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Create Your Own Success File

April 22, 2021
When your job involves serving customers, you listen to problems and deal with negative situations every day. And, it’s human nature to remember the bad things — lost orders, delayed shipments, incomplete paperwork, and angry customers. To overcome the inevitable slump you may experience from time to time, create a folder (physical or electronic) labeled…Continue reading

 

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How to Deal with A Bully

April 8, 2021
Unfortunately, there are the customers who try to dominate a service call from the start. They want to control the situation and intimidate the rep into giving them what they want. They can be rude and manipulative — and they assume that the only way to produce results is by threatening. What can you do?…Continue reading

 

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Try the Can-Can Instead of Saying “No”

March 26, 2021
No one wants to hear the word "No." And with service consultant Richard Gallagher’s can-can approach you can say "no" without ever uttering that dreaded word. Here’s how it works: The can-can is a two part response in which you acknowledge what you can acknowledge and offer what you can offer. For instance, if you were working in a retail setting…Continue reading

 

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Listen for Unspoken Needs

March 11, 2021
Have you ever done everything a customer asked - yet they don’t seem satisfied? Unfortunately, it’s a common problem. The cause, say service consultants Karen Leland and Keith Bailey, is that customers don’t tell you everything they need. "Customers do ask for what they want, but they have basic needs that they don’t ask for.…Continue reading

 

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Customer Communicator, March 2021

March 1, 2021

  • Are you prepared for these customer service problems?
  • Prevent repetitive strain injuries 
  • Pop Quiz
  • Service News: A monthly roundup
  • Ask the Panel: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned during the pandemic?
  • Do you start each day deliberately?
  • Unpack customer expectations
  • Tap into the energy of enthusiasm
  • Personal touch means a lot
  • Make your customers feel at home
  • SkillSharpener
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4 Seconds to Service Success

February 25, 2021
It was once widely accepted that a customer’s opinion of a service provider was formed in the first four minutes of their interaction. "Not true," says Lillian Glass, Ph.D., author of Attracting Terrific People. "Forget the first four minutes — now it’s the first four seconds." How can you use those first few seconds to make…Continue reading

 

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Think Kindness, Compassion and Gratitude

February 12, 2021
2020 is finally in our rearview mirror. One year ago, in February, no one anticipated the way that life would change for all of us just a few short weeks later. If there is one thing that we have learned from the past year, says Patrick S. Malone, Ph.D. it is "e;the importance of compassion…Continue reading

 

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Keep the QTIP Principle in Mind

January 29, 2021
Have you ever been provoked into letting your emotions loose on a customer? Getting defensive may be an automatic, human reaction to a caller who pushes your buttons, but it’s not a professional one. "As soon as you start taking it personally, you’ll mishandle the situation," says customer service trainer Joan Fox. "You can say…Continue reading

 

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The Year in Customer Service, 25 Tips and Counting

January 14, 2021
Over the past 12 months, Service Starters has brought you dozens of tips for service professionals. They have covered everything from at your desk exercises, to managing empathy fatigue, to techniques for service recovery. If you’ve missed any of them during this hectic year, they are online now. You’ll even find our five favorite posts:…Continue reading

 

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