Experienced Cook.. Experienced Server" - Why? Most of the time, these people usually don't work out - No wonder turnover is so high in the restaurant business.