It was just a small thing that most people wouldn’t notice, but it was a detail worth noting in the quest for outstanding service. I’ll try and paint you a verbal picture of the situation. I just came back from staying at one of the Disney hotels in Orlando. There was a line at the […]
It was just a small thing that most people wouldn’t notice, but it was a detail worth noting in the quest for outstanding service. I’ll try and paint you a verbal picture of the situation. I just came back from staying at one of the Disney hotels in Orlando. There was a line at the check-in counter. (I guess they were getting us ready for the lines at the theme park. Ha!)
At least eight people were checking in guests, so we were moving at a good speed. When it was my turn to check in, the open spot was at the other end of the front desk. Rather than the front desk person leaning over the counter and yelling, “Next,” she walked over from behind the desk to where the line was, smiled at me, greeted me, and asked me to come over to her area to check-in. All of the front desk personnel did the same thing when their area opened up for the next guest.
Contrast that with the very expensive hotel I just stayed at in New York City. It was my turn to check-in, and the guy at the front desk yelled, “Next.” When I walked up to him, he didn’t welcome me. He just said, “Name.”
This was just a little thing that Disney did, and by itself is nothing significant. But if enough of these little things are good, they add up and eventually get noticed. Conversely, so do the bad ones.
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Shep Hyken is a customer service/CX expert, award-winning keynote speaker, and New York Times bestselling author. Learn more about Shep’s customer service and customer experience keynote speeches and his customer service training workshops at www.Hyken.com. Connect with Shep on LinkedIn.
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