The success of business houses is widely based on the efficient customer service skills. As they say first impression is the last impression, in fact first impression has a lasting impression. A customer service executive whether online on phone or in person should be very cordial, polite and a good listener. When dealing with customers in person, the employees is expected to be well attired, with clean clothes and should also be well groomed. When dealing with customers in reception and front counter areas, most employers would expect a higher dress standard, although again this will depend on what the work role demands.
An employee might be very efficient with work but a warm and pleasing personality can make him/ her earn extra brownie points. There are grooming programs conducted by companies that can help enhance the personality of the employees. Other training curriculum includes efficient communication and for that training is provided to improve their soft skills. Efficient communication skill is very important for a customer executive, in the training the employees are taught ways to communicate and hold a conversation and also make the customer comfortable. An efficient communication technique is based on efficient listening ability and that’s possible only if you are a good listener, and for that the employees are trained to be patient and calm and hear out the customer and always be polite.
Telephone helpline is the backbone of any successful service oriented business and for that companies make sure that proficient telesales executives are employed. Sometimes the company can also organize training session for employees from time to time to upgrade their customer service skills.
A person looking at a career as a customer care executive can also undergo a telesales training where students are taught tactful ways to deal with wrath of dis satisfied customers. The training courses ensure that the trainees are equipped with the skills to handle any type of call in a professional friendly and polite manner.
One basic thumb rule to an efficient customer service skill is treating the customer as an individual, and as they say the customer is always right. The customer care executive should be well-versed with merchandise and service provided at the store to speak confidently to the customer. Another important technique is to greet regular customers by their names, this helps in adding a personal touch and the customer feels important and helps the customer care executive score extra brownie points. Remembering old and regular customers is a way to win the loyalty of the customer for future deals.
One of the best ways to make use of the database is sending season’s greetings to customers or if you have their personal details like Birthday or Anniversary then sending greeting cards can be great way to win over the loyalty of the customers. E-cards can be easily sent to their email address, these are simple ways to bring customers closer.
Winning an argument with a customer might satisfy your ego but you might be losing a customer forever. As a customer care executive one has to be polite at all times and even if the customer is being unreasonable a firm word rather than a rude word will surely be better.