Effective Telephone Skills and Customer Care Effectiveness
Fact: 88% of your customers who stop using your services or products do so because of perceived employee indifference or rudeness.
One of the most common ways our customers interface with employees is through the telephone. Therefore, having an understanding of telephone etiquette will make a large difference to your customers and your profits. Your reputation for service depends on how well your staff handle incoming and outgoing calls. 87% of the message your customers receive on the telephone is through the tonality of the voice they hear. Only 13% of the message they hear are the words used.
This McTimothy Associates telephone etiquette training helps your employees to develop and master the techniques that will enhance your company’s image.
This workshop includes dynamic trainee/trainer interactions and discussions, written and oral exercises, voice recordings, case studies, reflection, quizzes and a workbook for each participant to take back to the workplace.
This workshop is designed for everyone who deals with customers on the telephone – call centre agents, customer service representatives, receptionists and all customer-facing staff.
SECTION 1: Telephone Etiquette & Answering Procedures
1. Readiness: Clear your mind
2. Answer telephone promptly
3. Be present with your caller
4. Prepare your phone voice
5. Offer your standard greeting
6. Be prepared before you respond
SECTION 2: Processing Incoming & Outgoing Calls
1. Placing Callers on Hold
2. Transferring Calls
3. Taking a Message
4. Making a Call
SECTION 3: Communication & Communication Barriers
1. What is a Skilled Communicator?
2. Asking Questions
4. Listening Skills
5. Barriers to Listening & Communication
6. Active Listening Skills
SECTION 4: The Phonetic Alphabet
SECTION 5: Elements of Customer Service
SECTION 6: Identifying Customers and Competitors
1. Internal Customers
2. External Customers
3. Identifying Competitors
4. The Competitive Edge
SECTION 7: Identifying & Meeting Customer Needs
1. Understanding Needs and Expectations
2. Benefits of Meeting Customer Needs
SECTION 8: Attitude is Everything
SECTION 9: Forbidden Phrases & Soft Language Skills
- Forbidden phrases in Customer Servicing
- Developing your Soft Language Skills
SECTION 10: Dealing With Challenges
- Challenging situations
SECTION 11: Dealing With Problem Customers (the LEAP Process)
Step 1 – Listen
Step 2 – Empathize
Step 3 – Apologize
Step 4 – Problem-Solve