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Reality Check: Are your customers channels or people?

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I’m cursed. Are you? For years I fell into a trap that I see many in the contact center industry fall in to. It’s the trap of managing workflow for efficiency. I need to be careful not to manage queues of interactions because that’s how it’s always been done.

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12 Ways To Show Some Love To Supervisors

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80% of contact center agents leave because of their relationship with their immediate supervisor. But with all relationships, it’s much better to give first – so that you shall receive. Follow these tips for building a better relationship with your Supervisor.

The Modern Call Center School for Supervisors | 12 Things to Know

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The world of talent development and adult learning has changed dramatically over the past few years. And leading contact centers are modernizing their learning to keep pace. They realize they must modernize or risk losing their next generation of frontline leaders to other opportunities.

Tear Apart and Put Together Your New Contact Center

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Flexibility is often an innocently misunderstood element in the contact center technology evaluation criteria. Afterall, unless you’re evaluating and implementing a wide-array of contact center technology as part of your everyday job, it’s just impossible to keep up with.

To Text or To Talk? Understanding Customer Care Preferences for Voice and Digital Channels

As customer care channels continue to evolve and expand, there’s been a lot of debate about which channels customers actually prefer to interact with brands. Based on a recent Harris Poll, learn why consumers choose one channel over another, and how common frustrations with specific channels drive consumers to pick alternatives.

Two Factors Make It Easy for Contact Center Chat

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The contact center industry can seem very fragmented at times. One thing that we must remember is there are new contact centers being opened all of the time, and in a wide range of industries. When considering live chat the same thing is true.

Declaring Victory in the War on Contact Center Agent Performance

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Some wars seem to rage on forever. Whether you’re fighting the battle to stop eating that dessert you love that’s bad for you, or you continuously battle a war with contact center agent performance, it’s time for you to enjoy the sweet taste of victory.

How to Get the Greatest Agent Training ROI

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Contact center agent training can be a very big expenditure for a lot of organizations. For contact centers that experience higher agent turnover the expenditure is obviously much higher than for those with lower turnover.

ALERT: Leadership Training for Supervisors Is Being Disrupted

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Most all contact center executives know they need to respond aggressively to the fact that we are in a state of massive transformation and disruption in the marketplace. The contact center has been targeted as a pivotal organizational component in this age of disruption that we live in.

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Penny Reynolds Leads Seminar on Supervisor Performance with Call Center Coach

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There are people in the contact center industry that have more than persevered, they have thrived and positively impacted thousands of people along the way. Penny Reynolds, co-founder of The Call Center School, is one of those people in the contact center industry.

Humans and Bots: How to blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth

Join Genesys for this webinar to learn how leading companies are using blended AI to drive customer intimacy and revenue growth.

The Most Unlikely Source Is Blocking Contact Center Transformation

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Change is hard, especially in the contact center industry. The humor of this eye-opener is that those of us in the contact center profession are supposed to be in the business of helping meet the needs of our ever-changing customer expectations.

How Top Brands Are Winning with Engaging Social Media Experiences

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With social media your customers are having experiences on their own terms. They are in control. All of their experiences add up to their interpretation of your brand, product and service.

Contact Center Technology Finally Enables You to Be Customer Centric

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Do you remember that joyous feeling when the thing preventing you from having an easier life was removed? Can you remember what it feels like when the elephant that was sitting on your chest finally gets up?

An often unseen yet vital customer experience element

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Can you hear me? Can you see me? Is it your problem or my problem? Is anyone willing to own the problem? Well, without any visibility into your contact center’s network performance, your answer is a resounding and overwhelming…NO!

6 Killer Applications for Artificial Intelligence in the Customer Engagement Contact Center

If Artificial Intelligence for businesses is a red-hot topic in C-suites, AI for customer engagement and contact center customer service is white hot. This white paper covers specific areas in this domain that offer potential for transformational ROI, and a fast, zero-risk way to innovate with AI.

Why Are Contact Centers Cancelling Supervisor Training?

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We all know that frontline supervisors are not successful because they were your best agents. They need to be developed. And forward-thinking organization know this.

Contact Center Supervisor Training – Contact Center Fitness Boot Camp

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Supervisor training with Call Center Coach’s virtual boot camps can take on a variety of developmental areas.

This Is What Destroys Contact Center Morale

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Your company culture is on the wall, written in your mission statement, part of the company vision, it’s in your core values and it’s communicated. And this is what destroys contact center morale? It is a problem if your leaders do not live out these perceived commitments through their behaviors.

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What’s the difference between customer service and customer experience?

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Sadly, Bill Gessert passed away suddenly on October 3 rd , 2018 – leaving behind his beloved wife, Lisa and four adult children and five grandsons. It’s was a complete honor to have had Bill on my podcast The Fast Leader Show.

Artificial Intelligence and the Customer Experience

There's no denying that Artificial Intelligence is popping up everywhere in consumers' daily lives. But in the world of customer care, getting AI right - deploying it in a way that helps customers get things done quicker and easier, removing frustrations and roadblocks - is easier said than done. This eBook will teach you how to use AI to improve the customer experience, while significantly cutting costs for your business.

