Talent and Skills Entry: Hospitality

As writers, we want to make our characters as unique and interesting as possible. One way to do this is to give your character a special skill or talent that sets him apart from other people. This might be something small, like having a green thumb or being good with animals, to a larger and more competitive talent like stock car racing or being an award-winning film producer. 

When choosing a talent or skill, think about the personality of your character, his range of experiences and who his role models might have been. Some talents might be genetically imparted while others are created through exposure (such as a character talented at fixing watches from growing up in his father’s watch shop) or grow out of interest (archery, wakeboarding, or magic). Don’t be afraid to be creative and make sure the skill or talent is something that works with the scope of the story. 


Description: some people have a knack at welcoming others. They know what to say and do to make people feel relaxed and comfortable. Making sure another’s needs are taken care of and that they feel appreciated are both key to hospitality. Providing food, drink, shelter and comforts are all aspects of taking care of others, but even more important is reading each individual and being able to identify what their specific needs might be. Attentiveness and being attuned to the shifting moods of others are both important qualities. Being a good host is a custom in many societies, including offering gifts and providing special treatment. Some take the responsibility so seriously that even one’s enemies are treated with respect and favor while in one’s home. Anyone in the service industry (entertainment, restaurants, hotels, casinos, etc.) must have strong hospitality skills to be successful.

Beneficial Strengths or Abilities: strong intuition and observation skills, being a people person, having knowledge of different cultures and customs, being well connected and able to provide items that people may desire, etc.

Character Traits Suited for this Skill or Talent: observant, kind, dedicated, discreet, sincere, professional, resourceful, tactful, intuitive, flexible, organized, pursuasive

Scenarios Where this Skill Might be Useful: being an entertainer; having a job where the well-being and satisfaction of others is one’s primary concern; living during difficult times (war, enemy occupation, etc.) and using one’s skills to keep the peace or to curry favor with influential people, etc.

You can brainstorm other possible Skills and Talents your characters might have by checking out our FULL LIST of this Thesaurus Collection. And for more descriptive help for Setting, Symbolism, Character Traits, Physical Attributes, Emotions, Weather and more, check out our Thesaurus Collections page.

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7 Responses to Talent and Skills Entry: Hospitality

  1. sjp says:

    Haha scanning through my feed for some reason thought Hospitality as in Hospitals? Typical Monday-itis :S great post anyway haha

  2. Great post! Life’s been crazy for me, but I have been reading your posts. Sorry for the lack of comments.

    • Don’t apologize, Sharon! Trust me, I totally get it. These days my life is just juggling, juggling… oi! Hope the writing is going well and you’re taking some time for yourself 🙂

  3. Rosi says:

    Another good tool in our writer’s tool-belt. Thanks for a very helpful post.

  4. A good quality to have when you’re staying away from, from the hosts. It’s important to feel at home, appreciated, it makes you settle in for a better night of sleep.

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