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How to Get Angry, Irate or Unreasonable Customers to Back Down (3 Steps)

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Imagine your next phone call is from an angry, irate customer, and you’ve only got a few seconds to gain control. Are you 100% confident you can handle it? If not, I’ve got the perfect program for you.

3 Things to Know Before You Talk to Your Next Challenging Customer

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What’s Your Customer’s Panic Question?

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After six weeks in the hospital, we got the news that Dad would be released and that he would go to a rehab center eight miles away. Mom called me frantic, “He’s so weak, I have no idea how I’ll get your dad into the car to take him to rehab.”.

Simple Guidance for Building Rapport with Customers When You Have to Give Them Bad News

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When you can’t tell your customer exactly what they want to hear, maintaining a sense of rapport can be challenging. But it’s possible to give your customer lousy news with empathy and a positive slant.

How to Leverage Quality Management to Transform the Customer Experience

When was the last time you took a step back to examine quality management (QM) in your contact center? Determining behaviors that are critical to successful customer experiences, and then coaching agents to exceed that standard on every customer interaction, is the key to running a great contact center. Download this eBook today, and uncover how winning organizations are improving Customer Satisfaction, NPS, and other key metrics!

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.

3 Useful Tips for Talking to An Employee About a Problem

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Label the Employee’s Emotional Reaction. When you merely label what you think your employee is feeling, you show your understanding while at the same time expressing empathy. Labeling is just naming what you observe. Don’t judge or harp on the issue. Here’s what labeling looks like.

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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.

10 Takeaways Your Employees Get From My Telephone Skills Online Training

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Maya Angelou once said, “People will forget what you said. They will forget what you did. But, people will never forget how you made them feel.” ” That point right there – people will never forget how you made them feel – is why we created this course.

This Will Be the Year of (Really) Building Rapport with Customers

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For all of my onsite customer service workshops and keynotes, I arrive at least 45 minutes before we start so I can meet and talk to the people who’ll be spending several hours with me. Now I didn’t always do this.

How AI Can Help

Speaker: Roy Atkinson, Senior Writer Analyst, HDI and ICMI

Workforce Engagement Management has many “moving parts” including onboarding, forecasting, Quality Management, employee recognition, coaching and more. Contact Center managers spend a great deal of their time performing tasks related to engagement, and often don’t have the requisite time to properly prioritize and monitor progress. In addition, the complexity of the work performed in the Contact Center has increased, as customer contacts span many channels. This complexity is currently at a stage where emerging technologies such as AI and Machine Learning can have substantial impact and real ROI.

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.

4 Things I Learned From Taking My Daughter to Work With Me at LinkedIn Learning

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For three years, my 19-year-old College Daughter has worked for my company as a Studio Tech. Lauren’s the genius behind our studio setup, teleprompter, camera, and audio. She also assembles workbooks and advises me on all things Millennial and Gen Y.

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Three Ways To Fix the Escalation Problem

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Escalated calls are frustrating for everybody – the employee who knows she could’ve done the exact same thing the supervisor did, the supervisor whose hair is on fire, and for the customer who has lost time. It’s time to fix the escalation problem.

How to Prepare Your Employees to Get An Angry Customer to Back Down

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Imagine your newest and most timid employee’s next call is from an irate customer. The customer is ranting so loudly that the person across from her can hear his voice. But your employee is calm and confident. She’s saying things like, “Umm…hmm,” “I see….”

The Future of Contact Centers: What Technology Is Right for Your Customers?

Speaker: Laura Sikorski, Contact Center Consultant

Your Contact Center is the most customer focused area in your organization. It is where centralized conversations take place, the voice of the customer is amplified, and the amount of data captured is significant. Technology must provide reliable options for customers to reach you when they want and obtain the same great service regardless of the channel they choose. Your customers should have a positive customer experience with every interaction.

