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.


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

Providing Amazing Service

July 19, 2018 — “Excelling in customer service requires more than just showing up,” says Bill Keenan editor of Customer Communicator, the newsletter for frontline reps. “In order to serve customers well, support the service team, and take one’s career to the next level, reps need to stand out,” he says. In the July issue of Customer…To read more — login/sign up

Gathering Feedback to Improve Service and Eliminate Frustrations

May 10, 2018 — Being on the frontline and dealing with customers on a day-to-day basis makes customer service reps the ideal source for gathering some, but not all, types of customer information. John Goodman, vice chairman of Customer Care Measurement & Consulting spoke with Customer Communicator about the four types of information that frontline reps should…To read more — login/sign up

Solutions for Stressful Situations

April 12, 2018 — Customers, coworkers, and personal demands — those are the top three sources of stress for today’s busy customer service professionals. Managing each type of stress requires different strategies, and it’s well worth the effort to fine-tune your stress management skills, says Genella MacIntyre, author of 5 Steps to Reducing Stress. In an…To read more — login/sign up

Award-Winning Rep Shares Advice

February 16, 2018 — Customer Service Reps are often advised to treat each customer as their only customer. Shannon Butler, a customer service representative at Brenntag Southwest takes that advice literally because she has just one very large customer. But whether reps are working with one customer or one hundred, Butler’s advice in this month’s…To read more — login/sign up

Intergenerational Work Tips

February 1, 2018 — In some organizations, there may be as many as five generations interacting in the service center, and they all have different needs, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. “It is important to understand these generational differences, because everyone comes to the party with a different set of expectations,” says Meagan Johnson, “and the…To read more — login/sign up