5. Determine your unique offer
In his book Ask Gary Vee, Gary Vaynerchuck says to not approach a mentor looking for something. Instead, approach prospective mentors with a unique offer. Ask yourself, “What can I provide them?”
Now, you may be asking yourself, “What can I offer a successful restaurateur that they don’t already know or have?” The answer to that question is more than you may think.
The restaurant industry attracts a diverse group of people. Maybe you went to school and minored in accounting, information technology, marketing, multimedia, web design, or human relations. All of these fields are becoming increasingly important as the restaurant industry evolves and becomes more competitive. Offer your unique skill in exchange for advice.
And for mentors, Rosengren suggests keeping an open mind.
"Always really listen first to understand how you can help someone else, and not go into it thinking that you have all of the answers. Mentorship is much more collaborative than that," she says.
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6. Approach restaurant consultants online
Today, there is more knowledge and content being shared than ever before. Many times, this knowledge comes straight from the source. Surround yourself with tips from these incredible restaurateurs by reading or listening to their books, blogs, or podcasts.
Here are a few restaurant consultants who share their knowledge for free:
Surround yourself with the content of successful restaurant professionals, and you'll learn a thing or two.
Mentorship Makes for Successful Restaurateurs
Everyone remembers the first great mentor they had because of how mentors shape who we are and how far we go.
Having a mentor can make a career, just as being a mentor can keep you afloat of any new tricks of the trade. And in an industry where turnover is at an all-time high, being a mentor to an employee could be the difference between retaining someone and losing them to another restaurant.
Today, there's even the option of virtual coaches. Check out Roger Beaudoin’s Restaurant Rockstars, Anthony Rudolph’s Journee, or Typsy. All of these resources allow you to surround yourself with advice from industry experts whether you're in a kitchen or not.