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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, November 2021, My Butler Julius

Julius SmithMy Butler Julius

by Julius Smith

The Difference between a Butler and a Waiter

I was once asked, “What is the difference between a butler and a waiter?”

It made me think, because to those of us in private service the answer is obvious, but is it really?

We could argue that we look so smart in our three-piece butler suit and hopefully polished shoes, and that we have a high knowledge of etiquette, and discretion and other qualities run through our DNA.

I am not for a minute downplaying the wonderful job waiters do, but the main difference in my mind is that being a butler is a vocation for us wherein it is an honor to be able to serve and to look after our principals and guests in the finest way.

The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world.