It’s Customer Service Week…woohoo! This week should be all about the customers we serve and the staff who serve them. This should be about conveying we value other people, and – hopefully – having other people convey that they value us. It’s a week about people – about us.
This should be a week about creating, rekindling, and continuing to connect with others.
So, how do you connect with someone – particularly with an individual you’ve never met before today? Here are some quick tips:
Create Comfort. The more comfortable someone is with you, the more willing they are to be open with you, and the more willing they will be to listen to you. Create comfort with your voice, your patience, and the general environment that surrounds your conversation.
Ask Another. The more inquisitive you are about the other person – understanding them and their unique situation – the more likely they are to engage with you. Asking questions gives them an opportunity to share, and it gives you an opportunity to listen. People connect more with those who they feel listened to them.
Name Names. Share your name right off the bat, and use their name frequently during the conversation. Names personalize. Names create rapport. Names help to connect.
Uncover Commonalities. The more the other person can relate to you or feel like you’re relating to them, the more comfortable they would be, and the deeper connection that will be created. So, empathize with their situation, even if you haven’t experienced the exact same thing. Highlight some aspect of them, their background, their situation that has some commonality to you, your background, or your typical days.
To connect during Customer Service Week, create comfort, ask another question or two, name names, and uncover commonalities.