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You want to know how to increase your tips as a waiter? Have a read at the following and let us know in the comments if it worked for you, as it did for hundreds of professionals:
Be friendly and personable
Nobody wants to be attended to by a robot, so let your personality shine through. Smile, make eye contact, and engage with them in a friendly manner. Customers are more likely to leave a larger tip if they feel like they had a positive experience with their waiter.
Know your stuff
Take the time to learn the menu inside and out to be able to answer any questions that come your way. Customers appreciate that and also the ability to make recommendations/suggestions.
Be attentive and responsive
Customers appreciate a waiter who is attentive to their needs and quickly responsive. Keep an eye on their table, refill drinks before they’re empty, and make sure their food is hot and tasty.
Pay attention to details
A little bit of extra effort goes a long way. Pay attention to things like refilling drinks, clearing empty plates, keeping the table clean and tidy, bringing extra napkins without being asked, and always say “please” and “thank you.”
Suggest something delicious
If a customer can’t decide what to order, suggest something that you think they’ll love. Just don’t be too pushy – nobody likes a hard sell.
Remember your regulars
If you have regular customers, make an effort to remember their names, usual orders and any special requests they may have. Customers appreciate when a waiter takes the time to make them feel valued and remembered.
Be professional… and get tips!
No matter how difficult or rude a customer may be, always stay calm and polite. You’re representing the restaurant, after all.
If you apply these rules everyday, you will surely get more tips… but you may also obtain a salary raise as well!