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.

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Breeze Through the Holiday Season

November 29, 2018
November 29, 2018 — For customer service reps, this can be a fast-paced time both professionally and personally. Staying calm and powering through the final stretch of the year will help service teams accomplish more on both fronts. In the November issue of Customer Communicator, the newsletter for frontline reps, Kathy Gruver, author of Conquer Your…To read more — login/sign up


Support Customers and Coworkers

November 15, 2018
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


Stamp Out the Deadly Customer Service Sins

November 1, 2018
November 1, 2018 — Apathy/boredom, the brush-off, coldness, condescension, robotism, the rulebook, the runaround, and the tune-out are the "eight sins of customer service," says Deborah J. Schmidt, a customer loyalty consultant and author. Not surprisingly, these sins are common to many service centers. They’re attitudes and behaviors that reps adopt to help them deal…To read more — login/sign up


The Right Attitude Matters

August 2, 2018
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
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
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


Award Winning Reps Share Their Stories

April 26, 2018
April 26, 2018 — Every other month, Customer Communicator shares the story of one extraordinary frontline rep. Together, their experiences form a picture of exactly what it takes to provide exemplary customer service. In the past few months, Heather Cruit has shown how stepping outside of the box leads to creative solutions for customers. Shannon Butler talked…To read more — login/sign up


Solutions for Stressful Situations

April 12, 2018
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