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a blog by Don R. Crawley

Keynote Speaker on
IT Customer Service and Compassion

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Recent Articles

Grace: A Balance for Being Human

By Don Crawley  |  March 15, 2013 1:23 pm

When you think of grace, what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s the fluid movements of a beautiful ballet. Maybe you think of the words of appreciation expressed before a meal. Another form of grace is unmerited divine assistance given to us. Whether you believe in religious teachings or not, I’m convinced that graces exists and I’m really glad of that! Hear me out.

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Are We Creating Advocates or Detractors?

By Don Crawley  |  March 5, 2013 3:32 pm

We can create advocates among our customers and end-users by delivering outstanding customer service. Advocates speak well of us when we’re not around to speak up for ourselves. The opposite occurs when we create detractors by not providing outstanding customer service. Detractors can torpedo our careers in a process I call “death by water cooler” when they speak poorly of us behind our backs. The way we treat our end-users or customers determines the result. This doesn’t mean we agree to everything. It means that we always treat our end-users or customers with respect, compassion, and empathy and that we carefully listen to them to ensure we truly understand their needs.

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Are Your Conversations Cooperative? Follow These Four Maxims

By Don Crawley  |  February 28, 2013 4:58 pm

When we’re talking with an end-user or a customer, we want to ensure our conversations are effective, that they make good use of our time and that of our customer or end-user. One way to ensure that conversations are effective is to ensure they are cooperative, a process of give-and-take. Paul Grice was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley and a philosopher of language who identified four maxims of conversation that describe the elements of successful conversation.

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Five Ways to Become More Compassionate

By Don Crawley  |  February 23, 2013 1:24 am

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that living a life filled with positive emotions can have a positive physiological effect on our bodies. Like most people, I enjoy hearing stories that reinforce my pre-conceived notions about how the world is. I also recognize that anecdotes are great stories, but they’re lousy science and can often lead to poor decision-making.

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The Six Steps for Handling a Tech Support Call

By Don Crawley  |  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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The Other Skill Set Required for Success in IT

By Don Crawley  |  November 27, 2012 8:45 pm

Today’s IT professional must master two skill families in order to be successful. The first is technical skills and knowledge. That part of IT education is obvious. Without a solid technical understanding, you simply can’t do the job. The second is gaining skills for customer service in IT: An ability to understand, get along with, and influence people. Even though our jobs are indeed technical in nature, the human component is always present and it’s often the most challenging part of our jobs. We may have the technical knowledge to help an end-user, but if they’re angry, frustrated, or otherwise upset, it’s our people skills that allow us first to manage the situation successfully. Then we use our technical skills to solve the technical problem.

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Mister Rogers, IT, and Gratitude

By Don Crawley  |  November 20, 2012 9:29 pm

This is Thanksgiving week in the U.S. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, because it’s always been the least commercialized of our major holidays. I love the time with family and friends, the great food, and the opportunity to reflect on the blessings of my life.

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