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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

The 2017 Insight of Kindergarteners: Customer Service

Jana Love | Dec 5, 2017 3:02:00 PM

This will be our 4th year in a row providing you with some darling holiday enjoyment during this wonderful time of the year. Is there anything sweeter than the innocence of a child's view on how the world runs? Their perspective and beliefs on subjects like customer service are so straightforward and simple. Children's thoughts are pure and non-complicated, and this is where the lesson comes in for the adults. 

So for your entertainment, we asked a group of kindergartners (5 and 6 years old) questions about customer service, and each year, we receive some very insightful answers. Their understanding on what good and bad customer service looks like to them is simple and basic and comes from a place of if it "feels good" or it doesn't. And, at the core of all that we strive for in providing good customer service, isn't that a great jumping off point to focus on? Simplifying the customer experience through these basic, yet insightful understandings are perhaps the real lesson. 

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Topics: Memorable Interactions, Customer Service, Communication

The ProSo Method To Achieving Service "wow's"

Jana Love | Oct 3, 2017 9:17:00 AM

In the hospitality industry "wow factor" is a phrase not only used, but something the industry strives to achieve in the service they provide. There is a short list of companies that are noted and revered for consistently achieving this service level. The challenge that we see is executing and delivering the "wow factor" is often misunderstood.

Here's what I mean, as a consumer, we expect a certain level of good, consistent service and anything above this is a bonus. This isn't close to the level of service we are talking about regarding "wow." Studies show that 65% of customers that are "satisfied" will end up taking their business somewhere else for a better offer (better service). Customers are not "wowed" by expected service, but rather by the unexpected service provided that met a need they didn't even know they had. This is what separates the "good" from the "great."

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Topics: Memorable Interactions, Exceeding Expectations, Training

Do This, Not That: Thank The Customer First

Jana Love | Aug 8, 2017 9:03:00 AM

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Topics: Memorable Interactions, Being Attentive, Communication

Say This, Not That: Find a Better Way to Deliver "No"

Jana Love | Jul 25, 2017 9:14:00 AM

SayThisNotThat (072517).pngWhen dealing with customers, you can clearly convey "no" without ever having to say the word. For example, iInstead of "no, we don't have that," try saying, "I certainly see how that would be useful and helpful, but I'm afraid we don't have that at this time," or "While we don't currently have what you are looking for, we appreciate knowing what you want so that we can continue to improve our service." Positive language, delivered correctly keeps the door open for future customer interactions, and the customer will not feel as though it was a waste of their time. 

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Topics: Memorable Interactions, Customer Service Skills, Communication

Top 10 Customer Service Skills List: Be Attentive & Listen (#4 of 10)

Katie Scheer | May 30, 2017 9:26:00 AM

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(Originally posted on 11/5/13. Refreshed and enhanced in order to further capitalize on the popularity of the info.)

A key ingredient to creating a "wow" customer service experience is your ability to be attentive and to actively engage through the use of strong listening skills.  We have to be attentive during every interaction with the customer, otherwise there will be a disconnect between what the customer is saying, both verbally and nonverbally, and what you are doing.  We must give our customers our complete attention so we can truly understand what is being said; simply listening to and hearing what customers say is not enough.  The words being spoken are just the beginning.  You must pay attention to all of the extra, little things. 

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Topics: Memorable Interactions, Customer Service Skills, Customer Service Skills List, Being Attentive, Listening