Hospitality Training

KTN’s program for hotel hospitality training is entitled Creating Hospitality Excellence, DAILY!

Whereas hotels and other lodging providers used to have to worry that "an unhappy guest might tell as many as 9-10 others..." today's guests can become the hotel's biggest advocates or worst nightmares. With the proliferation of online guest reviews at websites such as TripAdvisor and Yelp, and with the explosion of social media postings, the level of hospitality and guest service efficiency provided to real guests is "transparent" for the world (and potential future guests) to see. In short, a hotel's service level is now part of marketing and public relations. This workshop experience helps frontline colleagues understand both why and how they need to make it an "ordinary" occurrence for guests to experience "extraordinary" hospitality and guest service excellence.

After exploring their new role, participants then gain exposure to KTN's "Four Fundamental Principles of Hospitality Excellence," helping them understand the "what's in it for me?" from their own perspective. In short, when colleagues deliver extraordinary service they meet much nicer guests, they experience a far more pleasant work environment, and they have a lot more fun! This segment covers concepts such as "Hospitality is more than a series of communications techniques; it is essentially a philosophy for living," "Bringing out the best in others brings out the best in ourselves," "Using your power of release when encountering difficult people," and "The road to hospitality excellence is a joy ride!"

Next, the workshop experience takes participants through an exploration of each "step" in cycle of service model that KTN calls "The Customer Circle of Life." This starts with their initial phone call prior to arrival, through their arrival experience, the first few moments in the accommodation, life as an in-house guest and onward to the fond farewell at departure. During this segment the more traditional hospitality communication techniques are covered.

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This hotel hospitality training program is presented in a half-day format.  It is a highly engaging and interactive workshop experience that is also fun for participants to attend.

For first time clients, KTN trainers arrive prior to training for an introductory - familiarization meeting. We offer advice about measuring results of the hotel hospitality training program and how to set-up staff recognition or incentives for ongoing training reinforcement as part of the installation of this hotel hospitality program.  Advanced-level follow-up training workshops and individual coaching is also available for clients looking for ongoing support.

As with all KTN hotel training workshops, the content is customized for the needs of the client hotel or lodging company based on their market segment, property type, brand or company philosophies, and any unique operational needs.

Hospitality Training For Food & Beverage

This workshop is also available in a version targeted specifically to hotel food and beverage colleagues including waitstaff, bartenders, food runners, hosts/greeters, and in-room dining.

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Conquering Complaints: The Carrot Model™

This workshop provides a refreshing alternative to the recycled content of many other hospitality programs. The KTN trainer first emphasizes just how important it is to properly receive and respond to guest complaints in the era of social media. Next, Doug Kennedy’s Carrot Model™ is presented, helping attendees understand the root cause of complaints. Participants then explore the various personality types of those who complain as well as those who respond. Finally, a menu of real-world approaches and tactics that can be used by all are shared.

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Links to Doug’s articles relevant to this topic: 

Get Your Hotel Operations Team Onboard The Tricycle of Guest Service

Guest Empathy Training Creates Genuine Experiences

When Guests Complain, Be All EARS!

Are You Giving Guests Enough RevPAH? (Revenue Spent Per Awake Hour!)

Conquering Complaints - Part One: A Complaint Is Like A Carrot

Focus Less On Latest Amenities, More On Guest Relations

Never Try To Prove Guests Wrong, Even When They Are!

How To Bring Out The Best In Others

How To Help Staff Empathize With Guests

People Are Still The Number One Key To Hospitality

Make Guests Tweet

Engaging Guests In "Emotionally Valuable Moments" / Doug Kennedy

Train Your Hotel Team To Use The Language Of Hospitality: Part One