Confidence In A Waitress

Many people might not realize it but you have to be a confident person to be a waitress. When I started working my Junior year in High School at The Grill the people terrified me! I was scared to take their order and I barely would go out there to check on them! Now that does not sound like a good waitress to me. I learned real fast that you have to get over being shy. People expect their waitress to go check on them and make them feel comfortable. After I stopped hiding in the back for the customers to leave I started to love going to work! Most of the people who came in to eat are locals so it was not that scary. They are people I’ve known my entire life. Then the more I started working the more confidence I got in myself. The main thing I noticed was that I was making more in tips! I mean if that is not a confidence boost I do not know what is! Towards the end of April is when more out-of-town people started coming in. (By out-of-town people I mean people from outside of Holt County.) The weather was starting to get nice outside and people were starting to come visit their family they had in Oregon and the surrounding areas. That is when I started to get nerves again. I had no idea who these people were and I thought they were judging my every move. Then it hit me. Yes, they are going to judge me by if I am a good waitress. They are not going to sit there and watch everything I do! I am not that important in their life for them to care! In a way I gained more confidence by realizing that the customers are not there to judge me. Luckily that is a lesson that has helped me outside of the work place. Now I am comfortable talking to people I’ve never met anywhere I go!

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