Monday Musing: Are you as effective as your server at a good restaurant?

Reblogger Barbara Todaro
Services for Real Estate Pros with RE/MAX Executive Realty 104763

Ah.... the secret to success.....

Original content by John Henry

A few friends and I have been frequenting a breakfast place here in Winter Park, Keke's.  And we just figured out why this restaurant is most appealing!

We were remarking at how well oiled this place was.  And it wasn't centered on the food quality at all.

  1. We are greeted and immediately seated.
  2. Before even the menus come out a very amicable person asks what we want to drink.
  3. The server greets us shortly and is fluid, immediately picks up on my lousy jokes, and attends us perfectly.
  4. The order is taken and nothing comes back that we didn't order.
  5. I would place the food quality as a B rating.
  6. The manager walks around the tables and inquires if everything is going well.
  7. A second server delivers our order promptly.
  8. The first server comes by and asks if everything came out correctly.
  9. She promptly refills with HOT coffee, water, whatever.
  10. The entire SERVICE experience is outstanding.  The food quality is nice, not tops, but we want to go back despite the fact that our favorite spot may taste better but we like the people here so much we want to come back.
  11. Oh, the air conditioning is nice and cool, the restrooms stay clean, the parking is adequate, etc.

So what does this have to do with real estate or anything??
It has EVERYTHING to do with a business of any kind.

You may not have the best or most perfect product or service but HOW you deliver it, your ATTITUDE and PROFESSIONALISM, your ATTENTION TO DETAIL, your FOLLOWUP... all matter greatly to the consumer.  You are DELIVERING what was asked but doing it in a most GRACIOUS and TIMELY matter. 

If your customers or clients FEEL SPECIAL, then they will come back.  If they feel they were TREATED VERY WELL, they will return.

It's not always about the steak.  It's a heckuva lot about the sizzle...

If you can deliver what you advertised and promised in a way that puts a smile of satisfaction on your client, then you have won the battle.


Yup, and I'm an architect and it has taken me 35 years to figure this out!

I haven't blogged a thing in over three or four weeks, so folks, this is IT until another Real Life Brainstorm hits!

(BTW: the first item I ordered a few days ago looked just like the photo at top.  It is three HUGE buttermilk pancakes with antioxidant fruit toppings.  You can order this with just one pancake, I found out later...)

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Barbara. The quality of service trumps the product. Just do it! Enjoy your day!

Jul 09, 2019 04:15 AM #1
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I agree with John Henry - "If your customers or clients FEEL SPECIAL, then they will come back.  If they feel they were TREATED VERY WELL, they will return."

Jul 09, 2019 04:53 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Barbara... a great selection for a reblog. Attention to detail, caring about one's clients, being courteous and professional... all lead to success. And if you do pay attention to detail and do what needs doing the end product (in our business, at least) does not have to play second fiddle. 

Jul 09, 2019 05:33 AM #3
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Wow, John Henry really outdid himself this time. Thank you for sharing his blog with us Barbara Todaro 

Jul 09, 2019 06:33 AM #4
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Barbara John Henry did a great comparison  of what it takes to make a restaurant great and what we can do to make our clients remember us.


Jul 09, 2019 07:35 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Barbara, for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

Jul 09, 2019 08:10 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Barbara - we call that a great guest experience or wowing the guest.  We must all do this and our attitude will determine how well we do.

Jul 09, 2019 11:44 AM #7
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Creating a WOW experience is something that every agent should work toward at every contact point.

Jul 11, 2019 03:15 AM #8
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Thanks, everyone, for your comments....they're always appreciated....

Jul 11, 2019 12:24 PM #9
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