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Shift Your Style For Better Communication

October 1, 2021
As a service professional you’ve worked with all kinds of customers — some make quick decisions, while others take more time. Some want a lot of information, others need just an overview. Some want to socialize, others want to get to the point quickly. When you're dealing with a customer whose communication style is similar…Continue reading

 

What’s Your CQ?

August 12, 2021
Everyone is familiar with the concepts of IQ and EQ but what about CQ? According to Nance Guilmartin, author of The Power of Pause, CQ or Communication Quotient is the ability to “speak clearly, listen closely, rephrase with an open mind, and take responsibility — up front — for being understood.” If you have a…Continue reading

 

Paraphrase to Build Customer Rapport

July 30, 2021
There are two ways to paraphrase, says Dianne M. Durkin, a trainer and consultant. One is to listen for and repeat a customer’s key words and phrases. “We all have key words and phrases that we use on a regular basis,” says Durkin. “Listen for these and use them when you respond to a customer’s…Continue reading

 

Resolving Conflicts with Customers

June 17, 2021
For better or worse, conflicts are an everyday occurrence when serving customers. Handling those conflicts skillfully can mean the difference between losing a customer and gaining a long-term partner who knows that you, and your organization, can be counted on. For almost 50 years James Creighton, Ph.D. has been training people to resolve conflict in…Continue reading

 

9 Tips for Moving BACK to the Office

June 4, 2021
Is your team moving back to the office this month? Or next? Randi Freidig, an expert on business relationships, offers the following gentle reminders for getting along in close quarters. Courtesy and respect are the basis for all of her suggestions: Keep your voice low when talking to visitors or on the phoneEnter a coworkers…Continue reading

 

Try Using Reverse Paraphrasing

May 20, 2021
"Reverse paraphrasing" is a technique reps can use to make sure they’ve been understood. Instead of paraphrasing what the customer has said, ask the customer to paraphrase something you have said. Nance Guilmartin, author of The Power of Pause, recommends using this technique when you are passing along important information or instructions, or if you…Continue reading

 

Create a Not-to-Do List

May 7, 2021
Sometimes, the best way to meet customer expectations is by NOT doing certain things. Here are some ideas for creating a personal not-to-do list. A list like this is a useful tool and refresher for starting each day. DO NOT get distracted when talking to customers. DO NOT interrupt before the customer has completed their…Continue reading

 

Create Your Own Success File

April 22, 2021
When your job involves serving customers, you listen to problems and deal with negative situations every day. And, it’s human nature to remember the bad things — lost orders, delayed shipments, incomplete paperwork, and angry customers. To overcome the inevitable slump you may experience from time to time, create a folder (physical or electronic) labeled…Continue reading