When I was a bartender, I learned a lot of things about people, life, psychology, music, men, drunks, breaking up fights, mixing drinks and community. My ten years as a bartender at Mr. Eagan's in DC's Dupont Circle neighborhood really paid off because it has helped me in real estate. Here are just a few of the things I learned:
- Greet everyone with a smile.
- Give your clients what they want, if you can.
- Never date a customer or client.
- Always get paid in full.
- Some people will never trust you and there are some you shouldn't trust.
- You don't have to serve anyone you don't want to serve.
- Set boundaries.
- Be clear in what you say and do.
- Never get drunk with your customers or clients.
- It's good to be single. (real estate can be hard on a relationship and family)
- Listening is very important.
- Tell people what you really think.
- If someone is late or doesn't show up, check on them.
- Know when to buy a client a drink.
- Stay up on the latest trends.
- Negotiating with drunks is harder than negotiating with agents/buyers/sellers.
- It's good to be a regular.
- Your boss knows a lot that you can learn if you want to do so.
- Treat your customers' and clients' friends as well as you treat them.
- Always say thank you.
I'm sure there are dozens more. If you were a bartender, please add to the list in the comments below.
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