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Manners Matter ~ Always

Jana Love | Apr 10, 2018 1:57:00 PM

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I was raised to care deeply about the lessons my parents instilled in me in regards to manners. They were completely inflexible about me saying "please" and "thank you."  It was expected that I would address adults with terms such as "Yes, sir," "Yes, ma'am," and "Mr." and "Mrs."  My mother also taught me how to write a proper thank you note, and to this day, I will still write three paragraphs, just like she taught me. So why do I mention all of this? Where have manners gone?  In the hospitality industry, one would hope manners matter and would get the focus it deserves with people serving people. Yet, still, we are often surprised with the poor manners displayed around us in the service industry.

"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use." Emily Post

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Topics: Memorable Interactions, Respect, First Impressions and Greetings

TWO-MINUTE TUNE-UP: FIRST IMPRESSION

Jana Love | Jan 16, 2018 9:07:00 AM

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Topics: Customer Experience, Communication, First Impressions and Greetings

Recovering That Bad First Impression You Just Made

Katie Scheer | Oct 31, 2017 9:31:00 AM

Bad First Impression.pngYou've messed up. That new customer did not catch you at your finest moment, and you are embarrassed. You want to recover. But wait- first impressions are everything, right? It's true that they do have a lasting impression, but you can take swift action to start the recovery process so that you can make a better long-term impression. That way, your first impression is not the last impression.

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Topics: First Impressions and Greetings

A Tale of Two Hotel Experiences

Katie Scheer | May 9, 2017 9:22:00 AM

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In the last two months we had two very different hotel experiences in two different beach towns. The impressions that were left with us are so contrasting. I have now truly realized how my overall happiness, like many of today's travelers, is driven by the experience rather than the money I spend or save. There is much for every business to learn from this, which I will summarize after you first read the snapshots of our two hotel stays...

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Topics: Memorable Interactions, Rapport, Customer Service, Customer Experience, First Impressions and Greetings

Would You Buy From You?

Jana Love | Mar 14, 2017 9:04:00 AM

I challenge all of you sales people out there to answer one question ~ honestly. Would you buy from you? Consider all you bring to your sales table, your approach, the words you choose, your voice, your appearance, and mannerisms. Would you get the attention of the perspective buyer, or would they continue their search?

The sales person, in the beginning, is the initial attraction to the product being sold. The importance of this moment in the sales process can't be overlooked or underestimated. If the perspective buyer can't connect with the sales person, they often won't even consider what is being sold. 

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Topics: Business Skills, Sales and Selling, First Impressions and Greetings

No Second Chances with First Impressions

Katie Scheer | Apr 19, 2016 9:24:00 AM

 

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First impressions are powerful. So powerful, in fact, that in customer service, they have a direct impact on your bottom-line.  This should be an obvious and known fact, but if so, why is it that we still witness so many poor, sloppy, and sometimes embarrassing first impressions from businesses?  Don't let your customers be victims of this.  We have quick tips and helpful information for you and your team so you all be masters of the first impression (which translates to more business and revenue!).

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Topics: Customer Service, First Impressions and Greetings