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When You Can’t Say “Yes to the Address” - 2/7/23


I was interviewing a frontline staff person for one of our local government clients recently as part of our CSS Training Development Process.  They described their customers and the difficult situations that they face, their tougher conversations with customers. This individual supports local events, so there’s a lot of planning involved.  Read more

How to Fix Other People’s Problems - 1/31/23


I was helping a friend navigate some healthcare processes recently, so I conducted a 3-way call with my friend and the physician practice to try to get things cleared up.  The employee I spoke with on the phone - let’s call her Katie. There had been poor communication between different Read more

What to do When You’re in the Middle - 1/24/23


Bob and Sarah are arguing, and you’re in the middle.  Bob’s an employee, and Sarah is a customer, and they have a difference of opinion.  Somehow you’re involved even though you didn’t have anything to do with the interaction in question, the complaint being addressed.  You find yourself being Read more

Is the Customer Issue an Organizational Issue? - 1/17/23


Customer retention is vital.  Most of next year’s customers are going to be those who are this year’s customers. So, the more you lose today, the fewer you will have tomorrow.  Organizations conduct research, data mine, or bring in consultants to help identify those customers who may be most Read more

Decide Who’s Driving the Bus - 1/10/23


I once heard a speech titled: Who’s driving the bus? I knew the speaker beforehand, so that made his talk extra special.  It was funny and relatable and held many words of wisdom.  The crux of the speech was that every one of us has our own facets, our own Read more

Create a Personal Vision for the Year - 1/3/23


This time of year is all about the New Year’s resolution.  We’re going to exercise or eat differently!  Then…2 months later, who knows what’ll be happening, but at least you set a goal.  For many of us, that’s progress. For businesses, that New Year’s resolution often has to deal with Read more

Avoid Making a Bad Situation Worse - 12/27/22


Twitter.  When you hear that word, does your temperature rise?  Do you roll your eyes?  Do you ask: What is Twitter? From a customer service perspective, Twitter has evolved into a virtual place for consumers to complain about businesses.  For those businesses savvy enough to understand the importance of communicating Read more

2022 Holiday Poem - 12/20/22


The year is winding down. The work is still up front. We’re making that transition to close out the 12th month. We’re trying to find a balance between personal life and work. Trying to be kind to people even if they’re acting like a jerk. It’s taking all of our patience and our Read more

Open Minds and Ornery Customers - 12/13/22


We all have to deal with some crazy customers, at times.  They might be loud or sad.  Flighty or mad.  They may have unrealistic expectations or think it’s OK to skip past people in line because their need must be more important than the others.  Some are rude, some Read more

Apply These Values for Great Customer Service - 12/6/22


One of the industries where we do a lot of our work is local government.  These CSS clients are not necessarily selling a product or having the number of competitors that a lot of our private industry clients and our sports clients face.  But they need to deliver a Read more

Connect During Customer Service Week – 10/6/20

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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.

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9 Quick Ideas for Customer Service Week – There’s Still Time!

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The World loves a landmark, an event, a holiday season, a moment in time. Greeting card companies especially love these milestones, because they’re usually a good reason to buy a card for someone.

Well this week is no different. In the business world, this is known as Customer Service Week. It’s a time to celebrate and recognize all stakeholders as well as refocus on the importance of customer service. So with the week halfway gone, these are 9 Quick Ideas you can still take and run with for this week and beyond:

  1. Have every employee write one handwritten Thank You letter or card for a key customer – appreciating their business.
  2. Have every supervisor/manager commit to writing one Thank You e-mail, letter, or card to an employee every other week – that’s 26 per year – noting appreciation for something specific the employee has done well.
  3. Identify 1 improvement your organization can implement over the next 30 days in how you reward staff for high levels of customer service – align rewards with desired behaviors.
  4. Convene a team of employees to identify the key issues or customer-related complaints they deal with on an ongoing basis. Commit to permanently eliminating the root cause of one of those over the next 30-60 days – benefits customers and staff as well.
  5. Identify 3 core customer service metrics to gauge monthly that everyone in the organization can understand and focus on as measures of performance.
  6. Create a Customer Service Book Club, and meet 1-2 times a month to discuss. We have an “unbiased” recommendation here to get started – Ask Yourself…Am I GREAT at Customer Service?
  7. Do a short survey via e-mail, using a web-based tool, or even via the phone with customers asking 2-3 key questions. For example:
    • What do we do best?
    • What are the main reasons you’re our customer?
    • How can we improve our service to you?
  8. Do a short survey with staff asking 2-3 key questions. For example:
    • What do you like best about the culture and work environment at our business?
    • What are the main reasons you work here?
    • How can we make this a better place to work?
  9. Have the CEO or some other executive host an informal party for staff, conveying his/her appreciation for what they do.

Find some way to appreciate your staff and customers.

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It’s Customer Service Week…Do You Know Where Your Customers Are?

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You may remember the television commercial that said “It’s 10 o’clock. Do you know where your children are?”

The idea was that there are certain times of the day when you should be acutely aware of what your children are up to and where they are located.

Well this is Customer Service Week, and this is one of those times when you should be acutely aware of where your customers are, what they’re thinking, how at-risk they are of leaving, and who else is trying to make them their customer by stealing them from you. This is also one of those times we need to be aware of where your employees are such as…What is their morale? What are they thinking about the company and the direction it’s going?

This is the perfect time to assemble all of your employees and managers, and have everyone make a personal call or visit or write a card to 3 to 5 customers to convey your company’s appreciation for their business and to ask where are the customers in terms of their perception of your business.

This is also a perfect time for management to model the behaviors they expect of employees by having management show appreciation for staff, having management to recognize those who are “other-focused,” to find ways to motivate the staff, and determine where their employees are in terms of their morale.

It’s Customer Service Week. Do you know where your customers are? Do you know where your employees’ heads are at?

Special note to the grammar police (I apologize for all the sentences ending with prepositions or otherwise incorrectly…we will return to appropriate grammar with the next posting).

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