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Tell Em What You CAN Do

One of the most abrupt and shocking forbidden phrases you can say to a customer is, “We can’t do that.” These words close the door on the customer’s request as quickly as does its close cousin  — “That’s our policy.” Everyone has heard the “We can’t” phrase before, and we’ve heard it used in situations in which we could imagine a reasonable alternative.

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Posted in Basic Communication Skills, Communication Skills, Communication Skills Training, Customer Loyalty Training, Customer Retention Training, Customer Service Communication, Customer Service Tips, Customer Service Training, Email Etiquette, Telephone Doctor Blog

Free Customer Service eBook

Hidden Gems BookDealing with customers requires a specific mentality and skill set.  Equipping your staff with the proper tools to best navigate service situations will raise customer satisfaction levels, lower employee stress and improve bottom line results.  This complimentary eBook is loaded with proven service tips, relationship skills and sales techniques to help your team deliver world-class service.

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Posted in Communication Skills, Communication Skills Training, Conflict Resolution, Customer Service Communication, Free Customer Service Tips, Help Desk Training, Hospitality Service Training, Inbound Call Centers, Telephone Doctor Blog, Telephone Technique, Telephone Training

6 Ways To Improve Listening Skills

by Nancy Friedman

Do you know what the number one skill in sales and service is?

I gave you a hint in the title. Listening skills.Listening Skills from Telephone Doctor

Doesn’t everyone know how to LISTEN? Sort of. Most of us ‘hear’ just fine but truly listening requires more effort? Are there any methods, tricks, ideas, tips or techniques to make us better listeners?

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Posted in Business Communication, Call Center Training, Client Relationship, Communication Skills, Communication Skills Training, Customer Service Tips, Customer Service Training, Inbound Call Centers, Listening Skills Training, Personnel Training, Phone Skills Training, Telephone Doctor Blog, Telephone Technique, Telephone Technique Training

ASAP Technique For Diffusing Angry Customers

by Nancy Friedman
Nancy Friedman the Telephone DoctorIf you spend time in a customer facing position there’s a high probability you’ll encounter customers who are upset, rude, angry and irate. For some of us it’s thankfully a rare event and for others it’s a daily occurrence.

Having a solid strategy in place to handle these situations will be the difference between feeling frustrated and stressed out OR calmly guiding the situation back to a productive relationship.

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Posted in Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution, Customer Service Challenges, Customer Service Excellence, Difficult Customer Training, Difficult Customers, Diffusing Irate Customers, Telephone Doctor Blog

Back To Basics

By Nancy Friedman, President, Speaker, Telephone Doctor Customer Service

My entire career has been focused on developing ways to help companies communicate better with their customers.

Back To Basics Blog ImageEach year we run this popular article as a reminder for all.

Great customer service is sought by most everyone. Businesses go out of their way to give good customer service.

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Posted in Basic Communication Skills, Basic Workplace Communication, Call Center Training, Client Relationship, Communication Skills, Customer Interactions Training, Customer Service Communication, Customer Service Etiquette, Free Customer Service Articles, Free Customer Service Tips, Keynote Speaker, Telephone Doctor Blog

10 Things Your Customers Won’t Tell You

By Nancy Friedman, The Telephone Doctor

Most business owners know that customers will walk – take their business elsewhere if they’re not treated as they’d like to be. But how does a business owner or manager find out what the customer really likes or dislikes?

Well, your customers have told us what they may not tell you.

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Posted in Business Communication, Business Etiquette, Client Relationship, Communication Skills, Customer Interactions Training, Customer Service Challenges, Customer Service Communication, Customer Service Etiquette, Customer Service Excellence, Customer Service Tips, Customer Service Training, Free Customer Service Articles, Telephone Doctor Blog

Tips To Improve Customer Service

If you can train your customer service representatives to substitute five common forbidden sentences with positive, smart replacements, they’ll turn disgruntled customers into satisfied clients.

For instance, one forbidden response is, “I don’t know” Replace this with “That’s a good question, let me check and find out!”

 

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Posted in Basic Communication Skills, Call Center Training, Call Center Training Programs, Client Relationship, Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution, Customer Service Training, Telephone Doctor Blog

Memos from the Chairman – Ace Greenberg

Many years ago, Alan (Ace) Greenberg sent me a complimentary autographed copy of his new book,Memos from the Chairman. I was curious as to why he would do that – having never met him… but his note was paper clipped to a page which explained why he did.

Telephone Doctor Customer Service TrainingThe page he paperclipped was an article I had written a few months earlier that ran nationwide.(In this case “the Chicago Sun Times – Phone Dr.

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Posted in Client Relationship, Communication Skills, Customer Service Tips, Customer Service Training, Employee Satisfaction, Keynote Speaker, Team Building, Telephone Doctor Blog

Shopping Habits of the Millennial Generation

by Jared Grafman

The vast majority of music and news businesses failed to adapt with the Millennial generation. As a result, the two industries are still, today, rebuilding essentially from scratch. Why did those businesses fail? What makes Millennials so different from Generation X or Baby Boomers?

Millenial Generation telephone doctor service expectations Not much beyond technology.

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Posted in Basic Communication Skills, Business Communication, Communication Skills, Communication Skills Training, Customer Service Challenges, Customer Service Tips, Difficult Customer Training, Retail Customer Service Tips, Retail Service Training, Team Building

Effective Communication Skills

STOP TELLING CUSTOMERS HOW GREAT YOU ARE…..AND START SHOWING THEM! 

If you’re in the business of satisfying customers, the only thing that matters is what you DO

It’s almost a cliche to see and hear organizations advertise to prospective customers about how great their service is. As if somehow, great customer service were just that…bragging about how much you care.

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Posted in Basic Communication Skills, Business Communication, Call Center Training, Communication Skills, Communication Skills Training, Live Support Customer Service, Retail Customer Service Tips, Retail Service Training, Workplace Communication