Tag Archives: private service

Watch Maintenance For Butlers

The Butler is often THE contact person or liaison when it comes to household maintenance and control. A maintenance manual should be readily available, either inside the main household manual or as its own separate manual. Repairs, faults and a general maintenance log should be a natural part of such …

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Serving & Silver Service

Serving and silver Service is one of the main tasks of a Butler, in privacy for the principal, whether on a dinner-party or on a Royal gathering. Serving and silver service is the primary task for the professional Butler, and it is crucial to be a perfectionist. Cocktail receptions, Guest-lists, …

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Butler & Household Manager Training Path Choices

Training at the front end of any career, and ongoing until the day we retire, at least, is a given for butlers and household or estate(s) managers today. In the old days, the only training route was on-the-job training and apprenticeship that was hands-on heavy, light on theory, and limited …

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Why Become a Household Manager?

Let’s face it, Private Service is not necessarily on top of every young kid’s top ten list when they are asked by Uncle John what they want to become when they grow up. Sadly, if little John Jr. or little Mary were to answer “I want to be a Household …

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Top 5 ‘Private Staff’ in Game of Thrones

With season seven of Game of Thrones due to air on our screens less than a week away, I thought it would be fun to discuss something other than season seven predictions or the heroes, heroines such as Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Queen Cersei Lannister – instead I wanted …

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Interview With A Caregiver

I met “C” about a decade ago. He came to the office I was working in at the time with a charming lady for whom he was caregiving. There are a few things I recall from our meeting. The first is that I was struck by a male working in …

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The Honourable House Manager: An Interview

I recall when I first spoke with “Sam.” [I am using a pseudonym for the purposes of discretion and maintaining the privacy of the individuals involved in “Sam’s” story] At the time, over 12 years ago, I was working for my previous employer and interviewing House Managers for an important …

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6 Steps to Find Your Voice and Speak Up!

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” Alice Walker (The Color Purple) There’s good news and bad news in the workplace of 2016. The good news is that there has never been a better time to be a personal assistant than …

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