•THE TELEPHONE IS ONE OF THE TOOLS
USED IN OUR DAILY BUSINESS
ACTIVITIES. THE TELEPHONE IS OUR LINK
TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD.
RULES OF ETIQUETTE
• SPEAK DIRECTLY INTO THE MOUTHPIECE.
• DO NOT EAT OR CHEW GUM WHILE TALKING ON THE TELEPHONE.
• IF SOMEONE WALKS INTO YOU...
ANSWERING THE
TELEPHONE/GREETING
• ANSWER YOUR OWN TELEPHONE WHENEVER POSSIBLE AND ANSWER WITHIN 2-3
RINGS.
• IDENTIFY YOURSELF AND YOUR ORGANIZATION.
• US...
SMILE
• TO IMPROVE YOUR GREETING AND TONE.
• TRY SMILING WHEN YOU SAY IT.
• ALSO TAKE NOTE OF YOUR TONE OF VOICE.
• VOLUME LEVEL...
USE THE CALLER’S NAME.
• IF THE CALLER DOESN’T TELL YOU HIS OR HER NAME AT THE BEGINNING OF THE
CALL, ASK FOR IT.
• USING THE CALLER’S NAME DURIN...
GIVE THE CALLER YOUR FULL ATTENTION
• ALWAYS GIVE YOUR FULL AND UNDIVIDED ATTENTION.
• DO NOT FIDGETING WITH PAPERS.
• EATING, DRINKING, TALKING WITH PEOPLE I...
PLACING CALLERS ON HOLD
• ASK YOUR CALLER “DO YOU MIND HOLDING?”
• BE SURE TO LISTEN TO THE RESPONSE.
• CHECK BACK PERIODICALLY (BETWEEN 30-45 SEC...
TRANSFERRING CALLS
• TELL THE CALLER THE REASON YOU ARE TRANSFERRING THE CALL.
• ASK IF IT IS ALL RIGHT TO TRANSFER THEIR CALL.
• CALL THE DE...
SCREENING CALLS
• THERE IS A LOT OF CONTROVERSY OVER WHETHER OR NOT TELEPHONE CALLS
SHOULD BE SCREENED.
• WHEN IT’S NECESSARY TO SCREEN CA...
TAKING PHONE MESSAGES
• USE TELEPHONE MESSAGE FORMS TO RECORD ACCURATE AND COMPLETE
INFORMATION.
• NAME OF PERSON FOR WHOM THE MESSAGE WAS LEFT
...
RETURNING PHONE CALLS
• MOST PEOPLE FIND IT FRUSTRATING WHEN THEY RETURN PHONE CALLS.
• TO AVOID PLAYING TELEPHONE TAG, TRY THE FOLLOWING:
• WHE...
PLACING OUTBOUND CALLS
• RIGHT NUMBER BEFORE YOU PLACE THE CALL.
• VISUALIZE YOUR CALLER AS A FRIENDLY, POSITIVE PERSON.
• IDENTIFY YOURSELF WHEN...
ANSWERING DEVICES
• IF YOU REACH AN ANSWERING DEVICE (I.E., ANSWERING MACHINE OR VOICE
MAIL), LEAVE THE
• FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
• YOUR NAME...
CLOSING THE CONVERSATION
• TALK IN THE PAST TENSE AND USE “CLOSING” PHRASES.
• (I.E., “I’M REALLY GLAD YOU CALLED” OR “I’M GLAD WE RESOLVED THIS
CO...
CLOSING
• TELEPHONE TECHNIQUES ARE BUILT FROM A FEW BASIC RULES AND PRINCIPLES.
IN FACT, TELEPHONE ETIQUETTE CAN BE SUMMARIZED IN ...
Telephone Manner (HT102 Presentation)
Telephone Manner (HT102 Presentation)
Telephone Manner (HT102 Presentation)
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Telephone Manner (HT102 Presentation)

  1. 1. •THE TELEPHONE IS ONE OF THE TOOLS USED IN OUR DAILY BUSINESS ACTIVITIES. THE TELEPHONE IS OUR LINK TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD.
