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Articles tagged  "it help desk"

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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But, I Didn’t Think I Was Being Rude! (Why Your Customers Might Think You’re Rude When You’re Not)

By  |  April 15, 2013 3:37 pm

I recently had a conversation with a client who told me he sometimes hears complaints from his end-users that he’s being rude. He told me that he didn’t feel like he was being rude at all.

I doubt he was being rude, but I suspect he maintains a “strictly-business” demeanor around the office. I’ve noticed in our email exchanges and phone calls that his responses to me are terse and strictly-business with no trace of humanness. He’s really beyond formal, in that his emails don’t even include a greeting (“Hi Don” or “Dear Don”), a complimentary close (“Kind regards” or “Sincerely”), or even an email signature. I noticed in our phone conversations that he didn’t initiate any sort of attempt to connect with me as one person to another. Of course, I’m seen as a vendor and sometimes treated differently from, say, co-workers. Still, I wonder if a clue to his problem with end-users might be found in the way he interacted with me.

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Rule Number One: First, Do No Harm

Rule Number One: First, Do No Harm

By  |  April 23, 2013 2:40 pm

You may have heard the Latin phrase, Primum non nocere, which means “first, do no harm.” Although it’s often associated with the physician’s Hippocratic Oath, the original oath does not include the precise phrase. It is, however, taught in medical schools as part of medical ethics classes and it has an important connotation for those of us who serve end-users and other customers.

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Anger Management

How to Deal with an Angry Customer or End-User

By  |  May 6, 2013 3:34 pm

Whether we work on the help desk or in some other customer service capacity, or even if we don’t work in customer service at all, we sometimes have to deal with people who are angry. I’ve created a customer service training video based on this blog post and the rest of the post is just below the video.

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IT Customer Service Book

There’s a new Compassionate Geek coming soon, very soon

By  |  September 17, 2013 5:20 pm

I’m very excited to announce the upcoming release of a major update to The Compassionate Geek. I’ve added a lot of new material, including reflection and discussion exercises at the end of chapter and more human stories about overcoming difficulty through perspective, tenacity, and strength of will. It’s scheduled for release on November 1 and …

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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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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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