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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.

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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.

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Delivering Bad News to a Customer

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.

 

Prepare Your Team to Deliver Bad News!

Empathy for Customer Service Professionals

Customer service people 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. Instructor Myra Golden shares 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, Myra shares a formula for conveying empathy even when it doesn't come naturally.

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De-escalating Conversations for Customer Service

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.

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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.

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