4 Secrets About Human Tone In Chat That Nobody Will Tell You

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Chat support is not supposed to be rote like an ATM transaction. The idea is to insert a personal tone so you can build rapport and even delight customers. I have my clients do four things in chat interactions to make them more human.

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.

The Truth About Transitioning From Employee To Supervisor

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Your communication ability, leadership strengths, ambition, and people skills got you this promotion. Now comes the hard part – dealing with conflict, giving feedback, toxic employees, and managing your time.

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.

How to Build a CX Program from the Ground Up

It’s no secret - customer experience is the new competitive battlefield. In this eBook, TopBox shares step-by-step guidance on how to build and scale a rock-solid CX program that will fuel measurable revenue and affect organizational change.

Take Challenging Customers From a Boil to a Simmer Using the Reframe Method (Step 2 of My De-escalation Strategy)

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Last week I shared my 3-Step De-escalation strategy at a Salesforce Trailblazers conference in Minneapolis.

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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.

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.

Four Ways to Get Utility Customers to Cut to the Point On Customer Service Calls (These Tips Help Control Calls In Any Industry)

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I’m working with a utility company in the northeast. All of my customer service workshops begin with what I call a Discovery Discussion – a video conference where I discover the problem my client needs me to solve.

Straight Talk about Security, Compliance and Reliability in Cloud Communications

The risk is real - every organization recognizes the consequences of inadequate security, compliance and reliability in communications systems. Data breaches make headlines and privacy violations put companies at legal risk, not to mention the very real revenue costs of downtime. In this report, 8x8 shares how they secure data across every step of their communications system - and how you can easily comply with tightening regulations.

Start. Stop. Continue — three Powerful Words for Goal-Setting, Process Improvement, and Self-Improvement.

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I end all of my customer service workshops by asking participants to write down three words. Start, Stop, and Continue. Then I invite them to reflect on the day by jotting down: One thing they will START doing based on something they learned in the training.

Things You Think About When Shopping While Being Black

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Two employees were chatting at the register. Both looked up when I crossed the threshold, taking in my Afro blossom, but rather than speak to me, nod or smile, they merely fell back into their banter.

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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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.

Redefining Customer Experience Metrics for Better Performance

Speaker: Lynn Hunsaker, Chief Customer Officer of ClearAction Continuum

Join us for this insightful webinar with Lynn Hunsaker, Chief Customer Officer of ClearAction, who will show you how to zero-in on true leading indicators and describe how to connect business results metrics with employees’ workflow metrics.

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.

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 3-Prong Method To Get Customers Who Think They Need a Manager To Calm Down and Let You Help Them

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Let’s say have a customer who right out of the gate demands to talk to a supervisor. You can take the three easy steps I teach in my workshops to keep some customers from escalating. Recognize/Acknowledge.

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.

How to Make the Transition to Customer Service Outsourcing

Speaker: Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer, Advantage Communications Inc.

You’re feeling the pressure of keeping your employees engaged and improving your customer experience, but you’re not sure if you’re ready or even know how to make a smooth transition to a contact center. Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer of Advantage Communications, will lead you through an outsourcing Self-Assessment you can apply to your business in this insightful webinar developed to provide you with the building blocks to take your customer service experience to the next level.

Things That Happen When You Go From Employee to Supervisor

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I got my first management title when I was twenty-six years old. The person I’d beat out for the position had been with the company 26 years, and in one hiring decision, this woman, who wanted my job, become my direct report. She’d been with the company since before I was in kindergarten.

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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.

What I Wish Everyone Knew About Getting Angry Customers to Back Down

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Anger Can’t Be Ignored. We’ve all chosen to not dignify a person’s absurd comment with a response, or perhaps you’ve stepped over a toddler sprawled on the floor in a tantrum, letting them scream.

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.

Beyond the Contact Center: Unlocking Insights with Speech Analytics

A global survey of 500 key decision makers by Opus Research shows the core benefits of making the leap to an omnichannel contact center, such as uncovering actionable business insights on employee-customer interactions.