Customer Service Speaker

Customer Service Speaker Needed! Fast!

Snow falling in front of a building

As a customer service speaker, here’s a big tip:  Your service matters!  And it’s not just your customers who notice.  Here’s what I mean.

The Northeast got clobbered with snow.  In late March, one week away from spring…BAM! everything turned white.

Over 4,000 flights were cancelled before a snowflake even fell.  Panic set in as radios across the United States blared stories about people stranded in airports, with warnings to check flights before heading to the airport, and a story about an eyebrow-raising tale that crushed a major airline’s public relations.

Broadcasters reported that one major airline cancelled dozens of flights and the airline was not planning to give travelers refunds because the cancellations were “weather related”.  Broadcasters also pointed out that other airlines had also cancelled flights, but the other airlines were reimbursing their stranded passengers.

Listeners could just imagine the scene at airports:  Flights not flying.  Lines growing.  Customers uncertain.  Tempers flaring.  Imagine being a passenger and discovering that not only is your trip cancelled, you aren’t getting reimbursed for it!

Why would an airline DO that?

The reason companies hire customer service speakers is to learn to make choices that make current and future customers happy.  That airline that refused to help its grounded, frustrated customers would have done well to follow that thinking.  Customers talk.  Word spreads.  (People not traveling from coast-to-coast across the country who didn’t even know anyone effected heard the story on the morning news as they got dressed!)

I don’t know if the airline gave in to pressure from competitors and refunded ticket prices or if they steadfastly refused to give customers their money back.  Either way, as the storms hit and listeners tuned in, and that airline paid a big price.

A lost battle on the airwaves as well as in all those northeast airports could have been avoided had that airline hired and heeded the words of an effective customer service speaker.  Don’t let anything similar happen to you!  As a speaker, I’ll make sure your decision makers and employees hear how to give service that keep your customers loyal.  That’s what you want in a customer service speaker.  What’s more, that’s the service your customers expect and deserve to get.

By the way, to book Vicki Hitzges (that’s me), visit this website’s Contact page or call 214.536.1888.  A customer service speaker motivates your employees to keep your customers happy.  Book BEFORE your next storm hits!

Customer Service Keynote Speaker Gets What Kind of Service? (Guess)

 

A customer service story:  (See if you can guess the ending.)

This past weekend, Dallas had tornados.  Big storms.  Strong winds.  Pounding rains. Great for sleeping.  Horrid for flying.  Also bad, it turns out, if you’re a tree.  My tree.

Turns out, that once mighty oak had been standing for nine months in water and suffered root rot.  The high winds grabbed that enormous tree over and BAM! down it went.

The reason the tree had been standing in water and rotted (according to the city inspector who came by today), was because my lawn sprinkler guy had set the sprinkler system to come on for twice as long as needed.  That extra water not only sent my water bill skyrocketing, but unbeknownst to me, it also left that tree sitting in the lowest point of the yard in standing water that never got a chance to drain.

So, not only did the sprinkler guy’s mistake cost me a gorgeous tree, it could have cost a home repair (had the tree fallen a few feet father) and WILL cost several hundred dollars for the price of having a crew carve it up and haul it away.  Fortunately, no one was injured and the only casualty was my pocketbook.  (In addition to the tree cost, my water bill unnecessarily shot up from $150 to $450 a month.  That could have been “shoe money!”)

I called the sprinkler repair guy to tell him what happened.  Two notes:  He disagrees with the city’s assessment that I overwatered.  Also, he’s also sick today.  Given those two factors, how likely do you think it was that he’d be open to pay for either part of that sky high water bill OR the cost to remove the tree?  (That’s where you guess what happened.)

I’d like to think it’s because I’m a great customer service speaker that things turned out like they did.  The truth is, I just got great service.  Here’s what happened:

  1. I didn’t ask him to pay for the tree removal.  A friend volunteered to cut up the tree if I’d rent a chain saw.  So I asked the sprinkler guy if he owned a chain saw (he did) and if I might please borrow it.  He agreed.  Not only that, but he also volunteered to let me borrow his extension cord and he also said he’d replace the cord (blade?) so the saw would be sharp.
  2. Then he volunteered to give me a free, sprinkler inspection in the Spring. (I didn’t jump at that because I wasn’t certain he knew what he was doing when it came to watering my lawn.)  Still, it’s a pricy inspection and it was nice.
  3. We hung up friends. I’d saved the cost of renting a chain saw ($63-$126), got an extension cord and won’t have to buy the new blade.  I’ll still be stuck with the high water bill and will have to spend the weekend cutting and hauling with my kind, wood-cutting friend.
  4. But here’s the surprise. A few minutes later, the phone rang.  It was the sprinkler guy.  He said, “Vicki, I told you, I’m sick.  I should have offered to help pay for your water bill.  Please forgive me.  I’ll still give you the chain saw.  And give you a free sprinkler inspection in the Spring.  But I’m also putting a check in the mail for $150 to help pay for your high water bill.  It’ll go out today.”

I’m out the tree.  Still have a mess in the backyard.  BUT, I’m happy with my sprinkler guy.  He did his best to make me happy under the circumstances.  And he did.  If, as a customer service speaker, I could inspire that kind of kindness in every service provider, we’d all feel a lot happier.

P.S.  You can’t have my friend.  He’s a keeper.  J

By the way, if you need a customer service speaker, do call.  I look forward to helping you get great results no matter what challenges your organization’s facing!

