2Why is telephone skill important? When you are on the phone with a customer or client, YOU ARE THE SINGLE representative of your organization. In other words,You are OSU Extension!
3“Rules” for Telephone Communication: 1. Treat your telephone visitor as if he or she were present.- When people call your office, as far as they are concerned you are the organization.- If you sound cheerful, clear, and interested, the caller’s attitude toward your organization will be a good one.- Would you play solitaire if a customer was in your office with you?
4How Do Your Rate Your Telephone Voice? Has NeedsVITALITY ____ ____EXPRESSION ____ ____NATURALNESS ____ ____PLEASANTNESS ____ ____INTELLIGIBILITY ____ ____
5How Do You Look When You Talk on the Telephone? The way you look affects the way you soundInterestedNeutralBoredPleasantUnpleasantCalmAgitatedInvolvedDistractedWhen are some times when you have to worry about looking or sounding this this?
6“Rules” for Telephone Communication: 2. When receiving calls:Answer promptly to show that you are alert, courteous, and efficient. (2 rings)Use all 5 parts of the answer (next slide)Use the caller’s name to personalize the message.Listen carefully to avoid asking the caller to repeat.Be tactful and give the impression that you really want to be of assistanceTake helpful messages.Keep and paper and pencil handy.Summarize and feed back the information to the caller for verification.
7Five Parts to Your Answer: SmileWelcome the callerAnnounce the officeIntroduce yourselfLet them know you're here to help them.
8When making acknowledgements… Don’t Say:Better:Yeah or OkayCertainlyWait a minuteDo you mind waiting while I check on that for you?Hold on or Hold the lineWould you like to hold or may I call you back?Just a minuteOne moment please…I’ll find outNo problemYou are very welcome or my pleasure.
9“Rules” for Telephone Communication: 3. When handling complaints by telephone…Convey sincere interest and concernRemain calm and courteousDon’t make promises for othersIf there is a question you cannot answer, or the caller becomes unreasonable, contact your county director and refer the call.Thank the client and close the conversation naturally.Follow through on any questions or complaints.
10When handling difficult customers… Don’t Say:Better:You’ll have to talk to Mr. Smith about that.Mr. Smith handles that. May I transfer you.I don’t know anything about that.I’m sorry. That information is not available through this office.You didn’t talk to me.I didn’t take your call.I’m sorry Mrs. Jones. I will be glad to take care of that for you.You must _____Would it be convenient for you to ____________?
11“Rules” for Telephone Communication: 4. When making a telephone call:Check the level of distraction around you before deciding to make the call.Identify yourself and the Extension office.Clearly state your purpose for calling.Don’t waste time. Have a list of items to be covered.
12“Rules” for Telephone Communication: 5. End the conversation in a positive manner.End on an upbeat note.Summarize any action to be taken.
13When closing… AVOID BETTER All righty Bye ByeYeahOkie DokeSee ya laterBETTERThank you for calling Payne County ExtensionYou’re welcome…have a good day.I will get that report to you in the mail immediately…have a nice afternoon.
14“Rules” for Telephone Communication: 6. Always return missed calls.Within 24 hours is bestAt least within 48 hrsIf you don’t want to talk to them, have some one else call them back.The same applies to s—RESPOND. Even something as simple as “thanks” or “I got it” will work.
15Other things to think about: Leaving a voicKeep them professionalOnce you’ve left a voic , don’t pester. (allow 6-12 hours).Don’t hide behind voicCell phones (business)Turn it off, if possible, during meetingsDo not check for messages during meetingsIf you are expecting an important call, let your client know in advance.