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The art of effective customer service requires anticipating your customers' needs and expectations in addition to working with them to handle and solve any and all of their present issues or ...

The art of effective customer service requires anticipating your customers' needs and expectations in addition to working with them to handle and solve any and all of their present issues or requests.

How well you can successfully practice effective customer service techniques will make the difference between building long-term customer relationships or losing patronage forever.

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  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Trinity College, Cambridge) How to Excel at Customer Service
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Trinity College, Cambridge) How to Excel at Customer Service KeyPoints to develop in your own time! Introductory concepts @ OxfordCambridge.Org all for free and free for all. The information gathered here is under KeyPoints format and may be use: - Either to give the reader an overview before deciding for a full scale study of the topic. - Or act as a guide for readers in expanding their knowledge on that given topic. Some recommendations, perhaps: - Identify each KeyPoint on which you feel a need to expand your knowledge, - Choose a good book or two and/or info from the Internet. - And then work towards gaining that knowledge. Please enjoy!
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Trinity College, Cambridge) To introduce the reader or the learner to the art of effective and excellent customer service. Aim of publication:
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) How to Excel at Customer Service – Introduction. ☺ The art of effective customer service requires anticipating your customers' needs and expectations in addition to working with them to handle and solve any and all of their present issues or requests. ☺ How well you can successfully practice effective customer service techniques will make the difference between building long-term customer relationships or losing patronage forever.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) Learning Objectives. After developing the KeyPoints outlined in this publication, you should mainly be able:  recognize the concept and value of corporate culture as it relates to customer service.  identify the benefits of developing a cultural action plan.  acknowledge the value of learning key factors that constitute the framework of customer service.  know the best practices and useful tools in providing superior customer service.  identify strategies to build customer relationships and improve service.  determine if customer service is provided at all levels within an organization.  calculate Lifetime Revenue Per Customer (LRPC).  identify the methods for creating a personal customer service philosophy.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) Learning Objectives (continues).  gain awareness of daily practices as cornerstones for a service excellence program.  recognize the benefits of face-to-face greeting standards.  recollect the impact of tone, enunciation, choice of words, and pace over the phone.  understand the importance of maintaining professionalism in online correspondence.  use the proper techniques to avoid triggering angry reactions from customers.  learn to achieve customer service excellence.  recognize the benefits of developing team practices that enable delivery of excellent customer service.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) How to Excel at Customer Service – Summary. ☺ They say "you can't create the cathedral before you build the foundation." ☺ This is enough a good reason to motivate to look into “Customer Service” and focus on building the foundation of good service. ☺ In today's marketplace, satisfaction isn't enough and the goals shouldn't stop only at "customer satisfaction guaranteed", but to creating customer loyalty. ☺ In a competitive business environment, it's important to make yourself and your company necessary to a lot of "somebodies". Those somebody are your customers. ☺ Like five-star restaurants and hotels, five star service ought to extend beyond personal entertainment. A certain amount of pampering is key to achieving customer loyalty. Thus, let’s adopt the "five star attitude" an integral part of our service commitment. ☺ Learn and differentiate the best methods to handle difficult customers in person and over the phone.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) How to Excel at Customer Service – Summary (continues). ☺ It's tempting to cut and run in of a difficult customer, but coping with even the most challenging situations is part of customer service. ☺ In advancing to new levels of customer service commitment, it's helpful to have an easy way to remember additional concepts in customer service excellence: E-X-C-E-L. ☺ Finally, to move to the level of stardom in the customer service area we need to grasp the meaning of leadership, the importance of long-term focus, and secrets to making customers memorable.