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Caring Goes Beyond Competence - 11/30/21


April went to get some routine car maintenance done at the local service center.  When they finished the oil change, she paid for the service, got her keys, went to her car, and opened the door.  As she was about to enter the car, she stopped.  Somebody had obviously Read more

You Mostly Get What You Give - 11/23/21


It is Thanksgiving week in the United States, so let’s talk “Thanks.” There’s a saying that You Get What You Give.  And while the goal of giving thanks should not be “To receive things,” getting something positive in return is often a nice byproduct of being appreciative of others. It’s amazing Read more

Van Gogh the Vision - 11/16/21


Want to create Service Excellence in your organization?  Have a vision, then paint the picture of that vision.  It’s easier to create something if you can visualize it first, so let’s Van Gogh a Vision. Excellent customer service is delivered in a courteous manner.  Courtesy comes through when employees are Read more

First E-mail Impression? I’ll Enjoy Working with You - 11/9/21


When you provide consulting, research, and training services like we do, you meet a variety of people, and many of them are new individuals to work with even if they are in organizations you’ve worked with for years. When I meet the new customer or they meet me for the Read more

A Way to Serve with Empathy - 11/2/21


We first wrote a Tip of the Week on empathy back in 2008. It was the most important customer service skill then, and it’s the most important customer service skill now.  And as we’ve noted in society, empathy is becoming a word that is used more often in more Read more

Channel Your Inner Aristotle - 10/26/21


Aristotle once said: We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. This is a very interesting statement.  We need to break it down to fully understand and appreciate it. We are what we repeatedly do. Let’s focus on the word repeatedly.  None of us is Read more

To Improve, Understand Why You Do What You Do - 10/19/21


In the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey says that habits form at the intersection of desire, skills, and knowledge.  Desire is the WANT TO do something.  Skills is the HOW TO do something.  Knowledge is a combination of the WHAT TO do and WHY TO do Read more

Tailor to the Type - 10/12/21


We’re all different.  We’re all unique.  Every customer is different and unique, as well, and we should treat them as unique individuals. While we should see each customer as unique, before we fully get to know the customer, there are some core philosophies to take into customer conversations based on Read more

Avoid the Silence; Build the Relationship - 10/5/21


Our interactions with customers are “Moments of Truth.”  These Moments of Truth can be conversations with a customer about some complaint, encounters when they're in the drive-thru, questions about an order that the customer calls in to the company, or brief interactions in the lobby of a government building. Sometimes Read more

Make it a “Good Busy” - 9/28/21


When I’m speaking with colleagues or clients, I’ll often ask how their day is going. The response I get almost once a week is something like:  I’m incredibly busy! When I get that response, sometimes I’ll ask whether it is a “good busy” or whether they are “fighting fires.” I’ll ask Read more

Making the Computer the Patient’s Friend

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I had migraines – bad ones. It got to the point where I was taking aspirin almost daily, temporarily getting rid of the headache but also having painful effects on my stomach.

So my wife “encouraged” me to see a migraine specialist (or – as I put it – my headache doctor). And – over time – it worked; I haven’t taken an aspirin since that first visit 5-6 years ago, and my headaches rarely come back. But the reason I’m sharing this is that I read a study recently that reminded me of my headache doctor.

In 2012, the American Medical Association came out with a report on the use and impact of computers in exam room interactions between physicians and patients. The first time I ever had a physician appointment where a doctor utilized a computer in the room during my appointment was with my headache doctor. She used it to document notes, write prescriptions, review my history, and do many other tasks while I was with her – but it was never an issue. She used it well…

  • She positioned the computer where I could see what she was doing (so I didn’t have concerns about what she was documenting)
  • She didn’t complain about the computer (so there was no negativity added to the conversation)
  • She explained what she was doing (so I knew the reason she was documenting while I was present)
  • She was effective at navigating the application (so that the process didn’t delay treatment)
  • And she balanced her viewing of the computer with her eye contact with me as she typed (so I continued to feel important to her).

These are good lessons for anyone using the technology in front of the customer. The computer (or tablet or smart phone) doesn’t have to be a barrier to great customer service. It just needs to be used correctly.

Make the computer the patient’s friend.

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