How To Make More Tips - Tip #1 Standout From The Crowd

Give people a reason to choose to be served by you. Hopefully, a whole bunch of reasons! 

Do You Want To Make More Money in Tips Than You Ever Have Before? If nothing changes, then nothing changes.
Go out of your way to create a better overall guest experience by creating a friendly and caring connection with every one of your guests.
We want you to really take ownership and responsibility for your contribution to their experience.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment, take chances, make mistakes, learn how to deal with your mistakes.
- Keep your mind open to new & crazy ideas and add your own twist to them.
- Become the bartender and person that you want to be.
- Don’t just follow the lead from a burned out co-worker who doesn’t really care anymore.
- Don’t be afraid to care enough to think about how to be better. At anything & everything you do.

Are you sitting down? Get a blank piece of paper and a pen.
I want you to think about all the bartenders that you’ve ever seen and I want you to make a list of all the things that you have seen them do or say that you think is bad.
Actually, a good field trip is to go out one night to a few different bars and sit at the bar as close to their “ice well” (where they actually make the drinks) as you can. This way, you can observe them and listen to what they say to their guests and more importantly, how they say it.

Look for things that most bartenders do badly or not at all.
That is your first step to standing out from the crowd. Once you have a list of these things you can focus on them and make sure that you make an extra special effort and you excel at them.
Here are a few a few things to start out with:
·      Serving Water to Customers
·      Handling Problem Situations That Customers Bring to Your Attention
·      Being Fast and Efficient When it’s Busy
When you have your list (and as you go through this course) I want you to keep an open mind and ask yourself this question for each of the 199 suggestions and ideas.
How Many Other Bartenders Do This?
If the answer is “Not very many, not very well or not very often…”
then you have an opportunity to really stand out from the crowd and make a great impression…
Acting on that suggestion will increases your odds that you’ll get a tip,
get a bigger tip, and get tipped more often!
That is what this course is all about: Increasing your odds or chances to make more money. That is what I have consciously tried to do every time I step behind the bar.
A long time ago, my mom taught me this…
“You can’t do everything… But…
Have you done everything that you CAN do?"
That one thing really “clicked” with me and
I ask myself that question every day, usually a bunch of times.
Because it makes me focus on what’s important:
The things that I CAN do. The things that I CAN control.
Time Well Spent? Or Time Wasted?
Without getting into religious or philosophical issues, let’s assume for the moment that we have only one life to live. No one knows how long we will live so let’s “assume” that we want to make the most out of whatever time we have.
I want to make enough money to support myself and my family and have a good life. I have chosen bartending as my job/career. If I have an eight hour shift then my goal is to make the most money I can in that time.
*** The 6% Rule
I added another question/concept to my daily lifetime plan and I call it my 6% rule. I teach it to all my students at our staff training seminars.
Whenever I’m considering doing something new, like you will be as you go through this course, I try to "step back” and see the “big picture”.
I try my best to keep an open mind and erase any pre-conceived opinions.
Just because you or someone else has been doing something a certain way for a month, a year or a lifetime... doesn’t mean that it’s the only way to do it or that it’s the best way.
Lots of people get very “stuck” on one way to do things and that makes it very hard for them to improve, which is always my goal.
So, I ask myself, “If I do this a new way, will it increase my chances of success? Even a tiny little bit? Even 6%?”
I don’t know where I came up with that number, but I guess it just helps me figure out difficult questions that may not have any direct evidence to prove one way or another.
I find a lot of things in life are like this so I just have to keep an open mind and really listen to and consider the new idea and then make my best guess.
Here’s an easy example
Question: If I smile more when I’m bartending, will that help me get more tips? Even for 6% of the people I serve? Will 6 people out of 100 tip me more, if I smile more often?
Answer: Absolutely it will. Six people out of a hundred? That’s a no brainer. Yes, yes, yes!

Conclusion: It’s worth my time to really make an effort at smiling more. It’s “Time Well Spent”.
Action: I will make a conscious effort to smile more.
Final Outcome: I will probably make more money in tips. :)

That’s how I evaluate adding something to my game plan or strategy or blueprint to how I’m going to act or deal with something.

Does that make sense? It does to me and that’s how I approach things.

What Are your thoughts or suggestions on how to make more tips?

