Over the years I have run various customer services courses and as there was a demand for it, I supplied it. I rarely ran them as open courses because I wanted to ‘vet’ the companies to make sure they were ready for the training. The truth is that customer service ‘training’ is the last step for your organisation to take if you truly want to be customer centred (and then in the end you may not actually need it!).
Many call this process I’m talking about ‘Creating a Customer Culture’ and that in essence is what it is. I prefer to call it making customer care part of your DNA – where it drives your people instinctively, rather than you having to inspire it in them with initiative after initiative!
I’m including your sales and marketing functions in this too as from the customer’s prospective it is all service to them. And I’m also including internal customers because in business everyone who isn’t you is a customer. So that’s pretty much your whole organisation! Continue reading →
No, I haven’t gone mad; I just want to show you that it’s a mindset and culture thing!
Most training courses consist of the sharing of tools and techniques to use and implement in your organisation. These tools rely on the desire, commitment and will of the learner to use them.
The trouble is it’s not that simple. If it was just down to learning the tools then we would have no problem selling, serving, losing weight, managing time, finding love or any of the other goals we want to achieve in life.
It takes more than that. It takes a real desire to want to do something differently or better and the right culture to do it in.
There is little point in JUST giving your people tools for how to give a great sales and service experience. They know what ‘great’ does and doesn’t look like, they see it every day as customers themselves. It has to go deeper than that. They need to understand WHY they WANT to do it. Continue reading →