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Giving Thanks Isn't Just "Thank You"

Katie Scheer | Nov 20, 2018 9:07:00 AM

Thanksgiving 2018It's an obvious and fitting time of year to discuss "giving thanks." It's certainly a time of reflection as we pause and think of all that we are thankful for, both personally and professionally. In business, the #1 thing we should be thankful for is our customers. It should come as no surprise to you that we are thankful for them, but do they feel appreciated? A simple "thank you" to them has become such a habit and ordinary part of our scripts and emails, so do you really think they pause when they hear or read those words and think, "Wow, they really appreciate me and the business I am giving them"? 9.5 times out of 10, the answer is no. 

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Topics: Thanks and Appreciation, Loyalty, Customer Service, Being Attentive

Say This, Not That: Lost in Translation

Jana Love | Nov 13, 2018 9:07:00 AM

What we say and what our customers hear can have two totally different meanings. Be aware that many phrases that are used daily might need to be considered as to whether or not what's being said is leaving the best impression. Here is an example—the customer is paying for their purchase and says to the person handling the check out, "thank you."  Sadly, 9 times out of 10 the person checking them out will say, "you're welcome" and leave it at that. Isn't this backwards? The customer is thanking the seller?! This is such a pivotal moment in leaving the best, last impression. Although, "you're welcome", is a nice phrase, if the customer does not receive a sincere, "thank you", the "you're welcome" feels like and sounds like, "NEXT." 

When considering how all team members represent your business by what they say and how they say it, these statements below offer some reflection on what not to say. 

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Topics: Demonstrating Consideration, First Impressions and Greetings, Communication

ProTip: Bit by Little Bit

Michelle Nitchie | Nov 6, 2018 9:04:00 AM

ProSolutions - Small Stones

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Topics: Procrastination, Self Improvement, Growth, Time Management

HOSPITALITY IN THE NEW AGE

Katie Scheer | Oct 30, 2018 9:06:00 AM

 

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Serving the millennial generation calls for a change of routine, as they now represent the largest generation in the country. Millennials are known to be impatient yet pragmatic idealists, while also being known as authentic and transparent. These traits are what make them different from other generations and very unique customers. 

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Topics: Hospitality Trends, Millennials, Customer Experience

THE SALES PROCESS: Step Three GAINING COMMITMENT

Jana Love | Oct 23, 2018 9:04:00 AM

StepThree Gaining Committment (102318) 

As we wrap up the third step in the Sales Process Series, your number one goal in sales is to gain commitment from the customer. However, The Sales Board wrote a blog on the research they found stating that, "...salespeople need dramatic improvement in achieving Sales Objectives and Gaining Commitment at each milestone of the sale." Their statistics show that 62% of salespeople fail to ask for commitment. That is a lot of potential sales heading out your door. 

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Topics: Gaining Commitment, Being Attentive, Listening

ProTip: Keep Climbing

Michelle Nitchie | Oct 16, 2018 9:04:00 AM

ProSolutions - Keep Going Up the Ladder

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Topics: Procrastination, Self Improvement, Innovation

Tips and resources on how to be a master of customer service and sales; to improve yourself personally, as an employee, and as a leader; and much more.

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