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The other day I was at my hotel waiting for my client to pick me up for a meeting. I wanted a quick breakfast, so I went to the hotel’s coffee shop to pick up some oatmeal. They had instant oatmeal in a cup. The cashier added the hot water and $4.00 later I was on my way. I sat down at an open seat in the hotel lobby and noticed that my oatmeal looked more like soup that oatmeal. Usually, you just wait a few minutes and the oatmeal thickens up, but that was not the case. So, I walked over to the coffee shop to see if they had any suggestions. Her response: “People always complain about that.” Continue reading

There’s an old joke that goes something like this: A guy goes to the doctor. He raises his arm and complains, “It hurts when I do this.” The doc says, “Then don’t do that.”

In other words, “Stop it!” Continue reading

My buddy went to dinner with his wife to celebrate their anniversary. The server overheard them talking about how many years they had been married and was flattered they chose to spend their special night at the restaurant. So, he brought them over complimentary champagne. They were surprised and most appreciative. That is, until the bill came.

As my friend looked over the bill he noticed there were two complimentary glasses of champagne on the bill had a charge of two dollars per glass. Since it was only four dollars, and rather than have a confrontation with the server, he just paid the bill. A perfect evening derailed when the surprise champagne turned out to be a bigger surprise than he expected. Continue reading

This week we feature an article by Kevin J. Berk about the importance of responding quickly to customer comments and reviews. Ask your customers to post online reviews. This shows that you have confidence that you will take care of your customers by delivering a great customer service experience and taking care of any problems that may arise – in such a way that will earn you a glowing online review. – Shep Hyken
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Just last week I attended Social Media Marketing World in San Diego. So, what does a social media marketing conference have to do with customer service? Plenty!

It’s been said that customer service is the new marketing. If that is true – and it is – then social media customer service is the updated version of that. And, if you’ve been following my work, you’ve heard me talk or write about how social media is a viable way to deliver amazing customer service. Regardless of the customer interacting with you in person, on your website or through social media channels, the experience should be one that brings the customer back, and more important, gets the customer to talk about you to their friends and colleagues. Continue reading

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It’s not if we will ever get a customer complaint. It’s when we’ll get that complaint. And some are worse than others.

Recently I attended an amazing speech delivered by Dr. Jason Selk . It was based on his concept that he calls The Relentless Solution Focus or RSF. This is a concept he teaches professional athletes and high-performing business people. It’s about having the right mindset to mentally turn a problem around. Continue reading

Don't Avoid Customer ComplaintsComplaint Avoidance

It is typical that most companies want to create a customer service experience that doesn’t give their customers anything to complain about. Well, it’s not a matter of if the customer will ever have a complaint. It’s when the customer will complain. Continue reading

Customer Service comes to the surface of major airline as news headlines focus on JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater. It appears he’d “had enough” with his job and decided to exit in grand style. After an argument with a passenger where curse words were exchanged, he grabbed a couple of beers, announced on the loud speaker system that he’d had it, opened a door and slid down the emergency chute.

Public response to Mr. Slater’s behavior has been interesting. He’s been applauded by some for his actions and has become somewhat of a hero to many who’ve wanted to exit their jobs in similar fashion.

Here’s my take: Shame on Mr. Slater. His behavior was everything but professional. I’m not saying the passenger was right. On the contrary, the passenger was 100% wrong. Still, no excuse for Mr. Slater to have reacted in the unprofessional manner he did. How should someone react in this type of situation? In a way that brings dignity and respect to both him/herself and the company he/she represents.

I preach that the customer is NOT always right. I usually follow up this line with, “So let the customer be wrong with dignity and respect.” However, when the customer is so wrong, the dignity and respect has to come back to the employee and the company.

So decide if the customer is worth keeping. If not, “fire” the customer. I would imagine that if Mr. Slater would have had the belligerent customer taken off the plane by the captain or a gate agent, he might have still received applause – from passengers who were impressed with how he handled the situation. That’s customer service!

Shep Hyken is a customer service expert, professional  speaker and New York Times   bestselling business author. For information contact (314) 692-2200 or For information on The  Customer  Focus™ customer service training programs go to Follow on Twitter: @Hyken
(Copyright ©MMXII, Shep Hyken)

This is the seventh in a series of ten frequently asked questions and answers about customer service. Please feel free to share your answer or comments to these questions.

What happens if a customer just isn’t being reasonable?

That happens. Sometimes customers aren’t reasonable. Sometimes it seems that no matter what you offer to do, the customer isn’t going to be happy. One technique we teach is to reverse the situation. This has to be set up properly. Ask the customer, “If you were me, working for this company, and I came to you with this situation, what would you do for me?” Ask the customer to be realistic. Remind him/her that you’re reversing roles. If it has gotten to this point you have probably already shared ideas or alternative solutions.

In the end, the customer may not be reasonable. Ask yourself, “Is this a customer worth keeping.” If so, do what you have to do. If not, this may be a good time to nicely help them learn about other options for getting what they want – such as the competition.

Please share with us your answer or comments to the above question. Thank you!

Shep Hyken is a customer service expert,  professional  speaker and New York Times bestselling business author. For information contact (314) 692-2200 or For information on The  Customer  Focus™ customer service training programs go to Follow on Twitter: @Hyken
(Copyright ©MMXII, Shep Hyken)