Archive | August 2016

What Kind of Show Do You Put On?

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I am honored to bring to you the 4th and final installment of the interview I did recently with Eric and Yvette Auger. I am grateful to them for this opportunity.  I hope you find value in our conversation.


An Inspired Life

by Yvette & Eric Auger

What Kind of Show Do You Put On?



Business/Life is a show. In that show we are the producer, director, actors & editors. And I can bet that you, like me, always set off to create the perfect story with the right amount of happiness, suspense, surprise and a “they all live happily ever after ending”. The only issue with attaining that ambitious goal is that we rarely get to write the script.

There are far too many variables to be able to write it: clients are tuned in WIIFM (What’s in it for me), business associates have their own needs, and people we answer to have their own set of goals, etc…

So the question, is how do we make sense of this “chaos” and produce a show we can be proud of? This is the subject of this 4th installment of my interview with Christoff J. Weihman:

Eric: In your book you remind us that business/life is a “show”. Serving with pride and creating a memorable experience takes preparation much like the actor who takes the stage in front of an audience….

Christoff: Yes, It has to start with mindset. I talk about getting ready for the show. I think most people don’t get ready for the show. Many people, when they go to work, whether it’s their own business that they run, or whether they’re an employee at a job, whether they are in management or they’re a staff member, whatever industry, I think people get up, take a shower, and drive to work. They just show up. Then they just react to whatever comes their way. They don’t plan, they don’t prepare, they don’t mentally get themselves in a state of mind to be ready for that.

Do Athletes Just Show Up When It’s Time for The Game?

Service professionals are very similar to professional athletes, musicians, and actors. If we think about, it’s a show, we’re on a stage, think about those people, professional athletes … Yes, with a very, very rare exception of some superstar, do any professional athletes show up on the court, show up on the field, mostly a field or a court, do they show up just when it’s time for the game? No.

No. They practice!

How about musicians? Do they just show up when it’s time for the concert at Carnegie Hall? No, they practice and rehearse. They’re practicing their craft. Actors, do they just show up and say, “Okay, what’s my lines? Okay, I’m saying them.” No, they embody it, and they rehearse and they memorize. Should we memorize? Probably. Should we have answers ready to give when a guest or a customer or a client ask certain questions? Yes. I’m talking about even just mentally preparing ourselves. I start my day by journaling, by saying affirmations. If I’m going to see a client or I’m going to do a presentation, or whatever, it’s easier when I’m driving in the car, but even when I’m just getting ready for a non-eventful day, so to speak, I speak things out loud. It may sound crazy, but I determine how my day is going to be.

A lot of people live in a state of reaction, so they’re never in control.

They base their emotions upon moment to moment. You ask them: “How’s everything going?”, “It’s great, it’s great, everybody’s happy.” Half hour later when something happens that they don’t like they say: “Oh my gosh, I’m down, I’m depressed.”

It’s really about mentally, emotionally, and physically, and even in our wardrobe, in every way, preparing yourself. How are you showing up to work?

If you’re going to show up, show up!

Take control, when things you can’t control come your way, you can respond instead of react because of having that mindset and that attitude.

Here is a parting thought that was not part of the interview but that is worth considering:

If people were to look at their show through the eyes of their clients, co-workers, loved ones… How would they label it? A suspense, comedy, drama or an inspiring story where they are the hero who overcomes adversity and becomes a better person in the process?

I recently watched a fantastic movie on this subject thanks to my friend Holly Davis who recommended it: “Finding Joe”. It is available online. Google the title if you are interested in finding out more….

    Eric & Yvette Auger

For real estate and networking matters, we can be reached by email or by phone at (702) 813-2661

Christoff writes a weekly blog about 5 star customer service entitled Soupfly:

For more information on Christoff’s book, Getting to WOW!, or for him to speak at your business/organization please go to:

Thank you Eric and Yvette.


Thank you to all my Soupfly Readers from around the world! I appreciate you all.  Please feel free to leave your comments below.

Cheers and God Bless You All!

Elevating Service & Hospitality,

Christoff J. Weihman

ASPIRE Enterprises

Las Vegas, NV

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The Demise of the Unremarkable Average Guy Who Gives Away Caviar

Welcome Back to Soupfly!

This is the 3rd installment of the interview I did recently with my friends, Eric and Yvette Auger. I am again honored and grateful they chose to use our interview in their weekly business newsletter.
I hope you find value in  our conversation.


Yvette and I just got back from a quick week-end trip to Palm Springs where we stayed in a small boutique hotel: “The Parker”. I recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to experience service at its finest!


From check-in, to housekeeping to room service, dining experience and pool staff everything was absolutely perfect! The level of personal attention we received was absolutely remarkable. It was so perfect that minutes before checking out and even though we were ready to go, I had to get my laptop out and write a Yelp review. They did not ask for it but I was so pleased with everything it would have been unfair for me not to! Click here to read my review.

