Blog #100 : A Baker’s Dozen of Reflections – What our Guests Should Mean to Us | And a Competition!

A Baker’s Dozen of Reflections –

What our Guests Should Mean to Us | And a Competition!

Many of us have heard variations of the expressions below, but I have discovered that too few hospitality organizations really have made these sentiments part of their corporate culture of hospitality.

  1. Guests are the most essential people in our business. This does not lessen the role of our associates, but we are in hospitality to meet and exceed their needs.
  2. Guests are people, flesh and blood human beings with unique perspectives and preferences; they are not merely statistics to be measured.
  3. Guests bring us their wants; we have the opportunity to fulfill them.
  4. Guests do not depend on us, we depend on them.
  5. Guests never interrupt our work, they are our work.
  6. Guests do us a favor when they call; we don’t do them a favor by answering them.
  7. Guests are a central part of our business, not strangers who come to distract us.
  8. Guests are not to be argued with.
  9. Guests deserve courteous attention, as courtesy should be the heart of hospitality.
  10. Guests are lifeblood of this and every other hospitality business.
  11. Guests are who we are when we are not working; so let’s let treat them the way we want to be treated ourselves.
  12. Guests give each of us as individuals the opportunity to serve as hosts and to be involved in one of the world’s most wonderful businesses in whatever role we decide and find we are suited.
  13. I have left #13 to be completed by readers: Guests …………………………………….. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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