Getting the staff to like you is critical if you want to play a venue on an ongoing basis. Management relys heavily on the staff's opinion when deciding whether or not to have a performer return. In many cases, if the staff likes you, you're in. If they don't, you're out.
Here's a few pointers on how to 'win over the staff.'
- Write down the names of the bartenders and waitstaff
- At the end of each set, acknowledge the tremendous efforts that the staff has made to insure everyone's well-being
- Politely ask the crowd to 'take care' of the staff as they close-out their tabs
'Winning over the staff' has paid dividends to me for years.
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