What made our stay so memorable? It was not the facility even though it was impeccable, It was not the drinks even though they were tasty, it was not the food either even though it was 5 star fine dining and it was not the room either even though it was spotless and very comfortable…

It Was The People!

And that leads me to the next segment of our interview with Christoff J. Weihman, customer service expert and author for the book “Getting to WOW! Everybody Wins with 5 Start Service”:

Eric: I have often heard that “being average is the death of a business” because it becomes unremarkable. You dedicate a chapter on this subject in your book. What is your take on this?

Christoff: Here’s what I’ve realized. The subtitle of my book is “Everybody WINS with 5 Star Service.” I believe that 5 star service can turn into 5 R’s. With 5 star service you will end up with, star #1: repeat business; star #2 is referrals that you get from those repeat happy loyal customers; star #3 is an increase in the positive reputation in your market, your town, your geographic location; star #4 positive reviews, and star #5 is revenue.

There’s no industry where you’re the only one. In a sea of others, if you are just mediocre, and you’re not going to stand out

In my trainings, I ask, “What are the 5 R’s?” 90% of the time that people say, “Revenue of course” or maybe they’ll say, “Repeat customers,” because they’re the ones who bring the revenue. If you give mediocre or average service, you are lost in the sea of other people competing in your industry… There’s no industry where you’re the only one. In a sea of others, if you are just mediocre, and you’re not going to stand out, you’re not going to build a great reputation, your business is going to fail, or you are just going to flounder and kind of bob up and down and not really go anywhere.

The great thing is, for companies, business owners and entrepreneurs that do have the right mindset and a desire to deliver excellence, I think it’s pretty easy to set yourself apart from the sea of mediocrity. It really, really is, because if you go just a little bit above average people take notice. In my book, “Getting to WOW!”, if you notice, I don’t talk about, “You’ve got to give champagne and free caviar.” It’s none of that. It’s only about the interaction with the individual. All the other things on the outside, the location, the ambiance, the décor that I’m talking about in a restaurant, but in any business, all those other things, all those do is enhance the experience, but if the interaction is not happening on a positive tone with the service professional, none of those other things matter. The event will become mediocre and unmemorable.

“How was the experience?” “Eh, it was okay. We’re not going back.”

People walk out of a location, whether it’s a hotel, a restaurant, a resort, or whatever, and if they didn’t have that perfect interaction … not perfect, but that great positive interaction with the service provider, they say, “Eh, it was okay.” “Yeah, but wasn’t it beautiful?” “Oh yeah, it was a great view. I was able to see the waterfalls or the mountains or the city, the skyline. It was beautiful.” “How was the experience?” “Eh, it was okay. We’re not going back.” It’s all about the interaction with the individual. Mediocrity is not okay. It’s not okay, but it is commonplace.

It’s not about everything being outlandish and extravagant. For example, when I worked in a restaurant, it’s about being creative, for one thing. I had a customer who liked to smoke cigars and loved wine. I remembered he had a favorite wine, and we were out of it, and I knew he was coming in with his wife for his anniversary. I knew that we were out and we weren’t going to have it delivered. I went to the store and I bought two bottles of wine, and I brought them in. He knew we were out of it, but I told him, “Hey, Ron, I know that you love this, and so I decided to go and get it for you. It’s on me.” Okay, it was a 20-dollar bottle. It would have been 60 dollars on the menu. I didn’t charge him for it, and it enhanced the experience.

One of my favorite words and most powerful words in any service interaction is “welcome.”

It could be anything. It’s remembering a birthday, it’s acknowledging. When somebody walks into the place of business, just acknowledging information that we already know. It’s their birthday. They’ve been here before. How many times have you been to a place where you’ve been there many times, and every time you walk in the conversation goes something like this: “Hi, have you been here before?”, “Yeah, don’t you remember?”, “Oh, yeah.” Instead of just saying, “Hi, welcome back.” To me, one of my favorite words and most powerful words in any service interaction is “welcome.”

How often do you look at your interactions with the world through the eye of the other person?

And if you did what would they see? This is a fascinating exercise to conduct and there is a lot to learn from it.

At the end of the day, what you think does not matter nearly as much as how you make your clients, friends, family members feel.

Don’t be the average unremarkable guy who gives caviar and thinks he is amazing! Instead, focus on the experience as perceived by the people you come in contact with.

    Eric & Yvette Auger

For real estate and networking matters, we can be reached by email at or by phone at (702) 813-2661

Thanks Eric and Yvette! Also thank you to all my Soupfly Readers from around the world! I appreciate every one of you. Please feel free to share your comments below.

Cheers and God Bless You!

Elevating Service and Hospitality,

Christoff J. Weihman

ASPIRE Enterprises

Las Vegas, NV

702 848 8955

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