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Latest "Internal Customers" Posts

Megan Singh on How to Create the Best Place to Work and the Best Place for Customers to Buy

What are some ways that you can show your customers, and your employees, that you are truly customer focused?

Shep Hyken interviews Megan Singh, Project Management Director at Squaremouth, a four-time Gold Stevie Award winner for Customer Service Department of the Year, to get ideas that you can implement in your organization. Continue reading

Diana Oreck on How to Be a Customer Service Rock Star

What lessons can we learn from rock stars in the world of customer service and customer experience, like Ritz-Carlton?

Shep Hyken interviews award-winning training and development expert, international consultant and speaker, former VP of Ritz-Carlton Leadership and current Executive VP of Owner Experience at NetJets, Diana Oreck, about the traits that make for good customer service.

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Anticipatory Customer ServiceSome of you may be familiar with the 1970’s and 80’s hit TV show M*A*S*H, based on the novel and movie by the same name. The series premiered in 1972 and played for eleven seasons. While, most refer to the show as a sitcom, some view it more as a “dramedy” than a comedy series because of the heavy dramatic setting, which was a medical unit in the Korean War. Sure, there were a lot of laughs, but the message behind the show was very serious. So, what does all of this have to do with customer service? Continue reading

Steve Curtin on the “Other Dimension” Necessary to Raise Your Customer Service from Ordinary to Extraordinary

Sure, you hire your people based on job function, but shouldn’t you also be hiring on job essence?

Shep talks with Steve Curtin who says, “Employees consistently execute mandatory job functions for which they are paid, yet they inconsistently demonstrate discretionary customer behaviors, which are known as ‘voluntary job essence.'”

In other words, your employees may be doing what they were hired to do, trained to do, and are paid to do. What they are less clear about is why they’re doing it, and how they’re doing.

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Recently one of our subscribers asked me, what traits a person must possess to deliver a good customer service experience. I asked if this was for a customer support rep, and he said no. He was hiring for his IT department. We went back and forth via email, and I thought that a summary of my answer might be worth sharing. Continue reading

When it comes to customer service, everyone can be a leader. You do the right thing, because you know it’s the right thing to do. Others notice and admire you. With that in mind, what I’m about to share isn’t as much about customer service (although it could be) as it is about stepping up with the characteristics and traits that can make you a leader – someone others want to emulate and act like. Continue reading

Roy AtkinsonRoy Atkinson on Amazing Technology and
Advances in the World of Customer Service

Shep Hyken speaks with HDI’s senior writer/analyst, thought leader, customer support guru, and co-host of the popular #CustServ Tweet Chat, Roy Atkinson. They discuss how technology is advancing customer service and support.
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three-words-to-describe-the-businessI’m very excited to share this concept with you, especially as we approach National Customer Service Week. If you’ve been following me for longer than a year, then you know that Customer Service Week is the first full week of October, and this year it’s October 3-7. So, as we approach this year’s customer focused holiday, I want you to consider working through an exercise that will help you create a better customer service experience. Continue reading

Bill Gessert Shares Tips to Make
National Customer Service Week a Success

Shep Hyken speaks with writer, speaker, and President of the International Customer Service Association (ICSA), Bill Gessert about National Customer Service Week. (This year the dates are October 3-7, 2016.) They discuss the background and history of this week, which includes a Presidential Proclamation, and discuss the importance of appreciating both your external and your internal customers (the people you work with). In addition to sharing ideas that your entire company can celebrate, they also provide great tips for making this special week successful. If you want to make your National Customer Service Week a success, you can’t miss this episode of Amazing Business Radio!
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This week on our Friends on Friday guest blog post my colleague, Brooke Cade writes about how important communicating with your employees and listening to their insight is for improving company culture. One of my favorite ideas in the article is when employers enable employees to take ownership of their jobs and any issues that may present themselves.
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