"A memorable night doesn’t start when the guests sit down; it starts when they walk in the door."
How will you create a memorable gathering? With tasty food, cold drinks, great music and an inviting atmosphere, of course. But there is more to making the event a success: how you greet your guests when they walk through the door and how you treat them throughout the evening.
The perfect host is a confident one. Before your guests even arrive, tap into your confidence. Having an air of confidence will make them feel at ease instantly. Also, it’s important to greet them with the simple gestures of eye contact and a warm, welcoming smile....perhaps a hug or a handshake, too. It’s your initial words, your positive attitude and friendly, confident demeanor that will dictate how the evening flows. And when your guests are at ease, they can spend the next few hours enjoying what matters most: the experience.
A smart host knows that their guests should always be the center of attention. Be the catalyst for conversation and always keep the focus on them. Remember, everyone is here to have fun.
That’s how to Host Beautifully.
ROBERT SPECTOR is a Seattle based best-selling author, international speaker and co-founder of his eponymous consulting company, which works with companies to create superior customer experiences. He is the author of The Nordstrom Way: The Inside Story of America’s Number One Customer Service Company, Amazon.com: Get Big Fast, and The Mom & Pop Store.
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