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Trinity College, Cambridge) ☺ (Section 1) Building the Service Foundation: Corporate Culture. ☺ (Section 2) Fundamentals of Exceptional Customer Service. ☺ (Section 3) Voice of the Customer. ☺ (Section 4) Advancing Your Service Expertise. ☺ (Section 5) 3 Cs: Customers, Conflict and Confrontation. ☺ (Section 6) Overcoming Challenging Service Situations. ☺ (Section 7) Service Excellence: the EXCEL Acronym. ☺ (Section 8) Service Stars and Service Teams. How to Excel at Customer Service - Sections List.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 1) Building the Service Foundation: Corporate Culture – Summary. ☺ Corporate Culture, also known as your workplace "culture" can be positively or negatively affect customer service. ☺ It’s therefore worth getting the basics about corporate culture, and how it impacts service. ☺ You'll be able to identify on-the-job issues that are barriers to service excellence. ☺ Simple, but effective, exercises will enable you to differentiate between a healthy corporate culture, and an unhealthy one. ☺ A good advice will be to develop a step-by-step action plan that sets the tone for an organization that prides itself on quality service. ☺ Finally, gaining the know-how to be a dynamic force within your own division, team, or group culture, should be on the agenda. ☺ By learning to strengthen the internal environment, you'll increase commitment to service, boosting performance, productivity, and ultimately, success.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Trinity College, Cambridge) (Section 1) Building the Service Foundation: Corporate Culture – HighPoints.  Corporate Culture: The Basics.  Service Obstacles.  Cultural Action Plan Development.  Influencing A Group Culture.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 1) HighPoints: Corporate Culture: The Basics. ☺ recognize the concept and value of corporate culture as it relates to customer service. ☺ choose the statement that best defines corporate culture. ☺ match definitions with components of corporate culture. ☺ identify what needs to exist within a corporate culture to provide excellent customer service. ☺ determine whether an organization has a sufficient service focused corporate culture.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 1) HighPoints: Service Obstacles. ☺ recognize the value of discriminating between a healthy and unhealthy workplace culture. ☺ list examples of customer service barriers within a company. ☺ identify how organizational openness effects the development of a customer-centered culture. ☺ enumerate examples of organizational inflexibility’s signs and symptoms.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 1) HighPoints: Cultural Action Plan Development. ☺ recognize the benefits of developing a cultural action plan. ☺ identify elements of service impact issues. ☺ implement the changes needed to quickly remedy service impact issues. ☺ identify examples of organizational issues situated beyond an individual's control. ☺ recognize the application of the process for communicating cultural issues.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 1) HighPoints: Influencing A Group Culture. ☺ perceive the value of developing a strong culture within your work group. ☺ determine whether an organization has effectively developed a vision and mission. ☺ including the steps to realize the vision and mission. ☺ identify the criteria needed to be present for a culture to be considered service focused. ☺ list examples of items that should be included in an effective document of cultural standards.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 2) Fundamentals of Exceptional Customer Service – Summary. ☺ Take the goals over merely satisfying the customer to creating customer loyalty. ☺ Beyond out-dated modes of thinking, try to establish the building blocks for a service mentality that increases customer commitment, not to mention profits. ☺ Learn how to develop service standards and track their effectiveness. ☺ Gain new insights and strategies from the corporate leaders of customer service. ☺ Explore the value of building relationships with customers. ☺ But most importantly, be able to create one’s own customer- focused philosophy.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Trinity College, Cambridge) (Section 2) Fundamentals of Exceptional Customer Service – HighPoints.  Defining Service.  Service Standards.  Great Customer Service Strategies.  Action Plan for Personal Service.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 2) HighPoints: Defining Service. ☺ recognize the value of learning key factors that constitute the framework of customer. ☺ discover types of service tangible and intangible. ☺ determine whether sales personnel effectively use non-verbal communication skills. ☺ recognize if customer service is provided at all levels within the company. ☺ enumerate factors to consider when reviewing customer-service processes.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 2) HighPoints: Service Standards. ☺ acknowledge the value of consistently setting and tracking new service standards that result in continuous improvement. ☺ consider examples of service standards. ☺ identify strategies that an employee should use to implement a service standard. ☺ discover questions to use when measuring how often standards are met. ☺ single out methods for continuous improvement of service standards.