Sometimes people ask me how my 2 careers work together. Well here are some thoughts on how the synergy between teaching and bar managing works and why this of benefit to Viking Staffing and Events;
In the bustling world of hospitality, where the clinking of glasses meets the hum of conversation, there exists a unique synergy between two seemingly different worlds: teaching and bar managing. At first glance, one might wonder how these two professions could possibly intersect, yet upon closer inspection, the parallels are striking. As someone who has experienced the thrill of both realms, it’s clear that the skills honed in each arena complement and enhance the other, creating a perfect blend of expertise that benefits both patrons and staff alike.
For many, the journey into the world of bar managing begins with a foundation built in the classroom. Whether through formal education or hands-on training programs, aspiring managers learn the fundamentals of beverage knowledge, mixology, customer service, and business operations. This structured learning environment lays the groundwork for a successful career behind the bar.
What’s fascinating is how these foundational skills seamlessly transition into the world of teaching. A bar manager, at the helm of a bustling establishment, is not unlike an educator in a classroom. Both roles require a deep understanding of the subject matter, the ability to engage an audience, and adept communication skills.
In the bar, managers are constantly educating staff on new cocktail recipes, the art of upselling, and the importance of customer satisfaction. Similarly, teachers are guiding students through the intricacies of a subject, fostering critical thinking, and imparting knowledge in an engaging manner.
Perhaps one of the most valuable skills shared between these professions is adaptability. A bar manager must navigate a myriad of challenges on any given night, from a sudden rush of customers to a malfunctioning tap. In the classroom, teachers face the ever-changing landscape of student needs, adjusting lesson plans on the fly to ensure comprehension and engagement.
Both roles also require adept problem-solving abilities. Whether it’s troubleshooting a technical issue with the sound system for a live band at the bar or finding alternative teaching methods for a struggling student, quick thinking and resourcefulness are key.
At the heart of both teaching and bar managing lies a commitment to creating a positive environment. A successful bar manager understands that the ambiance of the establishment is just as important as the quality of the drinks. Similarly, a teacher strives to cultivate a classroom atmosphere that fosters learning, respect, and creativity.
One of the most rewarding aspects of both professions is the opportunity for mentorship. A seasoned bar manager can take a new bartender under their wing, sharing knowledge, skills, and industry insights. Likewise, a teacher plays a pivotal role in shaping the minds and futures of their students, guiding them toward success.
In the dance between teaching and bar managing, it becomes clear that these seemingly disparate professions are, in fact, two sides of the same coin. The skills cultivated in one arena naturally lend themselves to success in the other, creating a powerful synergy that benefits all involved.
I try to bring all of these aforementioned skills with me to whatever event or festival I am working at and I hope that our staff feel they are getting the best of bar manager and teacher Jess when they work with us!
So, the next time you raise a glass at your favorite bar, take a moment to appreciate the expertise and dedication of the manager behind the scenes. Just like a skilled educator, they are orchestrating an experience that goes far beyond the drinks in your glass. Here’s to the perfect blend of teaching and bar managing—the ultimate toast to hospitality excellence. Cheers!

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