5 Mistakes Your Employees Cannot Make on the Phone

Bored Telephone Worker

I just finished reviewing calls for a client I’ll be working with in Chicago. Before all of my onsite customer service training workshops, I like to listen to a random sample of calls between employees and customers. This call review helps me to know exactly where to focus in my training.

In today’s call review I noted 5 communication mistakes customer service representatives tended to make repeatedly. These mistakes happened multiple times with the same employees and I heard these mistakes being made by several different employees.

Here’s what I summed up on my legal pad after my call review.

  1. Employees often don’t speak in complete sentences. I’d hear things like, “Name?” “Zip code?” and “Serial number?”
  2. There was a lot of over-talking and interrupting. Employees would literally cut customers off mid-sentence or just over-talk them to make sure their point was made. That made me cringe.
  3. Dead-air space wasn’t handled well. While employees were busy looking through notes or trying to find something on the computer, they just let the customer hang on. I could hear keys clicking, gum smacking and occasional sighs, but there was almost no verbal communication during the dead-air space.
  4. The worst part of the calls for me was that there was no personal connection. Customers would often go right into their issue and then the agent would say something like this: “What’s your serial number?” There was no acknowledgment of the customer’s frustration, no “I’m happy to help you with this,” They just went into probing.
  5. At times I felt like the customer was made to feel stupid. It was like the customer was asking “dumb” questions, though all of the questions seemed reasonable to me. Employees would come back harsh or condescending.

This customer service group is in urgent need of my “intervention” and in exactly 16 days they will get it. I can’t wait to land in Chicago and give these employees the human relations skills they need to talk to customers with care, concern and friendliness.

When you enroll your employees in the online version of my “customer service intervention” training right now, imagine the benefits you’ll receive. Employees who struggle with apathy, rudeness or harshness will get the empathy training, telephone skills, and human relations skills they need and they will soften and deliver a better customer experience.

You can get these benefits and more – without having to buy my plane ticket, foot my hotel bill and pay my full-day training fee. If you’re ready to take your customer experience to the next level, check out my eLearning. Let’s get to work on this together.

 

 

2017 Customer Service Online Training Opportunity with Myra Golden

“When I needed soft skills and call controls eLearning modules for our Walmart.com customer care agents, it quickly became apparent that Myra’s materials were the gold standard.”  

Betty Doyle, Sr. Learning Designer, Customer Care, Walmart eCommerce

Watch this short overview video to learn more about Myra’s customer service eLearning

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Customer Service eLearning to Help Your Employees Speak with Friendliness and Empathy, and to Handle Difficult Customers with More Ease –  with Progress Reports, Quizzes and SCORM option. 

  • Walmart called Myra’s eLearning the “the gold standard and John Hancock saidThe first thing that struck us was how engaging each module was….you are asked to actively participate in each module and there are action items you take away.
  • Myra has gathered up all of the best training content and activities from her live, full-day customer service workshops…the ones she delivers to companies like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Frito-Lay and Vera Bradley  – and neatly packaged it in a comprehensive, affordable and extremely effective new customer service eLearning package that’s a fraction of the cost of classroom training. 
  • This eLearning is super easy!  Choose an Administrator at your company and that person can add users to your account, assign courses and run progress reports with a couple clicks of the mouse!

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2-Pronged Approach to Your Best Customer Experience Yet

The Best Customer Experience Your Brand Has Ever Seen!

This New Year my goal is to help you get to the best customer experience your brand has ever seen. We’ll do that by fiercely focusing on 2 areas:

1. Coaching, Feedback, and Accountability. In this area I want to give you the tools and plans that will build your confidence and skill in coaching your team to optimal performance, by addressing unacceptable performance and by holding employees accountable.

2. Friendliness, Empathy and Connection. I want to give you the tools and methods to position your employees to deliver a welcoming, warm and refreshing customer experience.

So, how exactly will these goals be met?

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How to Rock Your Customer Service Job!

I have a treat for you today! A free module from my customer service online training. I’m so excited to be sharing this with you!

I began thinking about and conceptualizing this training during a drive home from Arkansas where I had just delivered a presentation to a group of 60 new managers in a corporate mentoring program for the world headquarters of Sam’s Club.

My job with this company was to give new managers the skills and inspiration they needed to advance and move ahead.

I thought, “Why not create a professional development program for customer service professionals that would be similar to the management development program?” And 60 days later this course was born!

Experience “How to Rock Your Customer Service Job”

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If you like this, you might be interested in exploring other modules from my customer service online training portal:

Customer Experience Over the TelephoneSo your employees can make a great first impression over the phone and end calls on a positive note

How to Talk to Customers –  So your employees can master the human relations skills that it takes to consistently deliver a delightful customer experience 

Empathy – So your employees instinctively put themselves in your customer’s shoes and respond with more care, concern and friendliness 

How to Handle Difficult Customers: 5 Conversational Aikido principles – So your employees are confident, assertive and in control when dealing with angry and agitated customers 

Call Control So your employees can politely control calls with storytellers, ramblers and whiners

Email Writing: 3 elements of a great email customer experience – So your employees can craft personable emails that reflect your brand voice

How to De-escalate – So your employees can gracefully respond to the customer who demands to speak to a supervisor and they can assertively keep customers from escalating in aggression or anger

How to Deliver Bad News to a Customer: The 3 keys doctors use to give bad news – So your employees can deliver bad news with confidence and without fear of negative backlash

Complaint HandlingSo your employees can handle problems in such a way that they completely restore customer confidence after a service failure

Learn more about our online customer service training here.

Recording an eLearning training for a client. Can I create a training for you? www.MyraGolden.com.

I just wrapped up a module for a client’s eLearning project and I’m pretty excited about the project so far.

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Can your company benefit from our eLeaning solutions?

Our eLearning solutions feature:

  • Full webinar digital recording
  • Unlimited viewing within your organization with no expiration
  • Rights to download and save webinar video
  • Rights to incorporate webinar within your Learning Management System (LMS)

Once a month I go into my studio to record eLearning solutions for clients. Give me a call if I can create a custom training solution for your company.