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 2) HighPoints: Great Customer Service Strategies. ☺ recognize best practices and tools in providing excellent customer service. ☺ succeed in calculating LRPC (Lifetime Revenue Per Customer). ☺ list customer contact points that can be personalized for customers. ☺ identify key methods of consistent follow-up.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 2) HighPoints: Action Plan for Personal Service. acknowledge the benefits of the three steps to a personal service action plan. ☺ identify which processes should be evaluated and improved based on customer experiences. ☺ enumerate the methods for creating a personal customer service philosophy.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 3) Voice of the Customer – Summary. ☺ Focus could be on recognizing and ultimately anticipating customer expectations. ☺ There are number of ways to hear "the customer’s voice", but you have to know how to listen. ☺ Thus, you have to learn about the dynamics of client expectations, and the inconsistent, ever-changing nature of today's customer. ☺ How do customers judge our success? ☺ Explore the five key expectations dimensions, and be able to assess the work environment in terms of meeting client needs. ☺ Be able to master methods of compiling customer data and input. ☺ Explore how to align your services with each of your clients, and gain customers for life.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Trinity College, Cambridge) (Section 3) Voice of the Customer – HighPoints  Customer Expectations.  The 5 Dimensions of Customer Expectations.  Customer Input (Collection Connection).  Matching Service with Need (Customer Compatibility).
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 3) HighPoints: Customer Expectations. ☺ gain awareness of the changing nature of customer expectations. ☺ recognize the impact of perception on customer expectations and satisfaction. ☺ describe items that cause customer expectations to change with time. ☺ differentiate between past and present customers’ profiles.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 3) HighPoints: The 5 Dimensions of Customer Expectations. ☺ recognize the value of each of the five dimensions of customer expectations. ☺ determine whether an organization has effectively demonstrated dependability to customers. ☺ identify a process to evaluate product quality in relation to customer service. ☺ select the actions that demonstrate responsiveness to customers. ☺ determine whether an organization's assurances effectively meet customer expectations. ☺ employ empathetic communication techniques while dealing with a customer.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 3) HighPoints: Customer Input (Collection Connection). ☺ perceive the critical importance of collecting input from the customer with regard to service expectations. ☺ use the key principles of the Socratic method to get customer input. ☺ identify appropriate data gathering methods for obtaining valuable customer feedback on service practices. ☺ determine the most appropriate data collection strategy. ☺ identify common problems with collecting customer input.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 3) HighPoints: Matching Service with Need (Customer Compatibility). ☺ perceive the value of aligning the organization's services with the customers' expectations. ☺ list the top three customers' expectations. ☺ identify problems consistently encountered and how they relate to the top three customers' expectations. ☺ use the procedures for resolving un-met customers' expectations. ☺ assess whether a company effectively tracked customer problems.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 4) Advancing Your Service Expertise – Summary. ☺ A certain degree of pampering is key to achieving customer loyalty, and we need to learn to incorporate "five star attitude" an integral part of service commitment. ☺ We should foster awareness and new skills that deepen our customer service expertise and gain techniques for personalizing customer interaction. ☺ Enhancing our approach to customer assistance by giving it form in a structured plan, is vital. ☺ Critical differences in specialized service when dealing with customers over the phone are to be well understood. ☺ Technology has well gained its place in daily business, we'll integrate tips for service-friendly e-mail into our customer assistance practices. ☺ Interactive examples, simulated dialogues, and game-like exercises should be part of a skill-building exercises to take our customer service proficiency up a notch toward excellence.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Trinity College, Cambridge) (Section 4) Advancing Your Service Expertise – HighPoints.  Daily Five-star Service.  Greeting Customers in Person.  Greeting the Customer on the Phone.  e-Tools for Service.