  2. 2. RULES OF ETIQUETTE
  3. 3. • SPEAK DIRECTLY INTO THE MOUTHPIECE. • DO NOT EAT OR CHEW GUM WHILE TALKING ON THE TELEPHONE. • IF SOMEONE WALKS INTO YOUR OFFICE WHILE YOU’RE TALKING ON THE TELEPHONE, ASK THE CALLER IF YOU MAY PUT HIM/HER ON HOLD BRIEFLY). DEPRESS THE HOLD BUTTON. • DON'T PLACE THE HANDSET IN THE CRADLE UNTIL YOU’VE DEPRESSED THE HOLD BUTTON. • DON’T LAY THE RECEIVER ON THE DESK, WITHOUT PLACING THE CALLER ON HOLD. • RETURN TO CALLER AND COMPLETE THE CALL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
  4. 4. ANSWERING THE TELEPHONE/GREETING
  5. 5. • ANSWER YOUR OWN TELEPHONE WHENEVER POSSIBLE AND ANSWER WITHIN 2-3 RINGS. • IDENTIFY YOURSELF AND YOUR ORGANIZATION. • USE A GREETING THAT IS GOING TO GIVE THE CALLER THE IMPRESSION THAT YOU ARE PROFESSIONALAND PLEASANT. • THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF DISCUSSION OF USING “GOOD MORNING” OR “GOOD AFTERNOON.” • THIS IS UNNECESSARY IF YOU USE THE RIGHT TONE. ALSO, PEOPLE TEND TO MAKE MISTAKES WHEN USING THESE PHRASES.
  6. 6. SMILE
  7. 7. • TO IMPROVE YOUR GREETING AND TONE. • TRY SMILING WHEN YOU SAY IT. • ALSO TAKE NOTE OF YOUR TONE OF VOICE. • VOLUME LEVEL. • POSTURE WHEN SPEAKING ON THE PHONE.
  8. 8. USE THE CALLER’S NAME.
  9. 9. • IF THE CALLER DOESN’T TELL YOU HIS OR HER NAME AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CALL, ASK FOR IT. • USING THE CALLER’S NAME DURING THE PHONE CALL. • HELPS THE CALLER FEEL LIKE THE PERSON FIELDING HIS OR HER CALL REALLY WANTS TO HELP.
  10. 10. GIVE THE CALLER YOUR FULL ATTENTION
  11. 11. • ALWAYS GIVE YOUR FULL AND UNDIVIDED ATTENTION. • DO NOT FIDGETING WITH PAPERS. • EATING, DRINKING, TALKING WITH PEOPLE IN THE OFFICE
  12. 12. PLACING CALLERS ON HOLD
  13. 13. • ASK YOUR CALLER “DO YOU MIND HOLDING?” • BE SURE TO LISTEN TO THE RESPONSE. • CHECK BACK PERIODICALLY (BETWEEN 30-45 SECONDS). • WHEN RETURNING TO YOUR CALLER, REMEMBER TO THANK THEM FOR WAITING. • IF YOUR CALLER CANNOT HOLD, OFFER TO TAKE A MESSAGE; TRANSFER TO ANOTHER PARTY; OR ARRANGE FOR THEM TO RETURN THE CALL AT A SPECIFIC TIME. • IF YOU ARE NOT IN A POSITION TO ASK YOUR CALLER TO HOLD, TELL THE CALLER, “PLEASE HOLD” BEFORE DEPRESSING THE HOLD BUTTON.
  14. 14. TRANSFERRING CALLS
  15. 15. • TELL THE CALLER THE REASON YOU ARE TRANSFERRING THE CALL. • ASK IF IT IS ALL RIGHT TO TRANSFER THEIR CALL. • CALL THE DEPARTMENT OR PERSON WHERE YOU ARE TRANSFERRING A CALL. • MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN TAKE THE CALL. • RETURN TO YOUR CALLER AND GIVE THEM THE NAME OF THE PERSON THEY ARE BEING TRANSFERRED TO. • WHEN YOU'RE NOT SURE TO WHOM A CALL SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED. • GIVE THEM YOUR NAME AND NUMBER AS A REFERENCE.
