LinkedIn Learning online Bootcamp for Remote Customer Service Professionals
And if you have a LinkedIn Learning subscription, this training is already paid for, and your team can get soft skills training right now.
If you don’t have a LinkedIn Learning subscription, it’s super easy to get started training your team with my 7-course customer service boot camp.
My LinkedIn Learning classes cover everything from call control to de-escalation to empathy and rapport.
Here are the 7 courses in my Linkedin Learning Bootcamp
1. Empathy for Customer Service Professionals
Customer service professionals may answer questions accurately and resolve problems swiftly, but the interaction can still end badly if a customer doesn’t feel positive. Learn about how practicing empathy—building a connection—makes customers feel cared about and creates rapport. In this class, I share three keys to empathy in customer service and reveals how to use empathy to put customers at ease and reduce callbacks. Learn about how to use empathy to your advantage with difficult customers. Plus, if genuine empathy is challenging, I share a formula for conveying empathy even when it doesn’t come naturally.
- Why empathy in customer service matters
- Three easy keys to empathy in customer service
- Building your empathy quotient
- Applying empathy to your customer support toolkit
- Using empathy to diffuse anger
- Using empathy to your advantage in customer support
- Empathetic phrases for business-to-customer interactions
2. Call Control Strategies
Customer service calls can sometimes get out of control. Upset and overtalkative callers take time and energy away from other customers and tasks. This is where practical call-control strategies come into play. Join customer service trainer Myra Golden as she explains the reasons customer calls get out of hand, and introduces simple strategies to get you back in control. Learn how use a limited response, take control with close-ended questions, assert your way out of a bad conversation, and practice proactive call management so customers feel heard. You’ll leave the course with a variety of actionable tips to turn long, problematic phone calls into polite and efficient interactions
3. How to Deliver Bad News to Customers
Customer service is about providing the best experience to a customer—yet, a lot of the time customer service reps find that their hands are tied, and that what the customer wants is not something the rep can deliver. How can CSRs work to keep the relationship with the company strong and intact? This course outlines a simple four-step approach that can be used in variety of customer service settings. Learn about communication styles, methods, and approaches that can be applied to challenging situations like delivering bad news, handling concerns, and more.
- Communicating clearly
- Acknowledging the customer’s concerns
- Being open to additional questions
- Offering alternatives
- Reviewing customer service policies
- Communicating on the phone or via email
- Interacting with customers in person
4. Creating Positive Conversations with Challenging customers
What do you do when faced with a customer who’s fuming over a delay, cancellation, or objection to a policy? How can you adequately address their issue when your interaction starts off on such a sour note? In this course, Myra Golden shares approaches that can help you reframe such conversations, and use your words and actions to put a positive slant on an otherwise negative situation. Learn how to use empathy and pacing to foster a sense of connection with customers. Discover the words and phrases to avoid in customer service, how to use partnership language to leave people feeling heard and satisfied, and how to properly apologize. Plus, learn how to approach real-world situations, such as billing issues.
5. De-escalating intense situations
Nearly every customer service professional has encountered a livid customer. These individuals may yell, curse, or forcefully disagree with a policy that you must enforce, but can’t control. Such situations are unquestionably tough, but—with the right approach—you can consistently de-escalate the tension. In this course, instructor Myra Golden shares strategies for defusing intense situations, providing practical approaches that can help you calm angry customers. Myra goes over what often causes situations to escalate, and shares practical steps you can take to prevent an escalation. She also provides tips that can help you reframe conversations, manage expectations, handle customers who ask for your supervisor, and more.
- Recognize examples of pushing when dealing with a customer.
- Summarize the goal of reframing conversations.
- Identify the benefits of using partnering language.
- Determine the best response to a customer who asks to speak to a manager.
- Identify statements that can be used to acknowledge a customer’s issue.
6. THe Importance of Listening
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. This course was designed to help you avoid these kinds of miscommunications. Join Myra Golden as she goes over how important listening is in retail sales, and how you can get even better at it with each interaction. Help your customers feel heard and understood by learning practical steps for better listening. Discover the elements of effective listening—including how to listen with the intent to understand instead of the intent to reply—as well as how to find upsell opportunities and create calm with an angry customer.
7. Building Rapport with Customers
Want to set yourself up for success each time you interact with a customer? Take steps to establish a genuine, human connection with the person you’re speaking with. In this course, instructor Myra Golden helps customer service reps accomplish this by stepping through how to establish rapport within the first few seconds of a customer service interaction. Myra shares simple techniques that can help you kick off a conversation in a way that makes your customers feel respected, listened to, and at ease. Learn how to keep the conversation flowing by yielding to customers and pacing their words and expressions. Plus, discover techniques that can help you build rapport in specific situations, including chat interactions, emails, and circumstances in which you need to deliver bad news.
- Identify how to build a rapport with customers through acknowledging concern.
- Explore the rapport building technique of yielding to customers.
- Break down how speaking in complete sentences during a customer service call helps to build rapport.
- Examine the ways to build rapport through a customer chat interaction.
- Identify the best ways to use rapport to disarm angry customers.