How to Handle the Irate Customer

How to Handle the Irate Customer

By: Nancy Friedman, Keynote Speaker; Customer Service Expert; President, Telephone Doctor Customer Service Training Anyone working in the people business (and that’s pretty much everyone) will tell you that occasional upset, angry, irate customers simply come with the territory. It’s a busy time of year so keeping this short. We’re sharing our ASAP techniques in our effective Telephone Doctor four point plan for calming irate customers and maximizing your chances of retaining their business. A short video for your viewing pleasure. Thanks. Feel free to learn and share. Nancy

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How To Handle IRATE Customers Video Blog

How To Handle IRATE Customers Video Blog

By Nancy Friedman, Keynote Speaker; President, Telephone Doctor Customer Service Training   Short, sweet and to the point on a topic near and dear to all businesses. Enjoy.  

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Handling the Irate Caller

By Nancy Friedman, The Telephone Doctor   If your job entails taking calls from unhappy, irate callers, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Employees who deal with callers are especially vulnerable to outbursts from customers who are going through an emotional, stressful time.  Handling this type of customer takes time and training, but it can be accomplished effectively. Here are some of the Telephone Doctor’s best techniques for turning unhappy callers into satisfied customers.  Get Off on the Right Foot  Realize that upset angry customers are not unhappy with you, but with the situation. Don’t take a caller’s hostility personally. You are merely the rod that redirects the violent lightning. You can do a great deal to diffuse a caller’s anger before you ever pick up the phone. How? By smiling before you answer that call. You can really “hear” a smile over the phone. It’s very difficult to be rude to someone who is warm and friendly.  Anatomy of a Hostile Call  There are four basic steps to handling an irate caller. Telephone Doctor calls them our ASAP techniques.  A – Acknowledge the person’s feelings and apologize for the inconvenience the customer has encountered. Make an effort

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7 Steps to Service Recovery

By Nancy Friedman, Telephone Doctor Almost anyone who’s been in a customer service position has had the opportunity of running into either an irate call or 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” DOES work. Every once in a while, I hear from a CSR that tells me they don’t feel they should say “I’m sorry” when it wasn’t their fault. Well, as stated above, in the customer’s mind, it is your fault. Saying you’re sorry won’t fix the problem, but it definitely does help to defuse it immediately. Try it. You’ll see. Empathize immediately. When someone is angry or frustrated with your company, the one thing

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