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 4) HighPoints: Daily Five-star Service. ☺ gain awareness of daily practices – the cornerstones for a program of service excellence. ☺ list the keys to customer loyalty. ☺ recognize the role a positive mentality plays in delivering customer service excellence. ☺ identify the importance of supporting colleagues to achieve service excellence. ☺ enumerate the factors to consider when determining frequency of contacting customers. ☺ evaluate appropriate responses to different customer behaviour styles.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 4) HighPoints: Greeting Customers in Person. ☺ recognize the benefits of face-to-face greeting. ☺ use effectively strategies for personalized greetings. ☺ use active listening appropriately. ☺ formulate a customer assistance plan.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 4) HighPoints: Greeting the Customer on the Phone. ☺ recognize the special challenges of providing service over the phone as compared to greeting customers in person. ☺ understand the impact of tone, enunciation, choice of words, and pace when dealing with customers over the phone. ☺ apply an effective initial response to answer the phone in a given situation. ☺ select responses that are most appropriate for a customer's style. ☺ use techniques to determine whether what you heard is what the customer actually said. ☺ employ service-oriented methods to transfer phone calls.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 4) HighPoints: e-Tools for Service. ☺ gain awareness of the benefits of having guidelines for using the Internet and email effectively with customers. ☺ identify important statements concerning the effective use of e-mail. ☺ determine whether there are mistakes in emails. ☺ recognize the importance of maintaining professionalism in online correspondence.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 5) The 3 Cs: Customers, Conflict and Confrontation – Summary. ☺ Not knowing how to handle an arrogant, obnoxious, rude customer can sink one’s working day. ☺ Thus, it's challenging to stay service-minded when the person you are dealing with is being "difficult." ☺ It’s desirable getting the perspective to effectively cope with customer conflict, and sound methods to deal with all types of potentially confrontational situations. ☺ One should be able to identify elements of emotional response that interfere with good customer service. ☺ Staying cool, calm, and customer-connected is a critical learning objective. ☺ Develop communication skills that defuse customer complaints. ☺ Learn and differentiate the best methods to handle difficult customers in person and over the phone. ☺ Develop strategies necessary to restore customer confidence and move beyond the thorny issue to an even stronger relationship.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Trinity College, Cambridge) (Section 5) The 3 Cs: Customers, Conflict and Confrontation – HighPoints.  What Creates a Confrontational Customer.  Communication Essentials for Dealing with Customers.  Face to Face with Customer Conflict.  Handling Customer Conflicts Over the Phone.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 5) HighPoints: What Creates a Confrontational Customer. ☺ recognize behaviours and issues that typically trigger complaints and conflict from customers. ☺ identify behaviours generating customer confrontation. ☺ list the product-related issues that anger customers. ☺ apply steps that ensure effective follow-through on customer’s complaints.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 5) HighPoints: Communication Essentials for Dealing with Customers. ☺ explore the value of critical communications concepts necessary for handling customer difficulties. ☺ distinguish techniques to listen with detachment. ☺ use techniques to backtrack and clarify during confrontational exchange. ☺ identify self-development methods to help build rapport with angry customers. ☺ use methods to transition from customer issues to solutions.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 5) HighPoints: Face to Face with Customer Conflict. ☺ understand the critical importance of the key elements of handling customers problems in person. ☺ recognize the value of being well-prepared physically and mentally for face-to-face service challenges. ☺ use techniques to make a customer feel understood. ☺ identify questions needed to gather complete information with the first contact. ☺ apply principles to resolve customer issues and repair customer relationships.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 5) HighPoints: Handling Customer Conflicts Over the Phone. ☺ perceive the value of specialized techniques to cope with challenging customer service issues over the phone. ☺ use proper techniques to avoid triggering angry reactions from a customer. ☺ provide effective telephone assistance to various types of customers. ☺ recognize techniques to maintain a high performance attitude at all times.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 6) Overcoming Challenging Service Situations – Summary. ☺ In customer service, when the going gets tough we have to hang in there. ☺ Recognize the warning signals is an important first step, then apply strategies that de-escalate confrontational clients. ☺ Admitting mistakes is an easy concept, but for most people, it's not so easy to do. ☺ But we ought to find ways to admit being wrong, and accept responsibility for errors. ☺ Though it's not appropriate to tell a customer to "chill out", there are some easy to use tactics to cool down the angry client. ☺ We need to explore the steps to guiding customers toward a solution to a problem or issue. ☺ Finally, we are to test our tolerance, and take a pre-emptive strike at conflict by learning to plan for challenging situations before they ever occur.