Service Starters

Twice each month Service Starters brings you techniques for improving service skills and boosting moral, motivation, and productivity. You may read past issues in chronological order and search for key topics. Free sign up is required.


Service Recovery

January 24, 2019 — Getting the apology right can make the difference in service recovery. In the January issue of Customer Communicator, the newsletter for frontline customer service reps, experts weigh in with recommendations for successful service recovery. Their techniques include a well-worded apology. But not all apologies are created equal. Recent research finds that the…To read more — login/sign up

The Year in Customer Service

December 27, 2019 — Every other week we post the summary of an article from Customer Communicator. Over the course of the year we’ve covered everything from building rapport with customers, to maintaining a positive attitude, to saying “no” the right way. To wrap up the year, we’re highlighting five of our favorite posts. Timely and…To read more — login/sign up

Support Customers and Coworkers

November 15, 2018 — When you spend your days supporting customers, coworkers can sometimes be overlooked. But service skills trainer Kirk Miller says that productivity and job satisfaction will increase and stress levels will decrease when the service team is mutually supportive. In the November issue of Customer Communicator, the newsletter for frontline service professionals, Miller…To read more — login/sign up

The Right Attitude Matters

August 2, 2018 — In a busy service department, with many competing demands, it is not always easy for frontline reps to remain happy, upbeat, and positive. Fortunately, service consultant JoAnna Brandi has identified several ways that reps can maintain a positive attitude and keep customers happy. It all starts with Steps 1 and 2…To read more — login/sign up