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1 The Art of Intentional Customer Service Atlantic HR Conference Speaker: Paula Morand October 2, 2008





6 You can’t promise your customers sunny weather, but you can promise to hold an umbrella over them when it rains. Anonymous

7 Who is your Customer?

8 Customer Service Answering questions Solving problems Untangling Corporate Logjams Fixing what’s broken and finding what’s lost. Soothing the irate and reassuring the timid Pulling a rabbit out of your hat.

9 To the Customer YOU are the Company. Customer relations is an integral part of your job – not an extension of it. William B. Martin

10 What Customers Expect Start with asking yourself these questions. 1.What do my customers want from me and from my company? 2. How do support areas work to serve my customers? 3.What are the details – little things – that make a big difference in my customer’s satisfaction.

11 If you don’t have customers, you don’t have a job!

12 Key Service Skills Customer’s evaluate service quality on 5 factors.

13 The RATER Factors Reliability Assurance Tangibles Empathy Responsiveness

14 The RELIABILITY Factor The ability to provide what was promised, dependably and accurately.

15 The Service Promise 1.Organizational Commitments 2.Common Expectations 3. Personal Promises

16 The ASSURANCE Factor The knowledge and courtesy you show to customers, and your ability to convey trust, competence and confidence. Consistent, high quality service boils down to two equally important things – caring and competence. Service Wisdom

17 How do we reassure our Customers? Product Knowledge Company Knowledge Listening Skills Problem Solving Skills Extra Points for Style

18 The TANGIBLE Factor The physical facilities and equipment, and your own (and other’s) appearance.

19 From the customer’s point of view, if they can see it, walk on it, hold it, hear it, step in it, smell it, carry it, step over it, touch it, use it, even taste it, if they can feel it or sense it, it’s customer service. Super America Training Program

20 First impressions are the most lasting

21 The EMPATHY Factor The degree of caring and individual attention you show your customers.

22 Empathy vs Sympathy

23 Sympathy Identifying with and even taking on another person’s emotions. Empathy Acknowledging and affirming another’s emotional state.

24 The RESPONSIVENESS Factor The willingness to help customers promptly.

25 Customer expectations of service organizations are loud and clear; look good, be responsive, be reassuring through courtesy and competence, be empathetic but most of all, be reliable. Do what you said you would do. Keep the service promise. Dr. Leonard Berry Researcher, Texas A&M University

26 Research shows that the most frustrating aspect of waiting is not knowing how long the wait will be.

27 Managing Customer Expectations Failing to meet a customer expectation has the same impact as breaking any other promise.

28 Don’t fix the blame. Fix the problem. - Japanese saying

29 Getting Results The Satisfaction Equation Show that you CARE and Mean it!

30 What is Your MISSION?

31 6 STEPS to delivering Superior Customer Service is through CARING

32 C OURTEOUS - courtesy and gracious good manners. Webster’s Dictionary “If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers it shows he is a citizen of the world"- Francis Bacon

33 Perhaps the best reason to be honest with your customers is that it allows you to be honest with yourself. LOVING POLITE HONEST KIND CIVIL CONSIDERATE MANNERLY POLISHED THOUGHTFUL

34 Ways to be Courteous ♥ Smile♥ Eye Contact ♥ Listen & Watch♥ Empathetic ♥ Be Aware♥ Appropriate ♥ Language♥ Body Language ♥ Clarify♥ Stay Calm ♥ Validate ♥ Restate

35 Handling Customer Complaints WAYS TO MAKE the CUSTOMER RIGHT 1.Clarify the problem 2.Validate their feelings. 3.Look for teaching opportunities. 4.Believe your customers.

36 Handling Customer Complaints Customers respect HONESTY Instead of saying NO – ask questions. Give TRUST and you will get it double in return.


38 What are you noticing? ……. And what are you missing? In face to face situations at least 70 percent of what is communicated is done without speaking a word.


40 How you feel about yourself in your job is as important to your personal self-esteem as the way you feel about yourself as a parent, a spouse or a friend.

41 Dealing with Irate Customers Stay Calm Safety first Validate feelings Vent and Release Collaborate on the Solution


43 Building TRUST Practice frequent communication Stick with the truth Develop Openness Show warmth Show confidence KEEP YOUR PROMISES

44 Service Recovery and Building Trust Apologize – Acknowledge the problem. Listen, Empathize and ask Open Questions Fix the problem, quickly and fairly Offer Atonement “I want to make it up to you” Follow-up Remember : Keep your promises

45 Loyalty Builders Listening is a Skill – Use it! Barriers to Good Listening ► Noise ► Interruptions ► Daydreaming ► Technology ► Stereotypes ► Attitude ► Trigger Words and phrases

46 Loyalty Builders Background Questions Probing Questions Confirmation Questions Ask Intelligent Questions


48 How can you involve your customer in solving their problem? When the customer feels vulnerable, trust is imperative. Leonard L. Berry Service Expert

49 Leveraging Your Service Understand the rules of your organization Manage your stress

50 Loyalty Opportunities Make the Commitment to CARE Be a FANTASTIC Fixer Work in a spirit of PARTNERSHIP Politeness goes far and costs nothing.

51 Superior Customer Service is in the DETAILS. Everything counts Never stop learning Ask your customers Ask your co-workers

52 Consumers are statistics. Customers are people. Stanley Marcus Megatrends


54 No job is important enough to lie for, no paycheck big enough to compensate for feeling bad about the treatment of another human being.

55 10 Stress Reducers 1. Breathe 2. Smile 3. Laugh 4. Let it Out 5. Take a one minute vacation 6. Relax 7. Do desk aerobics 8. Organize 9. Talk Positive 10. Take a health break 11. Work/Life Balance


57 Thank you…Thank you… Thank you….and Thank-You!!!! Fozzie Bear Three ways to say Thank-You 1.Verbally 2. In Writing 3. With a gift

58 The Five Forgotten Thank You’s Thank your Co-workers Thank your boss Thank people in other departments Thank your vendors or outside customers Thank Yourself. Gratitude is not only the greatest virtue but the mother of all the rest.

59 Putting It All Together Return to your Mission Commit to CARING Collaboration and Partnership Stay Calm


61 The Results In a 100 person outfit, taking into account normal vacations, holidays etc… that would mean 24,000 new courteous acts per year.

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