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3 De-escalation Techniques Gayle King Used In the Emotional R. Kelly Interview

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The first thing I read on my iPhone this morning was the interestingly trending Gayle King interview with R&B singer R. Kelly. In the interview, the singer cries, rants at the camera, beats his chest, and stands, towering over Gayle King with warlike body language.

The Fastest Way to De-escalate Is To Use Your Customer’s Last 3 Words

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When you have an enraged customer on the phone or in front of you, nothing threads the needle like mirroring the customer’s words. Copying the customer’s angry expressions makes the customer feel heard and understood.

How to De-escalate Using the Snatch and Flip Technique

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When your customer furiously tears in, not letting you pinch in so much as “um hmmm,” regain control using the Snatch and Flip technique. Here’s what you do. Listen (Try to be fully present, listening without annoyance.). Identify the subject that has hacked the customer off.

This Is How You Get Customers To Accept Your Word As Final

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Do you find it difficult to get customers to accept your word as final? Like, do they just come back and ask their question another way. Or even better, do they ask to talk to your manager? The thing is, we all need to get better at making our answer the final answer.

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.

This is How to Ask Your Customer Questions

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Questions are a double-edged sword for customer service professionals. You have to ask questions to get to the root of the problem, log issues, and in general, to help customers. But, often a series of questions can sound like an interview.

That Time My Client Cropped My Afro In My Headshot, And Why This Is Not Okay.

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I haven’t stepped into a Starbucks since two African American men in Philadelphia were arrested for merely being black in Starbucks back in April. But Starbucks isn’t the only company with issues with insensitivity. Consider three of my recent experiences with companies.

The Reason Your Employees Can’t De-escalate

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Everybody thinks to train employees on the company’s applications and products and to give them basic phone skills.

Eliminate Your Fears And Doubts About Coaching Problem Employees

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One of the things I’m working on for you in 2019 is giving you tools to help you coach your employees and hold them accountable, so they’re positioned to deliver the best possible customer experience. Eliminate Your Fears and Doubts About Coaching.

6 Reasons Why You’re a Rookie At De-escalating

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Inflammatory words and an aggressive tone heat up an interaction like an oven heats up a room.

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.

Three Simple (But Important) Things To Remember About Giving Bad News To Customers

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No one likes to deliver bad news to customers, but for a lot of us, giving bad news is a regular part of business. You know the feeling – you probably get nervous, or you have to transfer a call to your supervisor because the customer won’t accept your word as final.

5 Little Tricks To Get Customers To Accept Your Word As Final

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If you find it hard to get customers to accept your word as final and if too many of your customers just go over your head to talk to a supervisor who will tell the customer the exact same thing, you need to read this.

The 3 Biggest Mistakes Employees Make When Giving Bad News to Customers

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Telling customers what they don’t want to hear is one of the hardest things customer service employees will ever have to do. Giving bad news is hard because of the fear of backlash and because so many customers will just escalate to a supervisor in hopes of getting a different response.

4 Things Every Employee Needs to Consider with Vacation Time

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Today I delivered a customer service workshop in Chicago. When we broke for lunch, three of the attendees invited me to a vegan bistro. Of course, I was thrilled to join them! Over lunch, one of the ladies told me, “I almost never take my vacation time.

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.

You Get What You Tolerate (From Employees)

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You get the behavior you tolerate. So, if your employees aren’t friendly, helpful, and showing empathy, you have to ask yourself, Have I been tolerating poor performance? Are you having conversations with your people about unacceptable performance? Are you coaching and holding employees accountable?

The One Word That Makes Customers Accept Your Word As Final

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If you say “because” when you’re telling a customer something, you’ll significantly increase the chance that they’ll accept your word as final. Here’s Why Saying “Because” Works.

The Only Vocal Tone Your Employees Should Be Using With Customers

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I’m working from home today, enjoying having my college-daughter here for the week, and the freedom of my son’s clear high-school calendar during Spring Break. But, predictably, my teenagers are upstairs with eyes on screens, probably with unbrushed teeth. So, I’m in my home office. I’ve promised myself no more than two hours work. And then I’ll come up with something adventurous for us to do today.

This Business Book Was So Good That I Took 41 Pages of Notes

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Every week I silo for three uninterrupted hours to invest in myself. For this self-improvement exercise, I’ve attended a webinar, read a book, watched a Ted Talk, or sat with a mentor over coffee.

