This website has been around for over 8 years and has had hundreds of thousands of visitors. In this time I have learned one of the most popular and useful customer service training tools is also one of the most simple. People have told me again and again what they find useful are short tips, quotes, ideas and suggestions on how they can improve their customer service skills. So, I have created another free resource with this in mind. It’s called: 62 Amazing Customer Service Tips & Quotes It’s a compilation of 31 inspirational and motivational customer service quotes and […]
Customer Service Skills
Tips, books, articles and other training guides to help you improve customer service skills. These are useful for individual customer facing employees and managers, supervisors and team leads who want to help their employees polish and sharpen their customer service skills.
Last week I was interviewed by Daniel Bortz, a writer for Entrepreneur.com. He asked my opinion on some things small businesses can do to keep their customers coming back. The ideas in his article focused on tactics that most small businesses can do and can be made easier using technology tools. The suggestions centered on connecting with your customer and understanding what they want from you and your business. Our daily, routine interactions with customers give us opportunities to know them better and to communicate with them better. But we have to make the effort. We have to pay attention. […]
Recently we had a new water softener and heater installed. And though I enjoy the good feeling I get from improving our home, I loathe the process. I feel this way because too many retailers and contractors have made it a horrible experience for customers. From “bait and switch” advertisements to aggressive up-selling to the cliched service scheduler who proudly announces their installers will be there between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Ugh! But some big box stores have changed the rules. Best Buy is one example. We’ve bought our last two sets of washers and dryers there. Every time […]
A while back I attended a seminar geared toward helping us manage change better in our organizations. One of the many things worth remembering from that day is a phrase from Larry Wilson: The natural state of communication is misunderstanding. At first I didn’t understand what Larry meant. Lucky for me he continued to explain. What he said was we typically misunderstand more of what we hear than we actually understand. We might think we know what the other person meant but often we don’t. An example: A friend of mine works at a manufacturer where the boss let it […]
Our Amazing customer service resource for this week is a post at the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur called: “60 Customer Service Tips for Entrepreneurs”. It was written by TPE’s Mike Michalowicz but actually consists of tips from dozens of bright people. Here are a few of my favorites: 4. Be You, Not a Script – Get off the script—LISTEN and respond to what’s really going on. -Shel Horowitz 7. Don’t Make ‘Em Wait – Never keep a customer on hold for more than 30 seconds. If you are going to need to leave them on hold for more than that amount […]
Last week AT&T showed why you should hire people who care. Their customer service employee literally saved her customer’s life. Now Winn-Dixie is schooling us in the fine art of going the extra mile for your customers. Recently, employees in their Stuart, FL store helped two of their customers avoid losing almost $3000 as victim of a con artist. As the couple was about to send $2796 to supposedly get their grandson out of jail, the Winn-Dixie employees got involved. “Clerks at the store heard the story and persuaded her to delay sending the money until the story could be […]
Last weekend I spoke at the Ensemble Travel Group 2009 International Conference. It was held at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Banff, Alberta. This week I will be sharing some of my experiences there and using them as examples of how we can all increase customer loyalty by improving customer service. For now, I’ll start with a short video. This was an interview we did before I spoke. The Ensemble Team made wonderful use of technology to capture and deliver learning throughout the conference.
Here is your Daily Dose of Amazing Service: To improve customer service skills coach your peers And here are some additional thoughts on this topic… One of the best things about coaching is that when we help others by coaching we learn as much, if not more, than they do. By focusing on helping and doing so by asking questions, we boost our learning and retention power many times. This is true for customer service too. We can improve our own skills, motivation and performance by helping our co-workers improve theirs. But we need to do it by gentle coaching […]
One of the best ways to increase revenue and profits in a tough economy is to get more new customers who are already sold on your product, service or brand. These customers can be hugely profitable because they require very little marketing or sales costs. By the time they reach your door they have already heard good things about your business and they are interested in learning more. If handle them right a high percentage will become customers with little effort on your part. Here are seven things you can do to increase customer referrals at your business. They’re not […]
Here is your Daily Dose of Amazing Service: Focus on what you control. Don’t worry about the rest. And here are some additional thoughts on this topic… Every day we are faced with customer service situations we do not control. The key is to know what we can do and how it might affect the outcome we want. We need to remember the end result is not our choice. It’s the customer’s choice. But they will decide based on a lot of things, like how they felt we treated them and how well we resolved their issue.