How to: Become a Butler
In today’s world, the Butler has become more than a private household employee. Luxury hotels, 6* cruise ships, superyachts, and private jets are also potential clients, as a lot of people choose to have a Butler as a right-hand person in much of their daily life. The Butler trade is exciting, giving, it provides a constant learning pathway and a potential way of living for a lot of people. It is an ideal profession if you have: dedication, skills, know-how, good discretion values and an open heart.
So who can become a true Butler?
First of all, the Butler trade is not for everyone. As a hospitality worker, you need to be humble and always show a high service-attitude. As a Butler, you also sacrifice some of your privacy, some of your potential leisure time, as things can suddenly come up, and also you live close to peoples private lives, while possibly sacrificing a little of your own. Keywords for a Butler is, therefore; discretion, anticipation and dedication. Discretion for obvious reasons – Anticipation for your principal or guest’s wishes and demands – Dedication for a world of ultimate private service and new challenges.Light cooking, bartending, wine knowledge, house maintenance, car maintenance, taking care of wardrobe, shoes, watches… A Butler has a lot of different hats to wear, and a strong background from hospitality is, therefore, a big asset. Serving and acting as the principal’s, or guest’s right-hand person for other guests is probably the most important task, and you will therefore often see that a lot of Butlers have a strong restaurant or hotel background.
A Butler role is never the same. From house to house, hotel to hotel, principal to principal. It is essential to be prepared for a life without normal working routines, with a safe and strong know-how on food and beverage, and an open mind for questions and demands on almost all and everything.The Butler role is important, exciting, educational and fundamental in relationship building. From hotels to private households, yachts or others, a Butler often becomes more than a professional, he or she can sometimes also become not only an important factor for a family but also a factor in the family.So think hard before you consider changing careers and considering private service as a viable option for you. Think again and follow your heart and head. Heart for the human values, and head for your own personal well being in such a role. When searching for a job, career and commitment, the Butler role might feel like it’s right up your alley. But prepare yourself, educate yourself and be ready for a world of exciting roles and duties. My theory is as follows: If You want to become a Butler, You can do it.
Where to find your Butler education?
For me personally, the Butler is of British origin. Originally from France, (buttelier: Butler) but perfected and developed during the British empire. I chose the British Butler Institute in London when I decided to develop my Butler skills after some twenty-five years in hospitality. Now there are Butler schools popping up everywhere, in a lot of countries and continents. Choose from your heart, contact the butler school and have questions ready which meet your personal satisfaction. You or your business will spend a lot of money on it, so be secure in your choice, and be ready for the International World of Butlers, where it’s not only magic that happens, but also where personal development never ends.
Written by Tore Berger: F&B Consultant & Professional Butler founder of Berger Consulting