Originally Posted by Ewok
This is how tipping actually works. If your not getting enough tips, don't blame tightwads, look inward to see if your just doing a job, doing a good job or doing a great job. Congrats to tetonpwdrjunkie for doing it right.
Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie
The best way to get tips isn't to beg for them, or drop hints, or expect them. What works for me is providing much more than the expected value of the lesson and making sure that the guests get what they expected and more than they imagined they would get from a day skiing with me. At the end of the day, I want them to gratefully hand me money and ask... "What are you doing tomorrow?"
As a life long professional server, I survive on tips. The above quotes say things pretty simply and are quoted for truth. Likewise, I do tip at the drop of a hat, and surprise non-customarily tipped folks often, the plumber, arborist, carpet installer etc....
The biggest challenge is not being given the opportunity to tip. If I dont have cash on my person it can not happen. I have had a few lessons were I intended to tip, but the " instructor skied off into the sunset before I got my hand out of my pocket fumbling for cash under my layers.
I am not sure how the business end works at all resorts but I know I pay via credit card at the SS office in advance. Signed and processed on the spot. However, I feel the ski school should pre-approve the charges and told that the instuctor will have the final receipt for them at the end of the lesson. Lesson voucher goes to guest, and a credit card signature slip with a blank tip line to the instuctor. At the end of the lesson, just like at at the end of a meal, the guest should be presented with the check/slip for final approval and let the guest tip and sign on the hill. Instuctor should then return credit slip to cashier, for final approval and close the transaction and pay out the tips.
At the end of the day, the guest will make a decision.........
To continue.... this would give the instructor an opportunity to hand a business card with proper name on it, think request lesson in the future, and perhaps gather some contact information from guest to "keep in touch"..... marketing stuff.