A Customer Service Speaker Gives You 11 Proven Ways To Increase Profits

As a customer service speaker, I study how to motivate… empower… boost morale… and keep employees working for your bottom line. Let me ask:

Have you struggled with unhappy or irate customers?

Most companies promise to deliver excellent customer service. Everywhere you see ads, you see photos of welcoming employees. You’ve undoubtedly read the slogan “service with a smile” along with the promise of friendly customer service.

But get this — only a few companies actually deliver excellent customer service. And even if you think your company is one of the “good” ones, chances are it’s probably not.

Want proof?

The management consulting firm, Bain and Company, says 80% of CEOs believe their companies provide excellent service, but only 8% of customers actually agree. Eight!

Think about that. Only 8% of customers are happy with the service they received. 92 percent leave angry or annoyed. That’s a HUGE difference!

And what about the 20% of CEOs who know their companies are not providing excellent service? If they even suspect their business’s service is second-rate, they’re right. It is!

Want to be certain your company really does give great service? Want to be sure your customers enjoy doing business with you? Here’s an idea….

Make Certain Your Customers Love You – Book Customer Service Speaker Vicki Hitzges

If you want a high energy, interactive, FUN customer service presentation give me a call. I’ll make sure your people enjoy the session and leave with specific takeaways that improve your service and thus increase your bottom line.

I’m not just faking that part about good customer service. I deliver. Your clients will appreciate your company’s fresh attitude and actions. You’ll enjoy the increase in morale and monetary results.

11 TOP TIPS FROM A CUSTOMER SERVICE SPEAKER

Below you’ll find 11 techniques your people can take now to please your clients. They’ll help you deliver the service you want to give and your customers want to receive.

Customer Service Speaker Top Tip #1 SMILE!

People respond to happy people. Even if you feel miserable, smile! To quote Zig Ziglar, “Better an insincere smile than a sincere jerk.”

Customer Service Speaker Top Tip #2 SHAKE CLIENTS’ HANDS FIRMLY

It’s amazing how many people STILL give a limp handshake. ICK! No one likes that! Not even other limp hand shakers! Grasp an outstretched hand fully and firmly.

Customer Service Speaker Top Tip #3 STOP AND LISTEN

Always let the person you’re dealing with FEEL that they are vitally important. Ignore your phone, your work and your computer. Look in client’s eyes and listen as they speak.

Customer Service Speaker Top Tip #4 USE THE PERSON’S NAME

As Dale Carnegie observed, there is no sweeter sound in all the world than a person’s own name. Be sure and use it!

Customer Service Speaker Top Tip #5 LET IRATE CUSTOMERS VENT

When a customer is angry, give your name, offer to help, and listen. For example, “I understand you’re upset. My name is _____. I want to help you. Please tell me what happened.” THEN….just be silent. After two minutes, IF you’re completely quiet, they’ll take a breath, feel MUCH calmer and you can deal with them.

Customer Service Speaker Top Tip #6 ASK, “WHY NOT DO THAT?!”

If a customer wants you to paint, lay carpet or do construction at night, why not do that? They’ll pay for it. If they want you to use their forms instead of yours, why not? You’ll make more money, get a happy, loyal customer and probably earn a long-term relationship that lasts for years and years and years.

Customer Service Speaker Top Tip #7 MAKE IT EASY TO BUY FROM YOU

Many companies sell on line. Customers can only see photos of the products. If a shopper calls wanting to know if a rug, for example, is red, orange or peach, the store’s rep should know OR be able to find out quickly and call back with the answer.

Customer Service Speaker Top Tip #8 ERR ON THE SIDE OF RESPECT

Call an older person “Mister” or “Ms” and their last name UNLESS that person says, “Just call me Joe.” I’ve seen 20-something employees refer to distinguished physicians as “Pete” when everyone else says, “Hello, Doctor Jones.” Doctor Jones earned his title. Be sure to use it.

Customer Service Speaker Top Tip #9 BE A PLACE THAT’S FRIENDLY & FUN

Years ago, when frozen yogurt was a big craze, my parents lived near five yogurt shops, but one store got almost all the traffic. That’s because the man who owned the shop lit up whenever any customer entered his shop. He had a way of making customers feel welcome, wanted and special. He was friendly, fun and…successful.

Excellent Customer Service Tip #10 DON’T MAKE CUSTOMERS WAIT

If you have two stores and one makes you wait while the other doesn’t, chances are you’ll go to the faster store.  A friend said, “My bank takes forever to answer calls.  The phone just rings and rings.  Then, I get transferred and it rings again.  I got so irritated, I switched banks today.”  Don’t lose your customers!  Help your clients right away.

Customer Service Speaker Top Tip #11 DON’T SAY “NO”— BE CREATIVE

People don’t like the word “no.” So, instead of saying, “No, we don’t have any” say, “We’ll get more in next week.” Instead of saying, “No, we don’t sell those” say “Let me show you something similar I think you’ll like.” Make being positive a game. Say “No” to saying no.

As a customer service speaker, I’ve found employees enjoy giving good service once they learn and commit to delivering it. External customers react positively and morale among internal customers skyrockets. Feel free to contact me to discuss challenges specific to your industry.

In the meantime, the 11 tips above will help your business zoom ahead. WATCH! Your group will deliver outstanding customer service.

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