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a blog by Don R. Crawley

Don Crawley, IT Customer Service Speaker

Bringing humanity into the world of technology

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2016/2017 WINNNER of the Max Dixon Award for Eloquence in Public Speaking

August 2018  Articles

Communication Skills for the Helpdesk

How to Talk to a CEO; Communication Skills for the Helpdesk

By  |  August 7, 2013 4:09 pm

I recently spoke with a client who is concerned about how some of his staff members speak to CEOs. He owns an IT consulting firm with a variety of clients and is worried about his consultants’ communication skills. His consultants are required to interact with various individuals both on the phone and at client locations. He is concerned that some of the consultants’ language choices are inappropriate for dealing with clients, especially when the client in question is a C-level executive.

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Compassion

New 5-Week Compassion Workshop in Seattle (Free)

By  |  August 15, 2013 5:55 pm

I’m going to conduct a five-session workshop in September and October on compassion in cooperation with First United Methodist Church of Seattle. The workshops will explore compassion from various points of view including religious and non-religious traditions, scientific research, and personal experience.

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The Same Human Relations Concepts Apply

Success in Marriage and the Help Desk: Some of the Same Human Relations Concepts Apply

By  |  August 20, 2013 5:27 pm

I spend a lot of time thinking about human relationships. After all, I write books and blogs on human relations, I teach human relations workshops and seminars for IT people, and it’s generally a big part of my life. I think a lot about how we get along, how we don’t get along, what makes …

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how to become more compassionate

7 Ways to Become More Compassionate

By  |  August 6, 2014 7:00 am

One of the four traits of the customer service masters is compassion. People who have mastered the art of customer service are naturally compassionate, they have a profound awareness of other’s suffering combined with a desire to alleviate it. One of author Mitch Albom’s friends once described him as noticing people in pain and trying …

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empathy,compassion,kindness

Seven Ways to Improve Your Empathy

By  |  August 14, 2014 6:30 am

One of the 5 principles of IT customer service success is empathy. Empathy is the ability to put yourself in the other person’s position, to feel and understand what they’re experiencing. Empathy, combined with technical ability, is a powerful formula for success at work. How Can You Be More Empathetic? Listen. Truly listen to the other person. Listen …

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How to be a good listener

Top 10 Ways to be a Good Listener

By  |  August 20, 2014 7:00 am

One of the most important skills any of us can learn is how to be a good listener. It’s an interesting paradox that, in order to be known as a great conversationalist you must first become a great listener. And, one of the four foundational skills of the customer service masters is to be a …

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how to show respect

Six Ways to Show Respect to Other People

By  |  August 27, 2014 8:33 am

One of the four traits of the customer service masters is the ability to treat all people with respect. Sometimes, it may seem difficult to do that, especially when you may not like or respect the other person or when you feel that person has disrespected you in some way. In Viktor Frankl’s landmark book …

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