Hello, My name is Eric Zimmermann. I am a DJ and Master of Ceremonies, Pianist, Band Leader and Host of Wedding & Event Podcast. I perform for parties and weddings in some of the most beautiful locations in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California.
Anyone could cram a lot of beautiful things into a room. I guess then you would then have a museum. But what contributes to an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome and has a good time?
It has been my pleasure to perform at some of the most prestigious private clubs throughout Southern California. These are stunningly beautiful locations steeped in tradition. There you will find the finest food and beautiful decor. What could be added to all of that? What makes it all come alive?
Welcome? or Not Welcome?
I am sure it has never happened that you walk into the Post Office or DMV for example and were ignored by the attendant. I don’t wish that on anybody; that’s not a good feeling. This could happen anywhere and sometimes does. I suppose the attendant may be preoccupied in thought and didn’t notice someone just walked in or that you are standing there waiting.
Essential Human Aspect
In contrast, what is most apparent to me about the finer clubs is the level of “interest” that accompanies “great service” by dedicated staff who really care.
Even before entering the club this quality can be observed in meeting the valet parking attendant, doorman, and the receptionist; they are interested in you. This is something special. A quality different than mere beautiful surroundings. And yes, this is certainly the opposite of being ignored. You could say this comes under the heading of “essential human aspect.”
Looking closer I observed another even more personal and yes essential interaction initiated by “the host.” This is someone with deft communication skills who comes to the table and cordially greets guests. He conducts himself as a gentleman with perfect manners. He is warm and friendly and genuinely interested in the guests at the table he is visiting. His communication is very light and cheerful; he is there only a short time. When he leaves the table, the guests he briefly spoke to are happy and interacting with each other.
When appropriate, I apply this when I perform as a solo pianist at restaurants. I observe and determine wether or not the guests at a table are engaged in conversation. If they are I do not interrupt them. But let’s say guests at a table are not so engaged; possibly looking at their phones. I say hello, and introduce myself as the pianist for the evening. We briefly talk about music they like; usually I receive music requests. Then during the evening I’ll play their request. I have found the result to be quite magical.
How could you apply this to what you do? This is actually natural to do.
Today when going about your business “show interest” in the people you meet. You will brighten their day and yours.
Sincerely, Eric Zimmermann
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