Server Speak: What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned serving the general public?
By Iris Page
Years in the industry: 5 months
Just learning to be kind—especially when
people are starting their day. You never know
where people are at.
Years in the industry: 4
You learn a lot about communication with
coworkers and customers, you know, learning
how and what to say in particular situations.
Years in the industry: 2
Gardens of Salonica
It has been vital for me to learn how to keep
my cool in stressful situations, and that has
become one of my greatest assets. Every time I feel stressed out, I take a couple deep breaths and move
on from there. It’s not really a mantra of any kind,
and there really isn’t any secret to eradicating stress.
For me, I’ve learned to just kind of turn it off.
Applying that to my everyday life has really helped
steer interactions in a better direction.
Years in the industry: 16
I guess … you never know who you’re going to
meet. I regularly waited on a lady who was 90
years old. She used to pinch my cheek and say,
‘If I was 70 years younger …’ She died recently
but she impacted my life greatly. Yeah, I guess
you never know who you’re going to meet, who
will have an impact on you and who you will have
an impact on.
Years in the industry: 6
Conversation skills and learning how to talk to
people from all walks of life.
New to Server Speak, Iris Page joined the FSN contributor team in March. When she’s not posing thoughtful, amusing and/or clever questions to our state’s exceptional restaurant workers, Iris works as the onsite event manager at Day Block Event Center in Minneapolis. She also holds three titles—executive directory, producer, performer—at Sheep Theater, creating works for local theaters.