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Day 23: Be a Greeter at Starbucks

Assuming salary doesn’t matter, do you think being a greeter at a store like Walmart is an easy job? All you do is to say hi to people, smile and get paid, right? Well, I’m trying to find out myself. To not competing with Walmart employees, I decided to do it at Starbucks.

Being a greeter is not easy, especially if you count the boredom and weird looks this job receives.

Learning: 1. When people have no intention in carrying a conversation with you, they usually won’t. Don’t take it personally when they walk by. 2. Job satisfaction has a lot less to do with physical effort and ease, but more to do with human interaction and fulfillment. Even for a job like greeter, who has to communicate constantly, the quality of the communication is what matters, not quantity.

  • Maria

    Just wondering: How long did you stay as a Starbucks greeter?

    • Jia

      About 20-30 minutes.

  • Rita

    I think your experience would be completely different if you were a greeter at Walmart where people expect to see a greeter.

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