Are contact centers making the right chatbot decisions?

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When you’re thinking about making the decision to implement chatbots in your contact center, how should you start? A very important thing to think about is your desired business outcome. Doing this helps you to set a target to reach.

Why Do Contact Center Agents Stay?

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Regardless of the economic cycle, turnover can be a problem for a lot of contact centers. Whether it’s just retaining any person to be in your contact center or just those high performers. Turnover is something that all of us need to do a better job of managing, but how do you do that?

How Do Your Call Center Supervisors Compare?

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To assure alignment and execution of your contact center business plans, perhaps the single most important ingredient is the effectiveness of your fronltine supervisors.

5 Teams Coca-Cola Created That Blows the Top Off Employee Engagement

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Contact centers are built on processes and systems that need to be managed and led. Because of the rapid pace of work and unforgiving workloads that come, they need to be effective and high-caliber, including employee engagement.

The Health of the Contact Center: Are You Ready for 2019?

A survey of 1,000 contact center professionals reveals what it takes to improve agent well-being in a customer-centric era. This report is a must-read for contact center leaders preparing to engage agents and improve customer experience in 2019.

With gratitude for YOU!

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As 2018 draws to a close and you reflect on the year, I want to express my deepest gratitude for YOU – the friends and supporters of Call Center Coach.

Forgotten Yet Key Source for Contact Center Best Practices

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I’ve been very fortunate to have gained different perspectives in the contact center industry. I’m so grateful for my frontline experience, but I also realize that since those days, I’ve been able to experience a significantly broader perspective on the entire industry.

Contact Center Agent to Supervisor Success Path

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CLICK HERE for large image. Being able to accelerate the path from successful contact center agent to supervisor success is a top priority in the contact center industry. Some may contend it’s always been a priority. But now we could be entering a crisis scenario.

Why the best contact centers ignore survey scores

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I believe in the human spirit and that we can overcome some of the most difficult obstacles with the proper mindset and approach. When it comes to improving survey scores, most contact centers have way too many obstacles and paths in front of them, so they need to learn to take a path less traveled.

The Challenges of Omnichannel: Why so Many Contact Centers Struggle with Digital Self-Service

To find how contact centers are navigating the transition to omnichannel customer service, Calabrio surveyed more than 1,000 marketing and customer experience leaders in the U.S. and U.K. about their digital customer communication strategies. Read the report to find out what was uncovered.

What is your top customer service tip?

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Top Customer Service Influencers Give Top Customer Service Tips. Recently Fit Small Business asked a group of the top customer service influencers about their top customer service tips. I was fortunate enough to be chosen and among a list of people I admire.

8 Vital Lessons from an Award-winning Supervisor

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Adriana Thompson – Contact Center Supervisor of the Year 2018. Adriana Thompson was confronted with a challenge that so many frontline leaders in contact centers face. How to become a better leader when the path to success is not so visibly clear. 59% of frontline supervisors in contact centers were formerly agents (Source: ICMI). And like me, when you obtain the position, the excitement is rapidly met with anxiety because 99.9%

Blinded Forever or Is Customer Effort Saved by AI Visibility

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From a customer effort standpoint, you’re blind. Your biggest source of insight data is not visible. It’s estimated that as much as 80% of the world’s data is locked up in the voice conversation.

Contact Center Quality is NOT a Score: Stop Using Checkboxes

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Contact center quality is transforming just like many other aspects of contact center operations. Good thing!

3 Important Things A Chatbot Can’t Do (But an IVA Can)

Chatbots are becoming increasingly popular, but it’s important to remember that they’re only as smart as the technology behind them. Download this Interactions LLC eBook to learn more about chatbots and how to select automated customer care technology for your company.

My Obsessive Compulsive Path to 200 Podcast Episodes

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It’s Thanksgiving (here in the US) and I’m so thankful. I just released my 200th episode of the Fast Leader Show. Thanks to the Fast Leader Legion and all of my guests. When I started podcasting in 2015 I was worried I would be like so many other that start podcasting.

Contact Center Supervisor Training – Virtual Boot Camp for Creativity

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Virtual Boot Camps provide a hands-on and action-based way for contact supervisor training to be more engaging and fun for the learner – and significantly more affordable than any other boot camp method.

It’s time to replace your contact center duct tape and bailing wire

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“Just hold it together for one more year!” I had an operations-day flash back for a moment thinking about needing to squeak out every inch of life from my systems. Upon reflection, I also remember the downside of holding on too long to systems and how much time, energy and frustration that created.

Brett Brosseau shares insight into Call Center Gamification

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Gamification in customer experience has been used for several years. The concept of using game mechanics to attract and retain customers in the consumer space is commonplace and many tools have been developed.

The Top 3 Ways to Forecast for Your Contact Center

Forecasting is no easy task. It can be difficult to schedule the right amount of agents at the right time. Download our ebook to learn how to reduce overstaffing and understaffing, lower customer wait times and improve the customer experience with proper forecasting.