Concierge… The key to unlock your free time   Leave a comment

The keys to your free time

Okay I know what your saying with this title! Two questions come to mind…. WHAT the heck is “CONCIERGE” and HOW do you pronounce it anyway????
Here’s a little help……..

Dictionary entry overview: What does concierge mean?
• CONCIERGE (noun)
The noun CONCIERGE has 1 sense:
1. a French caretaker of apartments or a hotel; lives on the premises and oversees people entering and leaving and handles mail and acts as janitor or porter

Familiarity information: CONCIERGE used as a noun is very rare.

Webster’s dictionary defines concierge (pronunciation: kon-‘syerzh, kän-se-‘erzh) as a French word meaning “gatekeeper” or “keeper of the keys”. The term “concierge” first appeared in France in the Middle Ages. The concierge’s responsibilities then were diverse, including overseeing the administration of domestic services and performing special tasks at the request of the royal court. A concierge’s job was to see to the needs of VIP visitors as well as to hold the keys to the many castle rooms. The definition broadened with the rise of the grand European hotels in the 16th and 17th centuries, though it was not until the mid-20th century that the concierge became a must-have feature of North American hotels, residences and office buildings.

The “key” remains a symbol of the concierge profession to this day.
The National Concierge Association (NCA) defines the title of concierge as an individual whose principal occupational responsibility is to facilitate, or to arrange for the facilitation, of any request placed by a client, visitor, guest or tenant, providing the request is legal, ethical and appropriate for the concierge to do: thus “a doer of all things” within legal and moral limitations.

So as your Concierge- doer of all (good) things….what may I do for you? I can help you find your keys (to your free time)….regardless of how long they have been lost!

(This information -in part- is compliments of:
http://www.examiner.com/business-commentary-in-washington-dc/dc-spawns-growth-of-a-key-business-personal-and-corporate-concierge-services)

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Posted November 5, 2010 by dsgnmom in Uncategorized

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