Even though former President Ronald Reagan was – at one point – the most powerful political leader in the world as well as a former movie star, there are many stories about how he conveyed a genuineness, a warmth, and a sense of caring when he was meeting with others 1-on-1.
When I was working in Charlotte almost 20 years ago, one of my clients met with Bill Clinton when he was still President. After the meeting, I asked her how it went, and she replied “While I don’t agree with many of his policies, when you’re in the room with him, he makes you feel like you’re the most important person in the world.”
So what do these stories have to do with customer service?
In these individual, intimate moments, even the most powerful people in the world can make you feel special. They can focus on you instead of themselves. They can strip away the appearance of an ego to make you feel like you are the one who is most important.
This tip is not only for employees in working with customers, but it is also for managers in working with employees.
It’s a matter of having the intent to engage on the same level with other people, not to highlight one’s own position or own expertise for the sake of “pulling rank” or “lording over” others. It’s about attitude and intent – the desire to treat others as equals and individuals in those intimate 1-on-1s.
If the Presidents can rein in their ego and power for these intimate 1-on-1s, we can rein in ours when interacting with employees and customers.
Bring these “Presidential” qualities into personal customer interactions.