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Providing great customer service

Providing great customer service



For GSETA 2011 Conference

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    • Providing Great Customer Service
  • Which Way Did They Go?
    • Missionaries
    • Ticking Timebomb
    • Missing in Action
    • Detractors
  • So. How have you been treated?
    • Describe a recent unsatisfactory customer experience.
    • Describe a recent satisfactory customer experience.
  • Stellar Customer Service
    • What are some of the key attributes of quality, customer-satisfying service?
  • What customers want . . .
    • “ I want a product/service that meets my needs”
    • “ I want it to be easy to get”
    • Satisfaction with results
    • and process!
  • Best practices – what the very best do
    • Understand who the customer is and their expectations
    • Service includes total relationship experience
    • Processes streamlined to meet or exceed customer expectations
    • Make it easy to do business at each step
    • Emphasize and deliver personalized service
    • Exhibit first-rate customer contact skills
    • Message impact is conveyed through:
      • Language/words
      • Paralanguage
      • Non-verbal communication
    Getting our message across . . .
  • “ Watch Your Phraseology”
    • What you say has to be explicitly understandable and valued by a layperson!
    • Use plain English words and terms that customers will understand. Beware of “insider language.”
    • Explain processes in logical steps.
    • Don’t talk about “programs” or “funding sources” .
    • Use valuing language to describe your job seeking customers.
    • Describe services in terms of the FABs – (features, advantages, benefits) to the customer.
  • Workforce Language Instead of … We could say … Assessment & Testing Case Management Dislocated Worker Barriers to Employment Labor Market Information
  • Program features vs. customer perceived benefits A feature describes what the program or service is. An advantage describes what the feature does. A benefit puts it in terms of how the customer sees value in it.
  • Responding tactfully Instead of … We could say … You must fill out these forms. You have to come back tomorrow. I wasn’t there when that problem happened. They should have given you the information. We are so busy that I don’t have time to do that for you. You should have brought the information with you.
  • Its not personal . . . . explaining policies and procedures
    • Customers often do not understand why policies and procedures are in place and they are usually not written with the customer as the intended reader.
    • If you can explain the policy in plain language, and the reasoning behind it, you are less likely to meet resistance.
    • Acknowledge the customer’s feelings: “I understand this can be frustrating . . .”
    • Explain from the point of view of the customer . . . if possible, highlight how the policy benefits the customer.
    • Provide print material to take home if the customer must return with additional information, documents, etc.
  • More Customer Contact Skills
    • When meeting with customers practice good non-verbal communication:
      • Hand shake
      • Eye contact
      • Relaxed posture
      • Non-judgmental facial expressions
      • Affirming gestures
      • Calm voice
      • Positive tone
  • What would you see as a customer?
    • Excellence in …
    • Appearance?
    • Office space?
    • Customer treatment?
    • Confidentiality?
    • Staff demeanor?
    • Access to facilities/services?
  • Mastering your customer service role
    • Help shape customer roles and expectations
    • Establish credibility and trust
    • Empowering, not enabling
  • Managing Expectations
    • Customers have . . .and make . . . choices.
    • Customers are responsible for their own outcomes.
    • Staff are responsible for the process.
    • Customers should be actively involved in assessment, planning, problem solving, finding resources, and implementing plans .
  • Critical Skills
    • Acceptance & Respect
    • Understanding & Empathy
    • Trust
    • Confidentiality
    • Warmth & Genuineness
  • Critical Skills
    • What do you do to build trust and rapport with customers?
  • Critical Skills
    • Attending
    • Listening
    • Reflecting
    • Encouraging
    • Questioning
  • Reflecting . . .
    • Phrases you can use…
      • From your point of view…
      • So, you are suggesting…
      • Then you feel…
      • So, based on your experience…
      • You seem really concerned about…
      • Let me be sure I understand. You said…
      • This is what I think you are saying…
  • Asking questions . . .
    • Phrases you can use…
      • What if…
      • Is it possible that…
      • Perhaps if…
      • Do you feel that…
      • Does it sound reasonable…
      • I wonder if…
  • How am I doing?
      • I make a serious effort to know my customer’s situation, needs, and expectations.
      • I avoid the use of professional jargon, technical terms, and acronyms when explaining our programs and services to others.
      • I seek ways to streamline ways to deliver our programs and services and make it easy for our customers to acquire or use our services.
      • I work with others in our organization to build and support a written model of excellent customer service for all to use in their customer interactions.
  • How am I doing?
      • I am able to easily translate the features of our programs and services into benefits that our customers understand and expect from our organization.
      • I handle difficult and challenging customer interactions calmly and confidently.
      • I use effective communication skills to engage my customer in order to bring problems to a harmonious and win-win solution.
      • I provide prompt, courteous service and undivided attention whenever working with a customer.
  • How am I doing?
      • I know the staff and the programs and services offered throughout my organization and the partners we work with.
      • I systematically gather data from our customers about their opinions on how effective our customer service is.
      • I maintain an office environment that is clean, organized, and welcoming to all our customers.
      • I consistently display a willingness to “go the extra mile ” to meet a customer’s expectations.
      • I follow-up promptly whenever I make a promise to a customer.
  • How am I doing?
    • Total number of checked items:
      • 0-3 It’s definitely time to upgrade your customer service skills.
      • 4-6 Customers may not be getting full value from your service.
      • 7-10 You’re doing great. Make a few small changes and you’ll be a pro.
      • 11-13 You are a customer service master.
      • Carol Wargo
      • Workforce Dimensions
      • 614-565-5902
      • [email_address]
    Thank you for your participation!