2Who Is On The PhoneIn most phone conversations, the listener typically cannot see you … your message is communicated by your voice!
3How To Answer The PhoneProper telephone etiquette in a professional business setting begins by stating the company name first followed by a greeting and the name of the individual answering the call.EXAMPLE: “Nordstrom, Good Morning, this is Kelly”If the organization does not require the use of the company name in the greeting, the person answering the phone should identify themselves.EXAMPLE: “Good morning, Jessica Madden speaking” or “Jessica Madden speaking”
4When Others AnswerIf someone else is answering a phone other than their own, the proper etiquette is to answer with a greeting followed by the name of the person for whom the phone is being answered.EXAMPLE: Good afternoon, this is Elizabeth Smith’s office, how may I help you?”Remember that international phone calls may have a lag between the time when someone speaks and the listener can actually hear what was spoken. Be patient and make sure that you allow time for the speaker to finish speaking before you try to speak.
5Speaker Phone WarningIf you place someone on speaker phone, you should inform the individual that he or she is on speaker phone before continuing with a conversation!
6Basic Tips for Business Chats Take note of your voice. Speak clearly.Do not be eating and talking at the same.Always be courteous and respectful. Use please and thank you, and avoid interrupting while the other party is speaking.Avoid answering the phone if about to cough or sneeze.Do not raise your voice.
7Basic Tips for Business Chats Keep personal phone calls out of the office- and keep your private cell phone calls private. Avoid personal calls and discussions in the office!When you are making a call, it is good business phone etiquette to always identify yourself to the first recipient "This is Mary-Kate, May I speak to Nicole Richie please?"If you answer the phone it is not good telephone manners to say "She is not in" without giving a reason. Instead, say something such as, “He is in a meeting, may I please take a message?” OR, “She is out of the office at the moment but I will be happy to leave her a message or put you through to her voice mail.”
8ActivityStudents draw upon their personal experiences and list an example of the following poor customer service experiences they had on the telephone with a business. Give one example for each and briefly state how it made you feel as a customer and how you think the situation SHOULD have been handled.Put on hold for a long timeEmployee did not properly identify the business or themselves when answering the phone.Tone of voice of the business representative was unpleasant or rude.You had a difficult time hearing the business representative or understanding what they were saying.