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Seat Yourself

Author: Dave Turner

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Welcome to Dave Turner’s Seat Yourself podcast series. Seat Yourself delivers news and information from all over the world on the foodservice and hospitality industry. Dave is the globally known Chief Evangelist and Editor for TabletopJournal.com. A non-traditional journalist, Dave has spent nearly 30 years as a sales and marketing executive in the world of hospitality.
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In this week’s episode, we sit with sales entrepreneur extraordinaire Bill Flannery. Based in the Washington – Baltimore marketplace Bill has been on all sides of the supply chain to the foodservice and hospitality industry. Using humor as his calling card, Bill discusses his philosophy for staying in touch with his customers, how he has evolved during the past year and much, much more.   If you currently know Bill, this episode will help you know him better – and differently. If you’re not familiar yet with Bill, you definitely will want to understand both who he is – and, how he differentiates himself in the crowded field of sales to the foodservice and hospitality sectors.
In this week’s episode, we turn the conversation back to a core belief that, throughout life, there will always be struggles. And, those struggles can be a great source of our strength and help us make decisions that we may have avoided otherwise. Let us all hope to see the many blessings that come from the struggles that life inevitably brings to us.   As Helen Keller taught us - “The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings.” After all, how could you get stronger without overcoming a struggle?
This week, our episode has a couple of distinct differences. First of all, we have 2 guests – Josh Callahan and Jason Wange, from Cal-Mil.   And, secondly, in our opening segment, we will learn from these two top execs all about Cal-Mil which was started more than 50 years ago by Josh’s grandfather. And, then, in our second segment, we are going to learn about the Foodservice Powerplant Network that Jason has started as a support resource within the foodservice and hospitality industry.   What we were most curious about is Cal-Mil’s strong support of the FSPN and exactly where this new FB support group fits into the company’s larger overall purpose and culture. In this episode you’ll hear from both Josh and Jason how these two organizations fit together and, perhaps, it may have just been a bit of destiny that it has all come together so well.
This week, Zander Lauritzen Hansen returns to give us his take on the trends that he sees continuing with us into the future now that the pandemic horizon is – possibly - finally starting to show itself. Much has changed in the past 12 months and there are many new avenues that both operators and spirits companies are traveling to reach their target markets.   Copenhagen-based and a global leader in the bartending & mixology scene and owner of bar supply company Scandic Bar, Zander brings us the latest on the trends that he feels have the staying power to be with us for the long-term.
In this week’s episode, we return to a conversation on gratefulness, but with a special perspective on being grateful in the face of great challenge. This past year has seen nearly all of us face challenges both big and small. Both personal and professional. And, while it has been a tough time for everyone, in particular, it’s been difficult for those throughout the hospitality industry.   In this year-ending episode, we take a new look at why it is important to know our “Why” and what remaining grateful in the face of great challenge can mean to us and our organization. And, we even get a bit personal along the way.
In our next installment of keeping-things-simple leadership, this episode of our Seat Yourself podcast focuses on the concept of PURPOSE and its heightened importance during complicated and stressful times. Purpose, whether it's our own individual purpose or the purpose of our organization, can offer a guiding pathway through uncertain and often turbulent times.   What is purpose? Why is it important? And, finally, how do we find our purpose?   All important questions and we address each of them in this latest episode of our Seat Yourself podcast.
This week, friend of the podcast and cocktail & spirits guru Zander Lauritzen Hansen returns to continue the conversation about cocktails and mixology. This episode focuses all on the issue of sustainability. What it means, why its important and what, specifically, bar and restaurant operators can do to up their sustainability game.   Zander always brings his passion and energy when joining us and this episode is no different. He also offers us several great takeaways for improving sustainability in the areas of Purchasing, Operations, and Marketing/Storytelling.   And, finally as we close out this episode, Zander shares with listeners a great new surprise… all in this episode of Seat Yourself.
This week, we’re honored to be celebrating our 100 th episode with one of our most passionate guests – London’s Paulo De Tarso. Having climbed the ranks and worked with some of the world’s best, Paulo is a noted restaurateur, founder of London's Margot Restaurant and now is preparing his next great adventure.   A master of the front of the house dining experience, Paulo knows that often it is the little things that make all the difference. In our conversation, Paulo shares his wisdom and his passion for the hospitality industry while giving insights into just what is required to exceed guests' expectations and to create those very special, very memorable dining experiences.     Come listen to our conversation with Paulo and feel the energy of his spirit of hospitality on this very special episode of Seat Yourself.
With a return of the COVID-10 pandemic impacting many regions of the world, many in the #foodservice & #hospitality industry are returning to a tighter lockdown situation. Leaders at all levels far beyond just the C-suite are being stretched in ways never dreamed of before we all became far too familiar with the word pandemic.   So, this week begins a “keeping-things-simple” series on leadership in complicated times. This occasionally appearing series will focus on the cornerstones of Simple Leadership and our first episode is on Trust.    
Life After Redundancy

