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  • A professional butler is somebody who is loyal, flexible, discreet, hard-working, honest.

  • But most important, it is a person who has the ability to put somebody else's wishes before your own.

  • That is what makes this a profession so very, very difficult.

  • At the age of 21, I became a butler.

  • Nowadays, I am chairman of the International Butler Academy.

  • The International Butler Academy is located in the beautiful village of Simpelveld in the Netherlands.

  • You have about 135 rooms, 80,000 square feet completely dedicated to the training of butlers.

  • Our students live here in our building.

  • They come, literally, from every country in the world.

  • Age from 18 to 68.

  • Okay, five minutes, guys.

  • Students learn about housekeeping, house management, estate management, regular things, like even suitcase packing, silver shining, shining shoes, the list is enormous.

  • There's an incredible amount of training to be done in 10 weeks.

  • Discipline here at the International Butler Academy is very, very important.

  • In order to get a job done, you need discipline.

  • I think in order to be successful, you need discipline, and discipline here at school is something we embrace and not something that we are afraid of.

  • Always pay attention!

  • Here at school we always joke about what employers want.

  • They need a clean toilet and, they want a warm bed, and they want a hot meal.

  • And those three things are most important for everyone.

  • You go right, you go left.

  • My wife and I, we have our own butler.

  • I'm very fortunate; I've had a private butler now for the past 17 years, and this person is very, very important to me.

  • Being a butler can certainly be a wonderful career simply because if you are responsible for the well-being of the family, for their happiness, that is obviously very, very, very important.

A professional butler is somebody who is loyal, flexible, discreet, hard-working, honest.

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    Nina posted on 2019/11/14
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