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IT Customer Service Book

Hobnob with the Elite Geeks of Seattle

By  |  September 19, 2013 11:11 pm

I’m really excited! The book release party for the new edition of The Compassionate Geek is going to be at Lucid Lounge in the University District. This is the same Lucid Lounge that is host to Nerd Nites and frequent author readings (and they have fabulous cocktails, too). I can’t think of a better place …

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Humor in customer service

Call Center Articles: Humor in the Danger Zone: When Jokes Interfere with Our Job

By  |  October 17, 2013 10:31 pm

Client insights and service tips: We don’t normally associate humor with a danger zone. In fact, I think lots of humor is key to living a fulfilling life. When my family gets together, we laugh, giggle, chortle, and guffaw like crazy people and we love it! So, are there times when humor is dangerous? Absolutely. …

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IT people and customer service

A Customer Service Reminder: We’re All Clueless Sometimes

By  |  December 6, 2013 3:16 pm

Customer service basics: It’s common in a group of IT folks to tell stories about some of the crazy things our end users do. I’ve certainly told my share of such stories, but I think we often forget that no one is an expert on everything. When our end users sometimes ask questions that seem stupid, …

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IT customer service

Supporting the Reluctant User: IT Customer Service with Challenging Users

By  |  December 23, 2013 7:46 am

Customer care skills often hinge on being aware of the psychological and social needs of our customer or end user. In a recent training session, several of the students (client service agents) talked about a user who might sound familiar to you. This user has been in her current position for many years and, frankly, …

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The Five Levels of Listening

The Importance of Listening

By  |  February 27, 2014 12:21 pm

One of the four traits of customer service masters is to be a good listener. Good listeners don’t assume they know what a customer is going to say. They’re always respectful of a customer, even when the customer is saying something the service provider has heard many times before from other customers. Here’s an example …

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How to deliver bad news

5 Rules for How to Deliver Bad News

By  |  July 7, 2014 5:48 pm

Sometimes, it’s necessary to deliver bad news to a customer or end user. For example, an order might not be ready when it was promised, a project might end up costing more than was projected, or a software application might not be ready for installation according to schedule. Regardless of the nature of the bad …

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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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