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. I want to talk to you about how to fulfill your responsibility of serving, particularly when it comes to your co-workers – your internal customers.
The Importance of Follow-up
I love me some basketball. (#Thunderup) Follow-up is like an alley-oop on the court. An alley-oop in basketball is an offensive play in which one player throws the ball near the basket to a teammate who jumps, catches the ball in mid-air and puts it in the hoop before touching the ground.
If a co-worker reaches out to you for research or response (that is, throws you the ball near the customer’s point of need), you need to run with the task (with a sense of urgency) and put the ball in the bucket. Meaning, you make that call, do the research, or whatever, and you close the loop by letting your colleague know you’ve followed through.
It’s Bigger Than You
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Two months ago I switched my company’s wireless carrier from AT&T, a relationship we’d had for nineteen problem-free years, to a low-cost competitor. We made the switch for one reason: To cut costs.
Seventy-two hours into the new vendor’s relationship, I knew we had a problem. Clients were all the time saying, “You’re breaking up,” or “I didn’t catch that.” The LTE service was laughable.
The new carrier was cheaper, yes. And the salespeople we worked with were delightful. However, the service was unacceptable. I had to breach the contract, paying out the big bucks to switch back to AT&T.
My brief stint with a low-cost competitor reminded me of two profound lessons small businesses must never forget.
1. Friendly Employees Aren’t Enough
Continue reading “The 2 Most Important Things Small Businesses Need to Focus On with the Customer Experience”
When Eli, a twenty-something lively man from New York with Walnut-colored skin and tinted glasses entered my dad’s hospital room, he changed the atmosphere.
Eli responded to my dad’s many requests and needs with patience, a sense of enthusiastic urgency, and something that I can only describe as love. Eli serves my dad like he’s a son, not a nurse technician. I caught myself staring at the interaction between my dad and Eli with my mouth hung open.
Over the last fortnight, I’ve watched Eli and Kodjovi from Togo, Africa, and Kimberly from Texas, all nurse technicians, serve my dad with personal connection and enthusiasm. This team is surprising and delighting me with one of the best customer experiences I’ve ever had.
My two biggest takeaways from this team of fantastic nurse technicians are Be Intentional and Put Customers Over Tasks.
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This week has been dedicated to customized customer service eLearning for some of my favorite clients. Well, all of my clients are my “favorite.”
People often ask me how we put together our tailored online training for clients. So, I decided to take you behind the scenes. Read on to see how we create custom video training. Continue reading “Behind the Scenes with Our Customer Service eLearning”
I do an exercise in my workshops using a pole. I tell participants to lower the pole to the ground. I give them two rules: The pole can’t lose contact with their index fingers, and they can’t use gravity to pull the pole.
This exercise is hard. Everybody’s focused just on their small section of the pole.
But, they figure out that to lower the pole, they must focus on everybody, not just their section.
This activity helps improve internal customer service. Just like with the pole, a good internal customer experience requires people to focus beyond their own tasks. You have to think broader.
When everyone focuses on the bigger picture, the result is an extraordinary external customer experience.
Here are three keys that will help improve your internal customer relations, which enables you to deliver a better external customer experience. Continue reading “The 3 Fundamentals Everyone Always Forget with Internal Customer Service”