Nancy Friedman, Telephone Doctor, Customer Service Expert, speaking at AUTO GLASS SHOW

Nancy Friedman, Telephone Doctor, Customer Service Expert, speaking at AUTO GLASS SHOW

Thursday, October 5, 2017 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Providing Superior Customer Service by Phone One of the country’s foremost experts on customer service by phone shares her methods for creating a superior customer telephone experience that helps turn more calls into booked jobs. You’ll learn how to handle price-shoppers, the indecisive, how to deal with insurance issues and how to turn calls into sales. Managers will learn how to manage the CSR function for success. This is Nancy’s second appearance at the Glass Show. http://www.nancyfriedman.com

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Well, It’s Not Cooperstown or Canton, But I’ll Take It With Thanks

Well, It’s Not Cooperstown or Canton, But I’ll Take It With Thanks

Nancy Friedman, President, Telephone Doctor Customer Service Training; Keynote Customer Service Speaker   It’s difficult for me to post about ‘me.’ I’m normally sharing tips, techniques, skills and ideas. Recently I was asked why we hadn’t posted the recent honor of being selected a member of the St. Louis Small Business Hall of Fame (only 6 were selected) on LinkedIn and my other social media. It’s certainly not because I’m embarrassed or ashamed; just that I didn’t think folks were that interested in me. So I held off – until now. A close friend convinced me. He thought you should be aware. So this is written from the heart, and frankly, may not be a very focused blog. It is, however, a heartfelt one. I’ve spent a lifetime building a company whose mission is helping companies communicate better with their customers and coworkers. Simple. Not complicated. And 30 some odd years later we’re still here doing the same old, same old with lots of new and updated material. We hear over and over again: “Thank you Telephone Doctor! The techniques work.” As a member (and maybe even president) of the “keep it simple” club, our focus and dedication remains and will continue to remain, helping companies raise their customer service bar and

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7 Steps to Service Recovery – Above & Beyond the Irate Customer

7 Steps to Service Recovery – Above & Beyond the Irate Customer

By Nancy Friedman, President Telephone Doctor Customer Service Speaker Almost anyone who’s been in a customer service position has had the opportunity of running into either an irate call, person or a situation that, shall we say, is not pleasant. And even though it may not even be our fault, we still need to know how to recover the situation. Here are the Telephone Doctor’s 7 Steps to Service Recovery that will help make your day a better one!  It IS your responsibility. If you have answered the phone on behalf of the company, you have indeed accepted 100% responsibility. At least that’s what the caller/customer believes. So, get off the “it’s not my fault” syndrome. And get on with the “what can I do for you?” position. “I’m sorry” & “I apologize” DOES work. Occasionally I hear from folks and they tell me they don’t feel they should say “I’m sorry” when it wasn’t their fault. Well, in the customer’s mind, it is your fault. Saying you’re sorry won’t fix the problem, but it does help to defuse it immediately. Try it. You’ll see. Sympathize immediately. When someone is angry or frustrated with your company or product, the one

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Short Training Video on Business Friendly Customer Service

Short Training Video on Business Friendly Customer Service

Every call is unique – don’t become desensitized! In most service situations, it’s very common to handle repetitive calls. The same issues over and over. We need to remember that to the customer, this is the first interaction they’ve had with your company today. Always remember that every call is unique. And needs to be treated that way.

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Word of the Day: WACTEO (WAC-TAY-O)

Word of the Day: WACTEO (WAC-TAY-O)

By Nancy Friedman, Keynote Speaker; Customer Service and Communication Expert; President, Telephone Doctor Customer Service Training   In these days, folks are busy, stressed out and short of time. It can be easy to forget to thank folks. It shouldn’t be. However, sadly, it is. We can usually remember to thank our customers because “we’re supposed to.” We probably don’t have any trouble thanking our family members. However, there is a group of folks that are often left out of the “thank you” pile. And that would be our co-workers. The folks we spend most of the day with side-by-side. I’m dedicating this column to our inside customers. The folks that are thought of as our ‘home away from home’ family. Sure, we argue and disagree with co-workers just like our family. And that’s OK, because most of us have a family environment in our office. We understand that. It’s our office family. The word WACTEO comes from the sentence: We Are Customers to Each Other. Pronounced: WOC-TAY-O If every office, large and small, followed some of these guidelines, I’m thinking it would be a better place to work. Understand Your Role – Each employee should know the mission of

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Avoid these cellphone deadly sins

Avoid these cellphone deadly sins

Reposted from http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/success/inc/tca-avoid-these-cellphone-deadly-sins-20170707-story.html by Cheryl Snapp Conner Inc Magazine Cellphone courtesy month is here, and not a moment too soon. We can thank Jacqueline Whitmore, a business etiquette expert from Palm Beach, Fla., for creating National Cell Phone Courtesy Month in 2002. People using one of the most intrusive devices in history should be courteous all year, of course. But cellphone abuses are rampant, according to customer service expert Nancy Friedman, who is known as the Telephone Doctor. So in honor of the month, Friedman has shared the most irritating cellphone offenses that need to be curbed. Public areas Taking calls in restaurants, during plays, seminars, business meetings, movies or in other public areas is a sure way to annoy others. Keep your ringer off. When the phone vibrates with a call you simply must answer, take your call to a private area or text a note that you’ll reply later. In business, if you absolutely must leave a meeting to take a call, do it skillfully. For example, my colleagues and I will never forget the former employee (emphasis on former) who walked out of a meeting with our chairman with no remark or apology to take a personal

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Are You a Phubber?

Are You a Phubber?

JULY IS NATIONAL CELL PHONE COURTESY MONTH. WHY NOT ALL YEAR LONG? WE SURE NEED IT. July is also the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. What a phenomenon! And yet we still know folks who are enjoying the solid, old flip phone. Go figure. Well whichever phone you use, there are manners involved. Most of us know them. But like everything else, refreshers and reminders never hurt. Is there anyone left who hasn’t witnessed two people having dinner and both deeply involved in their cell phone? As our picture headline suggests, ‘Phubbing’ is the act of snubbing people you are with and choosing the phone over them. And listen to this. When was the last time you checked your own cell phone voice mail? Are you married to the boring, non-effective message that came with the phone? Do you have any of the 5 Frustrating Voice Mail Phrases on your phone? Easy to fix that. Make it fun. Smile and create a simple, interesting message. There are many frustrations about cell phone manners; I hear ’em all. This list is only a few. Shoot us your frustrations if they’re not on this list. Airports: If you’re sitting next to strangers,

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