Life After Redundancy

2020-11-0948:30

This week, we interview #tabletop expert Simon Whitney from just outside of Stoke-On-Trent in the UK. After a very successful and lengthy career as UK hospitality Sales Executive for the well-known Villeroy & Boch brand, Simon found his position being made redundant. Now, during the current COVID-19 pandemic, Simon Whitney has just started his own sales agency representing V&B and others after the life-changing event that was no fault of his own. Add to those challenges, the UK has just now gone back into intense lockdown mode. So, we’ve been looking forward to catching up with Simon to talk about what life is like after redundancy and to learn more about his thoughts as he made his decision to start his agency. And, finally and most importantly, we want to learn about his plans for his agency and the brands he represents.
The Greatest Moments

The Greatest Moments

2020-11-0211:01

If you’re feeling extra stressed these days, its small wonder why. With stricter lockdowns returning in regions all around the world, the chaos of the American elections and the Thanksgiving holiday all playing into our psyches, it’s little wonder why there is so much confusion, distrust and depression in the world. That’s why I thought it might be helpful to us remember and to reflect on some of the great moments we all have in our lives – what they are and why they’re so important.   Being grateful for all we have – and understanding what the hospitality industry does to strengthen our cultural fabric – are the central themes for this episode of Seat Yourself.     Cheers, Dave
With the foodservice and hospitality industry undergoing global transformational change, many of us are reflecting on our positions and considering if now is the time to make a few changes.   This week, we offer up considerations to ponder before undertaking our journeys of change – whether they be personal or professional. And, we discuss what the rewards can when we achieve our desired destinations.
This week, we offer up 7 quick steps on how to improve and elevate communications both internally and externally. In times of crisis such as COVID-19, communication becomes very critical to how organizations navigate their way through the turbulence. Both employees and customers want to know what a company or organization’s plans are, even as those plans are evolving. So, leaders need to be sure the correct message is being conveyed. In this episode, we discuss 7 quick steps from the American Psychological Association for doing just that.
This week, cocktail & spirits guru Zander Lauritzen Hansen returns to continue the conversation about the psychology that glassware brings to the overall hospitality guest experience. This time, however, we dig deeper discussing specific spirits and drinks such as whisky and tiki-drinks. Then, Zander gives us his take on the psychological importance of glassware to the wine and beer guest. We finish up with a lively discussion about sustainability and open the door to future episodes with a conversation on low and no-alcohol beverages. All in one single episode!
Life After Tabletop

Life After Tabletop

2020-10-0630:09

This week, we sit with Seth Iadarola, the new Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for THERMA-TEK and Dade Coolers. As a former hospitality tabletop sales executive, Seth talks about his time in the tabletop sector and how it prepared him for his current role. He also shares insights on why he is excited to bring his talents to his new organziation. In segment two of this podcast, we ask Seth to share his take on the current state of the foodservice and hospitality industry, along with his advice to those who seek to stay within the hospitality tabletop category.
After receiving notes from a number of listeners wondering where we’ve been for 2 weeks and worrying about our team’s wellbeing, it made me think about who in our industry that I worry about. So, in this episode of Seat Yourself, I detail the three people I worry about and why. I also offer up a few suggestions for all three on how to deal with our current industry struggles. And, for the record, both myself and our team are fine. In fact, we are working diligently on several 2021 projects that we think you will like very much in the coming year. I thank everyone who sent notes but all is well on the TabletopJournal front.
This week, friend of the podcast & cocktail conversationalist Zander Lauritzen Hansen joins us again. This week our focus will not be specifically on cocktails, however. This week, we will turn attention to the glassware used in serving cocktails and why the glassware you choose for your cocktails matters so much. Copenhagen-based and a global leader in the bartending scene, Zander will also cover current trends in both cocktails and cocktail glassware, along with how you can capitalize on those trends.
This week, in our last Seat Yourself of August, we take on a couple of the key issues confronting many of us within the foodservice and hospitality industry around the world. There have been so many challenges from the COVID pandemic crisis – but none more deeply and with such long-lasting effect than that of the loss of #identity and #purpose for so many of us within our industry. This week, we will attempt to put a bit of perspective around it all and help us to turn back towards having meaningful purpose no matter how our professional story may play out. In addition, in our Introduction, we will pay tributes to a couple of hospitality tabletop industry greats that we have recently lost.
This week, Seat Yourself friend Greg Kirrish joins us again - this time to discuss the notion that perhaps the comeback of the foodservice & hospitality industry may already be underway, but just not easily visible to everyone just yet. There’s some specific evidence that there just may be reasons for optimism….but as usual, our conversation doesn’t run from the realities of our current situation. In the discussion, we also talk about the keys that companies of all types – operator, supply chain, and manufacturer/supplier – all need to focus on for success as we think about coming out of COVID-19 lockdown.
This week, when our scheduled guest had an emergency and could not make it, we had an opportunity to test our agility and quickly pivot to re-write our planned podcast. Keeping with our original idea of maintaining good mental health and the various support groups available to us during these trying times, we have tried to focus our attention on the needs of our colleagues within the global hospitality and foodservice industry. Practicing self-care and self compassion could never be more important than during the current COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to those two critical elements, we all will need the support of others at some point and sometimes we will need the help of a group of others. This week’s episode has thoughts on all of that to help ourselves or others that we may know.
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