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Chapter 4 Communicating on the Telephone
Learning outcomes Describe the role and responsibilities of the telephonist; Describe a range of telephone systems; Demonstrate how to use the telephone; Respond to incoming calls; Record requests and messages; Promote the venues services and facilities on the telephone; Manage threatening and suspicious calls; and Make outgoing calls.
Who is the telephonist? The telephonist is the person responsible for receiving, transferring and screening incoming calls. Incoming calls may be from people external to the organisation (guests, supplies, staff, etc) or people within the organisation (guests, colleagues etc.). All accommodation services staff require excellent telephone skills.
Toll Free Line Telephone line whereby the venue pays the cost of the incoming calls (on that number/line) Usually only available for calls outside the local area of the venue
Direct Dial Telephone A telephone that allows the user to make calls directly to the required number without telephone operator assistance
What guests expect of the venues telephone system Direct dial (IDD & STD) Message light Voice mail Facsimile Internet
When receiving incoming telephone calls… Know how to use the telephone system in your workplace Be prepared to accept calls (smile, etc) Respond to calls within 3 rings Speak distinctly and into the mouthpiece Concentrate on the what the caller is saying Follow enterprise procedures
Respond to external incoming calls Greet the caller Identify the venue Identify yourself Offer assistance
Respond to internal incoming calls Greet the caller Identify the department Identify yourself Offer assistance
Transferring a call Requires you to connect an incoming call to another extension. Before transferring a call, let the caller know what you are doing.
Placing a call on hold Calls that need to be placed on hold usually have music or a recorded message to listen to. Before placing a call on hold, ask the callers permission. Return to the call within 30 seconds and provide an update on the status of their call.
Screening a call… Means asking the caller who they are and why they are calling before you transfer them to the requested extension.
Taking a message When recording a message, record: – Time of call – Date – Callers name and contact details – Name and room number or department for whom the message is for – Actual message – Your name or initials
Taking a message When you have recorded a message: – Repeat the details back to the caller – Deliver the message in a timely manner
Operator assisted calls Calls that require the telephonist to connect the person placing the call with the person the caller wants to speak to
Emergency procedures Types of emergency calls – Fire – Bombe threat – Illness or accident
Receiving a fires emergency call Ask for the following information: – Exact location of the fire – Nature of the fire (what is burning) – Callers name and location – What action has been taken
Placing an emergency call to the fire department If you need to call the fire department, give detailed information about the fire: – Name of the venue and the exact location in the venue of the fire – Explain the nature of the fire – What action has been taken Answer any additional questions you may receive and follow the instructions given by the fire department
Receiving a bomb threat If you receive a bomb threat: – Remain calm – Dont hang up – Take the call seriously – Question the caller (when, where, how, what, why) – Record the wording of the call – Dont hang up (even if the caller does. The police may be able to trace the call)
Receiving a bomb threat After you have received the bomb threat, immediately: – Alert your supervisor – Call the police
Illness or accident Both guests and staff ay fall sick or be injured. If you receive a call advising of illness or an accident: – Remain calm – Determine the exact nature of the illness or the accident – Record the callers name and room number or department – Let the caller know what action you will take – Contact your supervisor – Contact emergency services where appropriate
Before making outgoing calls… Be familiar with the equipment you are about to use Prepare yourself (locate the number, have pen and paper ready, etc) Put a smile on your face Think about what you are going to say Avoid doing anything else
When making outgoing calls When someone answers the number you call: – Offer a salutation. – Say who you are and where you are from. – Ask to speak to the person you are calling. – When that person receives the call, clearly state the reason for your call.
Expressions to avoid on the telephone Yeah! Gday! Hes out Whats your name? What did you say your name was? Can you speak up? What? Hang on?
Expressions to avoid on the telephone Transferring you. You wanna leave a message? What do you want? Thanks mate! Hang on a minnie!
Expressions to use on the telephone Yes. Good morning/afternoon/evening. Im sorry, hes not available at the moment. Would you mind telling me your name please? Excuse me, could you say your name again please? Im sorry, Im having difficulty hearing you.
Expressions to use on the telephone I beg your pardon? Would you mind holding please? Ill transfer you to her extension. Would you like to leave a message? How can I help you? Thank you for calling