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Articles tagged  "service desk"

Always be Authentic

By  |  March 26, 2012 8:22 am

In my customer service workshops and speeches, I often talk about the importance of being authentic, of being real. Here’s a real-life story about Nick Sarillo, a Chicago-area pizza restauranteur who saved his business with a very humble and equally authentic email to his customers. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120315/BLOGS06/120319853/suburban-chicago-restaurateurs-unusual-plea-to-customers-pays-dividends Even if you’re not particularly interested in business, it’s a short read with a simple message about being authentic in our dealings with our fellow humans. It’s refreshing, especially considering that his bank and his PR team discouraged him from doing what, in his gut, he knew was the right thing to do.

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How to Deliver Great Customer Service: What’s Your Customer Empathy Quotient?

By  |  September 5, 2012 10:39 am

How’s your empathy quotient? Your ability to empathize may be your most important ability as a member of the I.T. support staff. Empathy means providing caring and personal service. Dictionary.com defines empathy as “the intellectual identification with … the feelings, thoughts or attitudes of another.” Empathy is your ability to truly put yourself in your user’s position so you can understand his/her frustration. Once we truly understand our user’s frustration, fears, and aggravations, we can start the process of delivering a meaningful solution for them. Sometimes it only takes a moment to really understand where our user is coming from. Sometimes it takes several minutes of listening combined with empathetic statements such as “I understand why you feel that way.” or “I’d feel that way, too, if I were in your situation.” Regardless, until you can empathize with your user, you’re not ready to start the technical aspects of the support session. Remember, it may be your technical expertise that solves the problem, but it’s your skill in dealing with people that produces satisfied end-users.

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The 6 Steps in a Successful IT Support Call

By  |  April 13, 2013 1:15 pm

When you take a user support call, there’s a specific order for how things should happen. In this post, I’ll explain each of the six steps, in order. I’ve also created this video to help you understand the steps. It includes a demonstration of a support call.

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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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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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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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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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