Customer Service Training: Critical Elements of Customer Service

This two-day workshop will help teach participants how to:

  • Recognize that service delivery is an individual response value
  • Understand how an individual’s behaviour impacts the behaviour of others
  • Develop more confidence and skill as a problem-solver
  • Communicate more assertively and effectively
  • Make customer service a team approach

Introduction and Course Overview
The instructor will spend the first part of the day getting to know the participants and discussing what will take place during the workshop. Students will also have an opportunity to identify their personal learning objectives.

What is Customer Service?
This session will get participants thinking about the information to be covered over the next two days through small and large group discussion.

Who Are Your Customers?
In most organizations and agencies, customers take two forms: internal and external. This session will look at both types of customers.

Meeting Expectations
This session will focus on the four critical areas that customers have expectations for.

Presenting Yourself Properly
Using individual testing, participants will take a look at the impression they give customers and ways they can improve.

Setting Goals and Targets
During this session, we will look at setting SMART goals.

Standards
Participants will participate in a brief lecture about standards, and then they will develop a set of standards for the four key components of customer service.

Communication
This session will focus on communication barriers and how we can overcome them.

Telephone Techniques
This brief lecture will look at an ideal telephone call, from the greeting to the conclusion. We will also look at common situations, such as placing a caller on hold and taking a message.

Managing the Talkative Caller
Talkative people are often interesting and enjoyable, but on the telephone they can take up a lot of time. Participants will work in small groups to identify ways to deal with talkative callers.

Dealing with Difficult Callers
During this session, participants will work in small groups to complete a mix-and-match exercise on common types of difficult callers and appropriate responses.

Dealing with Challenges
There are many types of unexpected challenges that we can encounter every day. Participants will work on small groups to develop responses to some of these issues.

Increasing Your Assertiveness
We will explore an easy four-step formula that will help you communicate more effectively and assertively.

Dealing with Difficult People
This session will give participants an opportunity to understand difficult behavior, identify some coping strategies, and discuss the difficult person they find most trying.

Dealing with Conflict
We will examine five ways to deal with conflict.

The Problem Solving Process
We will look at a six step plan for solving problems. Then, participants will apply the plan to a case study.

Seven Steps to Customer Problem Solving
We will look at a plan designed specifically for solving customer service problems. Then, participants will practice using the plan in a role play.

The Recovery Process
During this session, we will look at a six-step process that you can use to turn customers around.

Eliminating Customer Service Problems
Wouldn’t it be great if you never had to deal with an upset customer again? This session will examine some ways that you can reduce customer service issues.

Service PRIDE is a Team Effort
This session will look at five things that the company as a team can do to improve customer service.

Doing Your Part
This session will help participants identify ways that they can make a personal contribution to successful customer service.

Dealing with Stress
This session will offer some quick, easy ways to de-stress in any place, at any time.

Workshop Wrap-Up
At the end of the day, students will have an opportunity to ask questions and fill out an action plan.

Shalane BowleyCustomer Service Training: Critical Elements of Customer Service