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Delivering Bad News to Customers

March 31, 2022
Everyone has to deliver bad news at one time or another. And it's never fun. To make the task easier, try these ideas from trainer Andrea Nierenberg of the Nierenberg Group: Do it quickly. If you string customers along, they will only become stressed and distrustful. This affects your organization’s reputation and its ongoing relationship…Continue reading


How to Handle Nosy Questions

March 17, 2022
It’s happened to every customer service rep. A customer you've worked with, and built a nice rapport with, asks a question that feels too personal, or just plain nosy. The best way to deal with this situation, says Maralee McKee, head of The Etiquette School of America, is to make it clear that there are…Continue reading


Sharing a Customer’s Grief

March 3, 2022
When you work in customer service, you will occasionally encounter customers who are ill or who have received bad news concerning themselves or others. It’s never easy to know what to say or do in these situations. Oftentimes, more is less. A few simple words can be more powerful than a long, drawn out expression…Continue reading


Body Language Matters, Even on the Phone

February 3, 2022
Body language is essential when working with customers face-to-face. But even on the phone, body language is important, says Sharon Sayler, the author of What Your Body Says (And How to Master the Message). "We should be aware of our own body language because we send messages unconsciously all the time, even over the phone. And…Continue reading


Welcome New Customers

January 13, 2022
Customer service reps who are "welcomers" make people feel important, appreciated, and valued as a customer and as a person. But not everyone is a natural welcomer. If you fall into that category, be alert to opportunities to welcome new customers to your organization. Richard R. Shapiro, author of The Welcomer Edge says that there are certain…Continue reading


Tips for Returning to the Office

December 16, 2021
Service teams often work in very close quarters. If that’s your situation, then you’ve probably learned that it takes very little to get on someone else’s nerves. To ensure that you’re a good neighbor, pay attention to the following rules of "cubicle courtesy" from Robert Half, the human resources consulting firm. Be a courteous guest.…Continue reading


Break These Bad Listening Habits

December 9, 2021
\n \n \n \n \n"Hearing without listening happens all the time in business relationships," says Joe Takash, author of Results Through Relationships. "And we’ve all been guilty of this in one way or another. Maybe we’re preoccupied and not really paying attention to what the other person is saying. Maybe we’re busy preparing what we are…Continue reading


Reps Get Crafty to Reduce Holiday Stress

December 3, 2021
Researchers have found that crafting and hobbies can relieve stress as much as meditation, deep breathing, and other relaxation techniques. And during the hectic holiday season stress management is essential to serving customers well. Nancy Monson, author of Craft to Heal: Soothing Your Soul with Sewing, Painting, and Other Pastimes, recommends familiar needle crafts for…Continue reading