The Mixology Talk Podcast, Episode Fifty Seven

Networking isn’t just for corporate jobs – here’s why it’s important for bartenders and how to do it well in the world of hospitality.

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In today’s Episode…

Most people think that networking is just stuffy corporate events, its just as important to folks outside the “corporate” world – especially bartenders trying to make their way in the world of hospitality.

Why it’s worth doing:

  • The hospitality community is small and very well connected.
  • It creates job prospects, friendships and builds your community.
  • It’s a great way to learn about what’s happening in your market, or meet potential future business partners.
  • It’s also a great way to learn about upcoming competitions, events, or free tastings.

How to do it:

  • Your co-workers: Get to know them and be nice – don’t burn any bridges!
  • Your vendors: They know everyone in your market
  • Your regulars: Don’t forget the customers.
  • Industry Bars: Go out after work!
  • USBG / IBA or other industry organizations
  • Events, competitions and conferences
  • Farmer’s Markets (This one’s only for the morning people!)


  • In Chris’ experience the bar community is very large and well connected on Facebook. “Friending” someone you’ve met is a good way to stay on their radar and see where their career takes them. Also lets you see the local gossip and what’s happening in your market.
  • Get Business Cards made – for yourself, not your bar. This is an easy way to give out your contact information.
  • Got friends moving to new places? Go for a visit! This is a great way to show support and stay connected.

Listen in to Learn:

  • Why to network
  • How to Network
  • Tips for networking well

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