Companies pushing the ‘exceptional’ customer service mind set are misguided in their focus. As I have written several times, exceptional service is evil. It’s evil because it can be easily duplicated by our competition, it can be expensive, and to some of our customers, it won’t even be perceived as exceptional.
I have also written, over my 24 years of being a customer service expert, that exceptional is necessary. It’s necessary because it’s in the customers face, it’s something they can touch and see. Also, if we don’t deliver some exceptional service, our competition will.
The key to exceptional service is to steer your effort away constantly trying to find newer and better ways to deliver great service, stop wasting your time. This is what I call the ‘more-ness’ factor. Our American mind set has led us to always looking for ways to do it more, faster, better. You can invent the latest and greatest service idea, but if your service provider is in a bad mood because some jerk cut him off on the highway on his way to work, the best ideas will fail. And, as I feel with exceptional customer service, I think we’ve maxed out, it’s time to stop beating the competition with exceptional service and switch our focus to quality customer service. MORE BELOW
Choose one of these three great training tools.
Quality Customer Service vs. Exceptional Customer Service;
In this 15 minute audio and power point presentation you learn the difference between Quality Customer Service and Exceptional service. Why Quality service is more cost effective, creates a positive work environment and gives you a better competitive edge. And we will show you how exceptional service may actually hurt your business because it is the necessary evil.
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Time Management Matrix;
In this 45 minute audio and power point presentation you will learn where your time goes. Pin-point what are your greatest time wasters? Identify what are the things only you can do. And what are the things other people can do.
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In this 45 minute audio with power point presentation you will learn how to assign tasks to the right person based on their level of maturity. From there you will be able to give the best feedback to ‘grow them up’ the ladder. All leading to a positive, mature, work environment.
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Ultimately, the level of service you provide for your customers will depend on the culture you create for your employees. Quality service switches your focus from the customer to the employee, helping them to be engaged, and it builds open and honest communication.
While having well trained managers and supervisors to create this type of candor is important, it is only one step in the process. First, leadership must make the commitment to quality service. This isn’t a 180 in how you deliver service now; as I wrote, you need to practice some exceptional service. And, if you are already delivering exceptional service, the change is actually easier because you don’t have to worry about that aspect.
Next, you have to switch the focus of your frontline team from SOLVING problems to PREVENTING them.
Only through an investment of training into the managers and supervisor and then to the frontline team will you be able to help everyone understand that they can and must help to ‘create a customer’ for the company.