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Trinity College, Cambridge) (Section 6) Overcoming Challenging Service Situations – HighPoints.  Recognizing "Red Alert".  Admitting Mistakes.  Defusing Customer Anger.  Guided Problem-solving.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 6) HighPoints: Recognizing "Red Alert". ☺ recognize the critical importance of identifying warning signs of potentially confrontational situations. ☺ recognize the anger continuum. ☺ perceive changes in body language and facial expressions in terms of how they relate to coping with angry customers. ☺ use tactics to de-escalate confrontational situations immediately. ☺ identify the characteristics and components of a plan for handling threatening situations.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 6) HighPoints: Admitting Mistakes. ☺ recognize the benefits of accepting responsibility for mistakes. ☺ apply the concept of accepting responsibility for errors when dealing with an unhappy customer. ☺ identify techniques to keep mistakes from recurring. ☺ apply the key components to deliver a genuine apology
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 6) HighPoints: Defusing Customer Anger. ☺ recognize crucial techniques for defusing challenging customer situations. ☺ apply the strategies to handle an unhappy customer in a non- defensive manner. ☺ utilize a non-judgmental communication strategy when dealing with a challenging customer. ☺ differentiate between positions and issues as a means to resolve customer complaints.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 6) HighPoints: Guided Problem-solving. ☺ recognize the benefits and elements of guided problem-solving. ☺ ask anticipatory questions to resolve an issue with an upset customer. ☺ perceive the process for helping a person choice from limited options. ☺ employ strategies to turn potential solutions into an action plan. ☺ identify a person's level of tolerance to conflict and confrontation.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 7) Service Excellence: the EXCEL Acronym – Summary. ☺ E-X-C-E-L is an acronym for five important behaviours that impact the service mindset. ☺ “E” for “Enlist Help”, is the first concept in the EXCEL acronym. ☺ “X “is for” X-Ray” questions, developing the skills to "read" your customers by asking the right questions in the right way. ☺ The "C" topic gives the steps to “CLOSE” off problematic customer issues by anticipating them. ☺ This E is for “EMPOWER YOURSELF”, one of the most crucial concepts to being a great service provider; for taking ownership of one’s own personal service philosophy. ☺ “L” issues a challenge. In "Learn to be Flexible", one must come up with a plan to increase your flexibility one day at a time. ☺ These guidelines will introduce customer service mentality, and infuse a spirit of commitment to service far beyond the workplace norm.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Trinity College, Cambridge) (Section 7) Service Excellence: the EXCEL Acronym – HighPoints.  E: Enlist Help.  X: X-ray Questions.  C: Close the Case on Problem Areas.  E: Empower Yourself.  L: Learn to be Flexible.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 7) HighPoints: E for Enlist Help. ☺ recognize the benefits of enlisting and offering help. ☺ integrate the customers' desires for consistency and dependability with your company's ability to deliver it. ☺ identify those issues that make it difficult for one to ask for help. ☺ classify the areas where one has consistent challenges. ☺ construct a list of resources that are available. ☺ define a process for sharing within the organization what one learns from customers.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 7) HighPoints: X for X-ray Questions. ☺ acknowledge the value of good questions in handling customer service issues. ☺ recognize that customers have the answers if you ask the right questions. ☺ use the appropriate questions to avoid putting a customer on the defensive. ☺ use active listening skills. ☺ determine whether to turn a problem resolution into a sales opportunity.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 7) HighPoints: C for Close the Case on Problem Areas. ☺ recognize the value of anticipating potential customer problems before they occur. ☺ apply techniques to meet customers' expectations. ☺ use essential tools and resources to provide the type of service a customer desires. ☺ deliver effectively bad news to a client.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 7) HighPoints: E for Empower Yourself. ☺ recognize the powerful impact an individual can have on customer service. ☺ describe how deepened knowledge increases judgment. ☺ define ways to clarify with managers the level of decision- making one has. ☺ use strategies that would exemplify an effective rapid response system. ☺ describe ways to be a continuous learner in the "soft skills".
