I have always said that working as a server (it was called waitressing back then) was one of the best learning experiences of my life because it taught me important skills that I use in my job every day.
Serving was a desirable job in my youth because you had the opportunity to make money instantly by earning tips. But little did I know that slinging hash would set me up for success all these years later. Below are some of the ways waiting tables made me a great consultant.
Getting slammed. This is restaurant lingo for having multiple tables sat in your section at once. It’s never ideal, but when it happens, you must jump into action and take care of every party with a smile. This taught me tremendous project management skills, including stress management and prioritization. The funny thing is, I still have nightmares about being slammed to this day.
Recovering from mistakes.