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.

5 Things You Never Knew About Building Rapport with Customers

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Want to set yourself up for success each time you interact with a customer? In my newest training course for LinkedIn Learning, I help customer service reps establish a genuine, human connection.

2 Things I Learned About Personal Connection From 3 Nurse Technicians

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When Eli, a twenty-something lively man from New York with toasted-almond skin and tinted glasses entered my dad’s hospital room, he changed the atmosphere.

4 Facts That Nobody Told You About Coaching Employees

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We coach employees to make them better, and to correct unacceptable performance. In both cases, there are four things you, as a “coach” must do to make coaching bring out behavioral change. The Four Things Coaching Must Be. Immediate – You can’t put off coaching discussions.

Three Preparations You Should Make Before Talking to Your Employee About a Problem

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One of the things I’m working on for 2019 is giving you tools to help you coach your employees and hold them accountable so that they are positioned to deliver the best possible customer experience. The way YOU do that is, you go into discussions with your employees with a plan, and with confidence.

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.

What I Wish Everyone Knew About Addressing Unacceptable Performance

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Talking to employees about problem performance, and getting them to change is hard – unless you do four things very well. Here’s what I wish everyone knew about addressing unacceptable employee performance.

When Employees Make Assumptions, It Hurts Your Business. Here’s How to Fix That.

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Recently, I went to buy a replacement charging cable for my laptop. I found a salesperson and told him what I needed. I should also mention that when I approached the employee, he was fully engaged with his cellphone. I felt like I interrupted him.

3 Keys to a Fantastic Customer Interaction: Swiftness, Friendliness, and Knowledge

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I made a support call to a company yesterday because I was stuck in a loop on an application. I’m glad I called because the representative gave me such a great experience that I found myself smiling and thinking, “She’s good. Really good.”

Most People Don’t Get That They Have Internal Customers

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I don’t think that most people get that there are only two functions in a company. You’re either serving customers, or you’re serving someone who serves customers. There aren’t any other roles in business, as far as I’m concerned.

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.

Free Call Control Online Training

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Studies show the average business call lasts 2 minutes longer than it needs to. Customer service employees struggle with call control for a variety of reasons, including they don’t want to be rude to the customer, they aren’t sure how to move to closure or because the customer is rambling or angry.

Behind the Scenes with Our Customer Service eLearning

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This week has been dedicated to customized customer service eLearning for some of my favorite clients. Well, all of my clients are my “favorite.” ” People often ask me how we put together our tailored online training for clients. So, I decided to take you behind the scenes.

Behind The Scenes Look at My Filming at LinkedIn Learning

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For two years I’ve partnered with LinkedIn Learning to create courses to help employees be more assured and skilled in their ability to handle demanding customers. Here are some fun behind the scenes photos from last week’s visit to film two new training courses.

5 Things You Most Likely Didn’t Know About Listening Effectively In Retail Sales

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Poor listening often leads to customer frustration. When a retail employee merely hears a customer—instead of actively listening to them—they’re less able to determine precisely what that person needs.

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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.

Try Standing Like Wonder Woman For 2 Minutes Before Talking To An Employee About a Problem – You’ll Feel More Confident and Powerful

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If you go to a restroom stall and stand with your hands on your hips and point your elbows outward and hold that position for two minutes, you’ll perform very well in stressful situations.

This Is What You Say When a Customer Cusses At You

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I cuss. A lot. But never have I dared to cuss at a person in a customer service role. And I get rather upset about lousy customer service and still manage to talk nicely to people about any issues I encounter. Some people cuss, and yell and make threats when they are angry about customer service.

This One Tip Will Instantly Make You Sound Friendlier On the Phone With Customers

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One of the easiest ways to make your conversations with customers more conversational, and friendly, is to speak in complete sentences. It is so familiar to hear interactions like this: Last name? First name? Zip code? It’s undoubtedly efficient to ask customers questions in this manner.

6 More Ways to Get An Angry Customer to Back Down

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Eleven years ago I published my first YouTube video. I called it Top 6 Ways to Get An Angry Customer to Back Down. That little video has gotten more than 2.9 million views. (I I have this old-school video at the bottom the page if you’d like to take a look.).

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.