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Find a Connection Point – Part 2: Situational Connection - 10/4/22


Last week we highlighted key topics to consider when you want to find Personal Connection Points with the customer.  Today, we’ll cover some key questions to ask to uncover information about today’s situation that you can use to establish a rapport with the customer.  This is Part 2 - Read more

Find a Connection Point – Part 1: Personal Connection - 9/27/22


Some people are born almost like a master at communication.  They know how to establish rapport with just about anybody, and they do so in a way that seems so natural and so real.  They can form relationships and be laughing with somebody they met two minutes ago like Read more

Be Proactive without being Pushy - 9/20/22


Delivering great customer service isn’t just about responding and reacting.  It’s also about being proactive.  Developing relationships involves reaching out first, not just extending our hand when somebody reaches out to us. But it’s all too clear that those of us who are in service roles prefer those roles to Read more

Be Kind to Yourself When the Customer Isn’t - 9/13/22


I was having a debrief call with one of my clients recently, and this was regarding a survey of employees who work events.  One of the survey questions asked employees for advice on how to improve the customer experience.  When the employees shared their input on the guest experience, Read more

Being the Emphatic Employee - 9/6/22


Empathy is the key quality of somebody who’s great at customer service.  We talk about it often - what it is, how to convey it, what it looks like, and how it makes the customer feel. But along with knowing how to be empathetic, we also need to know how Read more

The Good, the Really Good, and the Ugly of Customer Service - 8/30/22


Here are three helpful customer service stories.  They may not be from your specific industry, but it’s always good to learn from others. The Good… Paula submitted a ticket to the I.T. vendor.  Below the signature line in the reply she received was the following:  Please share your comments or needs Read more

A Great 2-Minute E-mail - 8/23/22


I know.  You probably get e-mails all the time from customers griping about some aspect of your organization or their experience.  You’ve got too much to do and too little time to do it.  I could not begin to tell you how many times I’ve been told by staff Read more

When They Want to Talk to Your Boss - 8/16/22


“I want to talk to your supervisor.” That’s their opening salvo.  Before you can hardly finish your greeting, the customer is asking for your boss.  This is done by a customer who has tried to get an issue resolved, and it hasn’t worked, so they want to go to somebody Read more

When Passive Voice is a Good Thing - 8/9/22


It’s all your fault, Mr. Customer! We may want to shout it from the rooftops, but other than venting and absolving ourselves of guilt, this wouldn’t help much in the grand scheme of things. We have a customer sitting in front of us or on the phone, and maybe they are Read more

They’re Stressed, So You Can… - 8/2/22


Wow!  That customer looks stressed!  Maybe it’s their body language or their expressions; they could be fidgety or talking really fast. In the past, when we offered guidance in these situations, we focused on how to navigate the conversation step-by-step - what points to cover and what points to avoid. But Read more

Quick Customer Service Technique Tips

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Here are some quick hits for anyone in customer service…

  • To be great a customer service, you have to WANT to be great at customer service. Few people in history have been great without trying, practicing, improving, without WANTING to be great.
  • Did Michael Jordan just want to shoot hoops, or did he want to be great?
  • Did Dale Earnhardt just want to drive, or did he want to win races?
  • Did Abe Lincoln just want to manage, or did he want to lead this country to be better than it was?
  • Did Walt Disney just want to draw, or did he want to entertain in bigger, better, more personalized ways?

So to be great at customer service, make sure you’ve at least mastered these basics as a starting point:

  • Always answer the phone stating your department/organization, your name, and asking a question to start the conversation. A professional greeting should take less than 2 seconds.
  • When a customer is complaining, let them vent, empathize, and apologize or at least say “I’m sorry that happened to you…”
  • When closing a typical conversation, thank them for their business, their question, their inquiry, sharing their concern. Be memorable – in a positive way.
  • Be aware of your tone of voice on the phone – 86% of people judge you on the phone by your voice, not what you say.
  • Be aware of your body language and gestures when you’re face-to-face – 55% of people judge your body language, not your tone or what you say when you’re face-to-face.
  • Read the other person; are they anxious, angry, impatient, happy, upset? Tailor your interaction to address their emotion.
  • View your co-workers as customers. Even if you don’t interact with the consumer, the information or service you provide to your co-worker, the timeliness and attitude with which you provide the information or service – they impact your co-worker’s ability to serve that consumer.

These are a few quick tips to start your week.

Have a great one!

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