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Putting Customers on Hold, The Right Way

April 16, 2020
No one likes being put on hold, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. Especially when you’re working with reduced staff. Keep these tips in mind for a smooth transition to hold. Tip #1. Offer a reasonExplain why you need to put the customer on hold. For example, "I need to call the shipping department" or "I’d like…Continue reading

 

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Controlling Fear is Crucial in Trying Times

April 9, 2020
April 9, 2020 — As the coronavirus pandemic disrupted everyday life and roiled the U.S. economy, coach Mike Staver was reminded of the importance of understanding human neurology. Much like the coronavirus, fear is a highly contagious state of being, Staver says. With restaurants, stores, and offices closing down, it’s all too easy to be…Continue reading

 

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Let Customers Know They Are Heard

March 26, 2020
March 26, 2020 — When a customer provides feedback, no matter how negative, they are providing a valuable opportunity for improvement. And they want to know that they have been heard. On a personal level, it’s important for reps to respond to complaints with expressions of empathy and understanding such as acknowledging the customer’s feelings…Continue reading

 

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Stamp Out Jargon and Tech Talk

March 12, 2020
March 12, 2020 — Internally you probably use technical jargon when discussing service issues. But to customers those words and phrases may be unclear and off-putting, creating a barrier between you and the customer. The first step to reducing the use of technical jargon is simply to recognize it when you hear it. Next, try…Continue reading

 

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Make Time to Laugh

February 27, 2020
February 27, 2020 — Humor really is the best medicine when it comes to stress management. But there are even more benefits to humor in the service center. Karyn Buxman, a speaker, author, and neurohumorist explains the three functions of humor and how everything from a belly-laugh to a shared smile can improve customer service.…Continue reading

 

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Question: Is it just me or does everyone feel like they’re doing more and more training all the time?

Answers from frontline reps — Coworkers share knowledge. In order to remain relevant in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world, service centers should strive to foster cultures of continual learning and agility.  Here’s how we ensure that everyone is current with their skills. Teams meet weekly to review major and upcoming changes. Team members periodically take initiative…Continue reading

 

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