A reminder to us all from HospitalityEducators.com: PAY IT FORWARD all year! Reflections – People Who Make A Difference

As hoteliers and restaurateurs, we are involved in our communities as service providers, active citizens, employers, tax payers, and more.

Hotels are open 24/7, 365 days per year.   Most restaurants (in hotels or freestanding) usually serve at least 2 meals per day and are open on most holidays and days when other businesses may have the opportunity to allow their staff family time.

The title of this blog is PAY IT FORWARD all year!     As active members of the hospitality industry, many of us participate in a number of community goodwill services.   We share quality but unsold prepared food with food banks and shelters.  We recycle our linens to charities that find people who can use them.   Rather than make a little change, we will donate the furniture that has been replaced during renovations to a range of services that uses them productively.   We and our staff volunteer in our community.

The end of the year holidays always generate news stories and this year is no different.

This short article is not political and there is no hidden message in it.

2014 has not been a good year for law enforcement officers, as noted in this 2 minute CBS Sunday morning report from 12/14.   The following video shares a variation on a theme we have heard for years- Secret Santa – and how it represented a way for a sampling of the overwhelming numbers of good officers who are never in the news to help share.

The message is self explanatory and the need is year round.    We encourage everyone in hospitality to continue what you already do and see if you can expand it by 10% in 2015.

If you are just getting started, see what your own staff and local local community needs and act accordingly.

The message is not about Santa or just giving money – the intent of this anonymous donor is to get everyone reaching out and talking again with each other.


Kathleen Hogan Ireland Sept 2013John Hogan Sept 2013DSCN0215Dr. John Hogan CHA CMHS CHE CHO and Kathleen Hogan MBA CHO are the co-founders of  HospitalityEducators.com, which was created in 2010 to be a resource for hotel owners and professionals as they sought to improve market share, occupancy, operational efficiency and profitability.  The husband and wife team are transitioning the original membership site concept and evolving the business model today to a focused resource offering consulting, training, and individualized support to both hospitality and other service businesses.   Services include keynote addresses workshops, online support, metrics measurement, marketing and customer service from a group of more than a dozen experienced professionals.   While continuing to serve hospitality, the demand for these types of services is growing and can be personalized.

John Hogan is also the principal of HoganHospitality.com, which provides a range of expert professional services for hotel owners, including professional development for organizations, training, consulting and expert witness services.

Contact information:  Kathleen Hogan  480-436-0283, John Hogan 602-799-5375 or  service@hospitalityeducators.com

Recommended Reading from HospitalityEducators.com| The Customer Rules: The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service

The Customer Rules: The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service
The Customer Rules: The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service
by Lee Cockerell

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy-to-follow guidelines,
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The author of this book has been responsible in his career for the customer service at one of the world’s best known service delivery companies -DisneyWorld. He was responsible for 40,000 people in hotels, theme parks, shopping, entertainment and sports centers.

Disney’s often been used as a training center for leadership and guest service and Lee Cockerell’s book on delivering sensational service is right on.

There are 39 chapters or rules in this 179 page book and they are all direct, common sense in approach in logical.

The introduction states simply “be nice”. He says this means being friendly, polite, pleasant, considerate and skilled. He cautions that rules and procedures will not work if you do not have the right people doing the right job. This is more common sense, but we have discovered in so many businesses that common sense is relatively unknown.

Examples of rules include:
Number 1 – customer service is not a department
Number 4 – do not get bored with the basics
Number 12- rehearse, rehearse, rehearse
Number 17- listen up
Number 24- do not make promises, make guarantees
Number 38- keep doing a better

The other 33 are just as direct and understandable, yet they need to be understood.

I have been in the hospitality industry my entire career and I find this a logical, easy-to-follow set of guidelines for anyone providing service to others.

Highly recommended!

Dr. John Hogan CHA CHE CHO
Hogan Hospitality

Success does not come by accident or chance.

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KEYS TO SUCCESS  is the umbrella title for my ongoing programs, hospitality services and columns. This year’s writings focus on a variety of topics for hotel owners, managers and professionals including both my “HOW TO” articles, HOSPITALITY CONVERSATIONS™, Lessons from the Field™, Hotel Common Sense™ , THE P-A-R PRINCIPLE™  and Principles for Success.

Feel free to share an idea for a column at john.hogan@hospitalityeducators.com   anytime or contact me regarding consulting, customized workshops, speaking engagements … And remember – we all need a regular dose of common sense,


John Hogan is a successful hospitality executive, educator, author and consultant and is a frequent keynote speaker and seminar leader at many hospitality industry events. He is CEO and Co-Founder of www.HospitalityEducators.com , which delivers focused and affordable counsel in solving specific challenges facing hospitality today.
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