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Are you the kind of person that can do it all? Forget chewing gum and walking, you can put out a fire in the kitchen and chat with a hot-headed guest all while coaching a new server.

If so, you’re in the right place. If you want to become a restaurant manager, you’re always on your toes and always ready to tackle any problem, no matter how outlandish it seems.

I mean, if you become a restaurant manager, every day is basically like Liam Neeson in THAT scene from the movie Taken.

“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don’t have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career.”

But what are the top 5 of these skills Mr. Neeson speaks of? Well, if you want to become a restaurant manager here’s what you need to know:

1. You’ve got to know how to hire good people.

Many of you would agree that your staff is your most important asset. All restaurant operations stem from the people working there. Picture your staff like the engine of your car. It is the most vital part of your car, and without it, you…well….couldn’t drive. Just as you rely on that car to get you from point A to point B, you need your staff to do the same. You will never become a restaurant manager that can do and see everything, but your staff can. Hire good ones and treat them well. It matters.

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2. Be able to manage cash flows properly

You are passionate about your product. Your food. But in order to get to fill guests up with the best food in America, you need some Benjamins. Managing your cash flows properly is the key to restaurant success. If you become a restaurant manager and this is done incorrectly, you put your business at great financial risk. About 30% of restaurants do not make it past the first year, you don’t want to become a restaurant manager and be a part of this negative stat.

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3. Manage your restaurant based on guest expectations

Management differs completely depending on the type of restaurant, the size of staff, and target guest. So what do your guests want? When you become a good restaurant manager, you focus your strategy around your guest’s wants. To create the best guest experience we can break it down into the trifecta: Hospitality, Food, and Marketing. And how does this relate to you wanting to become a restaurant manager? Well, you want to be able to create an environment that clearly explains your mission, from the wallpaper in your dining room to the way your servers speak to your guests. These combined make up your secret sauce, also known as YOUR BRAND!

4. Be tech savvy.

Remember that stat we brought up about 30% of restaurants failing in the first year? Well, you don’t want to be part of that group, and neither do I. One way to get ahead of this is to invest in technology for your restaurant. In fact, 80% of restaurants are turning to technology to learn more about their business and streamline operations. Understanding the world of restaurant analytics and the future of the restaurant industry is one of the most important things to consider if you want to become a restaurant manager.

5. Be able to calm down angry guests, even on a Friday at 7:00

When you become a restaurant manager, your guests are the reason that you get to do what you love every day. Feeding their hunger is what keeps your lights on. Guests praise you. Guests thank you, and guests also complain about you. The question is, how do you manage these complaints? It’s tough. No one wants to get a complaint. You love your restaurant. You love your crew. But as you know, getting complaints are inevitable and honestly crucial to the success of your restaurant. We like to think of them as feedback, and as a learning lesson.

You know better than anyone just what goes into running a restaurant. You thrive in an environment that is fast paced, ever-changing, and different every day. You work day in, and day out to ensure that the best experience is served to your guests. From the product to the environment, to managing inventory, cleaning… oh, and managing a world-class staff.

For more information on becoming a restaurant manager, check out this guide.

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