Do you find yourself hesitating on making decisions that affect your business, or questioning your success or abilities? It's an all-too familiar feeling for everyone at some stage in their life...
- I'm not a good enough chef to put on a cooking demo
- I love to cook but no one will like my food
- I'm not going to get the price what I want for my service
- Why will someone hire me when I don't have experience or a culinary degree?
- I should take culinary courses before I start my business...
To be a success and inspire someone to take a risk on you, you need to be confident. Once you believe in yourself and your abilities, others will see that confidence and be attracted to it.
Here are a few tips to boost your ego and lead you to success.
Just because you're wearing a chef jacket or an apron in the kitchen, doesn't mean that you don't need to dress nicely underneath. Dressing up for yourself subconsciously makes you feel good about yourself, and shows your clients, and the people around you, that you mean business.
Close your eyes and picture how you want your life to be. Smell the aromas of a delicious meal cooked by yours truly; see your bank balance creeping upwards; hear the applause as you walk into the dining room after a client's dinner party... Dreams can come true!
Music has the power to change moods. Listen to motivating, uplifting music while driving to your next Chef event or while you're cooking. Sing like a diva - you'll feel better, more alive... and that positivity will flow into your cooking and every other aspect of your life.
Keep going, even when you feel uncomfortable. Don't ever give up. Keep chipping away at the barriers to success, even if they're all in your mind. Contact our office for peer support. Slowly, surely, things will improve.
Reading client testimonials or remembering the great things that people have said about you and your cooking will remind you of just how good you really are. Make it a regular event in your calendar, and keep adding to those testimonial pages/ memories.
Remind yourself of the difference you make in the lives of your clients. Maybe you've helped someone going through chemo or with a food allergy; perhaps you've helped a time-strapped family reconnect over the dinner table. Thinking of how you have touched peoples' lives through your culinary delights is a sure-fire confidence booster.
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BACKGROUND: The Chef Alliance is a membership organisation for Personal Chefs, Private Chefs, Chefs and Caterers, Artisan and Cottage Industry food producers and bakers, Home Cooks, Culinary Instructors, Food Stylists, Chef Instructors and other foodservice professionals across Canada. We support our members in growing strong, successful businesses, through mentorship, peer support, marketing, business savings and liability insurance. We have member Chefs in Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, Burlington, Montreal, Quebec City, Vaughan, Markham, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, Richmond, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Halifax... and many other towns and cities in Canada.
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