When Maverick and Goose arrived at Mirimar flight school to enhance their ability in naval air to air combat fighter tactics, they brought with them a sub-par attitude barely offset by a great volleyball game. This mixed bag resulted in Goose’s death and an existential crisis for Maverick, who gamely recovered to nearly provoke world war three. Military operations, high-technology and G-forces don’t leave much scope for error. Let’s see what lessons we can glean from Top Gun to apply to our pursuit of corporate catering excellence!
1) Always Look Great
No matter what you’re doing, it’s important to always look great. This observation is pretty vacuous but it is essentially the premise of Top Gun. As a Youtube comment states, “are these guys acting, or just looking cool all the time?” When it’s time to organise catering, what really matters is whether the party pies are hot, not how smoothly you drop a memorable line.
2) Memorable Lines
This goes without saying. If you’re not doing anything meaningful, it’s easy to look super-intelligent by dropping some hot one-liners. Top Gun is replete with examples of this: “your ego is writing cheques your body can’t cash”, “Because I was Inverted”, and “I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you” are all solid examples. Pre-load your lines so they’re ready to deploy for maximum effect, and watch the red carpets roll out as you wow your colleagues and superiors!
3 Great Catering Lines:
a) I feel the need – the need to cater
b) Just some catering in the office, Kazansky
c) You can be my caterer anytime
4) Add Music
Watching Top Gun was such a spiritual experience because of the fabulous sound-track. Harold Faltermeyer, anyone? You know, whether you’re racing your motorbike, dancing with your superiors, dog-fighting Migs or just ejecting because you flew your plane to hard, make sure you’ve got some great tunes going hard and loud – preferably something from the 80’s. By the way, the same thing goes for your catered events. Just like a party, a bit of music adds atmosphere, good vibes and helps to kill dead air while everyone stands around waiting to drop their memorable line.
5) Know When to Break the Rules
Maverick, despite his shortcomings, was neither inhibited nor restricted by operational guidelines. This was a strength in many ways, allowing him succeed beyond the capacity of his plodding, naive fellow naval aviators. Some rules are set in stone, and others are a bit more flexible. When was the last time you buzzed the tower?