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TELEPHONE SKILLS First Key to Good Customer Service
Improper Use of the Telephone Can Send Customers Away…for Good! Some examples of improper use are: Excessive ringing before picking up; Voice mail/answering machine; Rude language; Unprofessional transfers; Poor message taking skills Interrupting the caller and, Not listening to the caller.
1.Pick up a ringing phone before the third ring. 2.Answer the phone with a smile on your face and there will be a smile in your voice. 3.Repeat back to the caller the name, telephone number and message to ensure that you have the correct information.
Decide on your greeting; before receiving the call. Can I help you? May I help you? Company name, can I help you? Department name, can I help you? Your name, may I help you?
How to Handle a Late Answer Apologize Im sorry, how can I help you? Do not mumble, speak clearly Do not make an excuse
Speak Like a Normal Person In other words, be yourself Be aware of your telephone voice Be sincere Do not mumble Do not speak in a monotone Do not use the phrase Uh-huh Do not talk to fast Do not talk to slow Do not speak too loud or too softly
The Obvious Donts Dont eat while talking Dont drink while talking Dont cradle the phone on your shoulder Dont slouch at the desk Dont type while talking Dont sound like a robot
Telephone Skills Let the pace of your voice match that of the customer Be careful not to extend your voice beyond what is appropriate for you Put some life in your voice Smile while you are talking
HOME WORK Listen to TV news people Practice while driving to and from work Pay attention to your speech habits for three weeks Then note the changes you want to make
Language Trip-Up Stones Whos Calling? What Da Ya Want? Oh, Really? Wud You Say? Doncha Know? Cant Hear Ya? Speak Up! Bye! Hold on, Ill Switch You Over! And….Never….Never Swear!
Avoid Tacky Transfers Please hold, CLICK! Hold, CLICK! Can ya hold, CLICK! Hello, CLICK! CLICK! Who are you holding for, CLICK! CLICK, CLICK, CLICK
There has to be a better way! If the caller needs to speak to another department, tell them the name of the department, who they need to speak to and the correct department phone number – and then ask if you can transfer them to that department. Always helpful, always courteous.
Dont Mangle the Message! Be prepared to write any message Understand the needs of the people you take messages for Work out a consistent approach to the task of message taking Make sure all words are spelled correctly; all numbers are written correctly – BEFORE you end the phone call
A Good Message Contains: 1.Callers name (ask for spelling) 2.Callers phone number (verify) 3.Company name (if applicable) 4.Date and time of call 5.Callers message (if the caller wants to leave a message) 6.Your name
Return Your Phone Calls Its appropriate Its professional Its mannerly Its polite Its the RIGHT thing to do!
DO NOT INTERRUPT THE CALLER Possibly the biggest error either on the phone or face to face! People do not like to be interrupted! Intentional or not, it can be a major insult!
The Angry Customer You should be patient You should be a good listener You should apologize You do not have take verbal abuse or let the customer swear at you – turn this over to your supervisor! Immediately!
SUMMARY Ten Rules of Phone Courtesy 1.Answer the phone promptly 2.Speak in your normal voice 3.Watch your language 4.Avoid tacky transfers 5.Dont mangle the message 6.Return your phone calls 7.Dont interrupt 8.Appease the angry customer 9.Make sure there is a happy ending 10.LISTEN