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Articles tagged  "customer service skills"

The Four Traits of the Customer Service Masters (Video)

By  |  December 7, 2011 7:49 pm

Just posted a new video on the four traits of the customer service masters. Hope you like it!

It’s based on my book The Compassionate Geek: Mastering Customer Service for IT Professionals.

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Customer Service: Choosing the Right Tool for the Job

By  |  February 23, 2012 10:28 am

My wife and I recently had a glass of wine with a woman who is a sys admin for a small company here in Seattle. I asked her what systems she supported and her reply was refreshing. She said, “Whatever my users need to do their jobs. For some, it’s a Mac, for others it’s Windows.” Contrast that with my friend Jim who told me last night how his company’s IT department dictates what tools will be used without understanding the business needs of the individual worker. I realize, of course, that in the enterprise, it can be difficult to support multiple platforms and practical considerations sometimes dictate a single platform for all (or most) users. After all, that’s why both Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines standardize on the Boeing 737. Makes it easier to train cockpit crew and mechanics and you only need to stock parts for a single platform. Still, if our jobs in IT are about helping our users work more creatively, productively, and efficiently, doesn’t it make sense to choose the right tool for the job instead of applying a universal solution to everyone?

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The Six Steps for Handling a Tech Support Call

By  |  December 10, 2012 9:06 pm

When you take a user support call, there’s a specific order for how things should happen. I’ve created a video about the six steps for handling a tech support call, including a demonstration support call.

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10 Ways to be a Better Listener: Customer Service Training 101

By  |  March 27, 2013 10:17 pm

When our work involves serving others, it’s important for us to be good listeners. Being a good listener can be difficult at times. I’ve created a video to accompany this blog post with the ten tips to help us all become better listeners, whether at work with our customers, end-users, and colleagues or at home with our spouse, children, and friends.

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Albert Einstein, Genius

Those Superlatives Are Simply Brilliant! Sheer Genius! (Or Are They?)

By  |  May 28, 2013 5:27 pm

I read an article recently that mentioned how actors, when describing another actor’s performance, frequently use the word brilliant. In fact, the writer commented on how rare it is for the word brilliant to not be used in the description of a performance.

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Ernest Tubb

A Customer Service Example From Country Music Hall of Famer Ernest Tubb

By  |  July 18, 2013 10:12 pm

Ernest Tubb is a well-known name to anyone familiar with country music stars of the 1930s through the 1980s. During his recording and performing career, he achieved many milestones including headlining the first Grand Ole Opry performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall along with a long string of hit records including Waltz Across Texas, Thanks a Lot, and Walking the Floor Over You.

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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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