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 7) HighPoints: L for Learn to be Flexible. ☺ recognize that flexibility is a powerful concept in achieving customer service excellence. ☺ use the appropriate actions to handle various customer types. ☺ apply the necessary actions to help move through change. ☺ create a plan for doing one thing differently each day to practice flexibility.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 8) Service Stars and Service Teams – Summary. ☺ To move to the level of stardom in the area of customer service, we will grasp the meaning of leadership, the importance of long-term focus, and the secrets to making customers more memorable. ☺ We have to explore the importance of being a little "self- serving." We are much better caretakers if we practice taking care of ourselves. ☺ After looking at individual excellence, we look inside the workings of a championship team, a group that has the know- how to deliver excellent service. ☺ However, beware of team issues that can destroy levels of service. ☺ Also, it’s worth examining the pitfalls of attitudes that can put cracks in the smoothest service armour. ☺ So, let’s be the best service providers we can be.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Trinity College, Cambridge) (Section 8) Service Stars and Service Teams – HighPoints.  Profile of a Service Star.  How Self-service Enhances Customer Service.  Championship Team.  When Team Issues Damage Service.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 8) HighPoints: Profile of a Service Star. ☺ recognize the practices of individuals with superior service skills. ☺ use methods to anticipate and stay one step ahead of customer needs. ☺ determine whether a service professional has effectively applied the principles to turn a one-time sale into a long- term relationship. ☺ find out whether a service professional used techniques to improve memory and recall facts about customers. ☺ apply procedures to help a customer's business.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 8) HighPoints: How Self-service Enhances Customer Service. ☺ recognize the value of taking care of one's self in order to better care for the customer. ☺ determine techniques to include rest and rejuvenation in a daily schedule. ☺ ascertain whether a person effectively used strategies to avoid over-commitment. ☺ employ techniques to keep from internalizing criticism or taking it personally. ☺ recognize methods for "turning off work" and tuning into aspects of life unrelated to the workplace.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 8) HighPoints: Championship Team. ☺ recognize the benefits of developing team practices that enable delivery of excellent customer service. ☺ identify the elements required to focus on the service vision. ☺ determine the method to be sure each team member has a specific area of subject matter expertise that can be accessed by other team members. ☺ identify a process for full accountability. ☺ determine whether an employee used the appropriate steps to enable consistent performance improvement.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) (Section 8) HighPoints: When Team Issues Damage Service. ☺ recognize the negative impact of destructive forces in teams which impede good service. ☺ examine the negative results of duelling for resources. ☺ use techniques for addressing non-supportive behaviour. ☺ identify the elements of an orientation process that clearly defines team expectations.
  • Contact Email Design Copyright 1994-2013 © OxfordCambridge.OrgCustomer Service (This picture: Harcourt Hill, West Oxford) How to Excel at Customer Service – Conclusion. At this point you should be able to be familiar with the following:  demonstrating excellent internal customer service.  customizing service.  building long-term customer relationships.  demonstrating empathetic communications techniques.  resolving unmet customer expectations.  practicing active listening.  developing good phone presence.  sending effective e-mail.  managing customer conflict.  taking responsibility at the proper level.  letting the customer know that you want to help.  acknowledging and correcting mistakes.  seeking out the correct help when you need it.  maintaining good relationships with your co-workers.  taking ownership of the problem and moving toward a solution.  building positive personal relationships with the customer.
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