“If you always do what you’ve always done,
you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”
-Ed Foreman

Scott Young -
Author of eBook - 199 Ways To Increase Your Tips  
Only $9.99 ( Over 300 Pages )

Founder of
( We Fly To Your Bar To Train Your Staff, 20 Years, Creator of 25 Bar Tender DVD's )



Great Tip Stories - What’s The Best Gratuity You’ve Ever Gotten?

What’s The Best Thing A Customer Has Ever Done For You?
What's the best tipping story that you've ever heard of?

In my experience, great Tips aren’t always cash.

I've been very fortunate over the years with a lot of great tips but the ones I remember the best weren’t always money.

I’ll start...
I like hockey and I am a huge fan of Wayne Gretzky, who isn’t? He is the best player in the history of the game.
I worked at the busiest nightclub in Vancouver where all the players would come after games.

I ended up being friends with a lot of great players. Peter Nedved was a rookie playing for Vancouver and would bring his mom in, very cool actually.

Anyway, he was as big a fan of Gretzky as I was and he gave me 2 front row tickets to see Gretzky play. Amazing night.

Seeing the greatest player in the history of the game from that close where you could hear them talking to each other was a night I will never forget.

Eventually, Wayne came into the bar when I was working and I got to serve him, but that’s another story :)

Another time, a great customer was a top security guy at the stadium where all the concerts were held.
My awesome regular customer knew I had average tickets to see Aerosmith on my birthday.
He told me to meet him at a certain place and he took me, and an exceptionally impressed young lady, all the way to front row center.

It was the floor and everyone was out of their seats and standing and he just moved people, everyone, out of the way for us until we were at the front.

He was like a snow plow. WOW. What a difference being that close.

Ok, now it’s your turn. Tell us about your stories.

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Thank You :)

Scott Young -
Author of eBook - 199 Ways To Increase Your Tips  
Only $9.99 ( Over 300 Pages )

Founder of
( We Fly To Your Bar To Train Your Staff, 20 Years, Creator of 25 Bar Tender DVD's )



How Much Do Bartenders Make?

How much do bartenders make? Bartenders Mike Guthrie & Micah Hand show you :) Augusta, Georgia, USA.

How much do bartenders make? Bartenders Mike Guthrie & Micah Hand show you :)
Augusta, Georgia, USA.

A: The questions that many want to know is, how much do bartenders make? If I get a bar job will I make a bartender salary?

A bartender salary only happens when you take on management duties as well and you may make less money. It's all about the tips. You can make anywhere from $20 per shift plus your hourly wage to $100 - $200 per shift.
It can go even as high as $400 - $500 or more and everywhere in between.

What I can Promise you is that if you buy a subscription to our massive Digital Training Library ( We give you a 14 Day Free Trial ),
and you actually use what we teach you, You will definitely make more money.

Seriously, $14.95 per month is nothing as a bartender.
There are a lot of ways to make that… 3 people tip you $5.
15 people tip you $1. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind
that you will make your money back tenfold and more.

“Do what you do so well that they will
Want to see it again and bring their friends.”
Walt Disney

Like most industries, the better you are at what you do,
the more choices & opportunities you'll have.
But, there are many factors involved.
- Are you a bar back, bar porter or the bartender?
- What bar job venue do you work at?
- What type of bar/venue it is.
- How good is the location of your bar?

- What days or nights you work as a bartender
- How busy/popular your bar is.
- Which pouring station or well you are given?
- What other bartender/s you work with if you split tips?

- Are you a mostly serving waitresses bartender
  or a serving the guests directly bartender?

- How do you compare to the other bartenders in your city?
- How do you compare with the other bartenders in your own bar?
** And maybe the most important one….
- What level of skill, attitude & motivation YOU have.

It’s easy to say that the bartender who makes the most is the one who works a really busy sat night shift. And that’s usually true.
However, I have known lot’s of highly skilled bartenders who worked medium & even slow nights or days that, because of their overall excellence, made a whole bunch of money.

Or, that bartender started on the slower shifts and built them up because people wanted to come back and be served by them.

So, how much do bartenders make? A lot more in tips than on a bartender salary, and a lot more if you pick up a bartender book or 2 to continue learning.

What are your thought on this subject?

Do You Agree?
Do You Dis-Agree?
Do You Have Any Stories?

Post Your Comments Below.

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Scott Young
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