TGIFriday’s was my first real job. And I had to talk my way into it. I was working as a hostess trying to get into waiting tables, because anyone knows that’s where the real money is. I went to my interview and said I would prove what a great server I could be. I know I didn’t have any experience, but give me a chance. Nine months later I was realizing what a great server I wasn’t. But, you know what got me by? Being nice. I was never given the best shifts. Those are reserved for the bulldogs. Servers that bark orders in the kitchen and don’t take NO for an answer. And if you don’t tip them well, um. Look out. I was given the parties 12 or more. I was given the tables with the messiest kids. The shifts that were a bit on the slow side and known for difficult customers. Because I was nice.
My managers could count on me to give the best customers service. But over the years, I turned those crappy shifts waiting tables into a strength. Not everyone finds it easy to be nice. But, nice is my specialty. I may not be ferocious and I may not always end up on top, but a lot can be said for nice.
Figure out what your strengths are. Maybe you are ferocious and strong. Maybe you know how to take the bull by the horns and get things done. Or maybe your a mouse like me and you have oodles of patience. Things don’t bother you and it’s just easy to be kind. Whatever it is, play to it. Make it your trademark and figure out how to make it work for you.
Here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to lately with my mini-sessions around Long Beach and Orange County. And a big thanks to Stephanie who assisted me. Hope you enjoy seeing the finished product!