  16. 16. SCREENING CALLS
  17. 17. • THERE IS A LOT OF CONTROVERSY OVER WHETHER OR NOT TELEPHONE CALLS SHOULD BE SCREENED. • WHEN IT’S NECESSARY TO SCREEN CALLS. • IF YOU ARE REQUIRED TO ASK WHO IS CALLING OR WHAT THE NATURE OF THE CALL IS, BE AWARE OF YOUR TONE OF VOICE. • SCREENING CALLS IS ALWAYS A DELICATE SITUATION, SO IT IS CRITICAL NOT TO OFFEND OR PUT YOUR CALLER ON THE DEFENSIVE WITH YOUR VOICE TONE.
  18. 18. TAKING PHONE MESSAGES
  19. 19. • USE TELEPHONE MESSAGE FORMS TO RECORD ACCURATE AND COMPLETE INFORMATION. • NAME OF PERSON FOR WHOM THE MESSAGE WAS LEFT • CALLER’S NAME, COMPANY OR DEPT. AND NUMBER • DATE AND TIME • MESSAGE • ACTION TO BE TAKEN. • IT IS IMPORTANT TO DELIVER THE MESSAGE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND MAINTAIN CONFIDENTIALITY WITH ALL MESSAGES.
  20. 20. RETURNING PHONE CALLS
  21. 21. • MOST PEOPLE FIND IT FRUSTRATING WHEN THEY RETURN PHONE CALLS. • TO AVOID PLAYING TELEPHONE TAG, TRY THE FOLLOWING: • WHEN CALLING SOMEONE, ESTABLISH SPECIFIC CALL-BACK TIMES. • WHEN TAKING CALLS FOR ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL, SCHEDULE RETURN CALLS DURING SPECIFIC BLOCKS OF TIME. • (I.E., “I EXPECT HIM TO RETURN BY 2:00 P.M. YOU CAN REACH HIM BETWEEN 2 AND 5”).
  22. 22. PLACING OUTBOUND CALLS
  23. 23. • RIGHT NUMBER BEFORE YOU PLACE THE CALL. • VISUALIZE YOUR CALLER AS A FRIENDLY, POSITIVE PERSON. • IDENTIFY YOURSELF WHEN YOU INITIALLY MAKE CONTACT. • IDENTIFY THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO OBTAIN FROM THE CONVERSATION. • TAKE NOTES DURING THE CALL. • SPELL OUT ANY FOLLOW-UPACTION TO THE CALLER.
  24. 24. ANSWERING DEVICES
  25. 25. • IF YOU REACH AN ANSWERING DEVICE (I.E., ANSWERING MACHINE OR VOICE MAIL), LEAVE THE • FOLLOWING INFORMATION: • YOUR NAME, INCLUDING THE CORRECT SPELLING, IF NECESSARY • YOUR DEPARTMENT AND TELEPHONE NUMBER • DATE AND TIME • MESSAGE, INCLUDING A GOOD TIME TO REACH YOU
  26. 26. CLOSING THE CONVERSATION
  27. 27. • TALK IN THE PAST TENSE AND USE “CLOSING” PHRASES. • (I.E., “I’M REALLY GLAD YOU CALLED” OR “I’M GLAD WE RESOLVED THIS CONCERN”). • STATE THE ACTION YOU WILL TAKE. • SPELL OUT FOLLOW-UPACTION, INCLUDING TIME FRAMES/DEADLINES. • THANK THEM FOR CALLING AND SAY “GOOD-BYE” NOT “BYE-BYE,” “OKIE- DOKIE,” “ALRIGHTY,” OR ANY OTHER SLANG PHRASE.
  28. 28. CLOSING
  29. 29. • TELEPHONE TECHNIQUES ARE BUILT FROM A FEW BASIC RULES AND PRINCIPLES. IN FACT, TELEPHONE ETIQUETTE CAN BE SUMMARIZED IN ONE WORD: COURTESY. • UNFORTUNATELY, COURTESY IS NOT SOMETHING PEOPLE ARE USED TO BEING SHOWN ROUTINELY IN THE BUSINESS WORLD. • IF THE CALLER IS A POTENTIAL CUSTOMER AND YOU ARE COURTEOUS TO HIM, YOU HAVE AN EXCELLENT CHANCE OF GAINING A NEW CUSTOMER.

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