Customer Service Interaction

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Good interaction leads to customer loyalty.
Good interaction leads to customer loyalty. (Image: white man and woman - business handshake image by endostock from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

To achieve customer satisfaction depends on employee customer service behavior. For a company to differentiate itself from others, in a competitive service environment is to provide excellent customer service. To provide excellent customer service in a telephone situation is one method, to provide customer service in a face-to-face situation, this could present a challenge. The interaction with your customer will make the difference if they continue doing business with you.

Acknowledge Your Customer

Acknowledge the customer and indicate your willingness to help in a friendly manner. Each time you greet a customer, modulate your tone of voice and pitch. If you can’t help the customer immediately, it’s still critical to acknowledge him. On a call, answer the call right away, and do not let the customer be placed on hold for too long.

Make sure your tone of voice is in sync with your words.
Make sure your tone of voice is in sync with your words. (Image: mouth image by Connfetti from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Affirm your Understanding

After you assess your customer's problem, affirm your understanding. This will allow the customer to add information that he did not mention. This will diffuse any negative emotions the customer feels, and will allow you to proceed in a constructive manner.

Get customer approval for the solution to the problem.
Get customer approval for the solution to the problem. (Image: thumb up image by Yuriy Mazur from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Listen to the Customer

Listen to the customer's complaint without interrupting. If you are familiar with the complaint, let the customer finish what he has to say. The customer feels better when she knows she can vent her anger freely. After the customer vents his anger, you can offer solutions to the problem. There is nothing worse than asking an irate customer to repeat what he has just said.

Listening is a valued skill for someone in customer service.
Listening is a valued skill for someone in customer service. (Image: ohr image by Susanne Güttler from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Empathize With the Customer

Develop empathy for the customer. Put yourself in your customer’s shoes and think from your customer’s perspective. Customers want to know you appreciate them and their business. When your customer has a problem with your product or service, make an effort to assure them that you understand and plan to take action. Customers have many choices these days where to purchase their product or obtain a service.

The overall experience with determine if someone becomes a repeat customer.
The overall experience with determine if someone becomes a repeat customer. (Image: action image by NL shop from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Stay Calm

When a customer talks in a loud tone, and is irate, do not respond with the same tone. Stay calm and polite. When you stay calm and speak in a monotone voice, the customer usually brings his tone down. You do not want the situation to escalate. It is your job to listen to the customer's complaint. However, it is not acceptable to be verbally abused. Remain professional, even when asking a customer to stop behaving in a particular manner.

Maintain a smile and professionalism in the face of an angry customer.
Maintain a smile and professionalism in the face of an angry customer. (Image: business woman image by Kurhan from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Thank the Customer

At the end of each interaction, thank the customer. Always conclude a conversation with a “Thank you” or a verbal message of appreciation for their business.

Thank a customer every time they answer a question.
Thank a customer every time they answer a question. (Image: thank image by Mykola Velychko from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Positive Approach

Approach the customer with “what” you can do for them. Don’t start your conversation with a negative response, by saying what you “can’t” do for them.

A positive approach to a customer enables you to cope with a stressful situation.
A positive approach to a customer enables you to cope with a stressful situation. (Image: yes we can image by reises from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

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