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So, you want to receive great customer service?  You want to be treated with respect, and you want your complaint resolved.  We want what is right – a good customer service experience. For this short article, let’s take a different approach.  Rather than writing about how to deliver great customer service, I will write about how to receive great customer service. Some companies are great at delivering an amazing customer experience.  For others, it is an effort.  For those tough and challenging times, getting a better customer service experience may take a little more effort and sometimes even a little restraint on your part.  When things aren’t going your way, it can be frustrating.  So, how can you turn a customer service problem around?  (By the way, even if a company is very customer focused, you can make that great experience even better by the way you treat the customer service representative.) Let’s start with a confrontational situation to illustrate the point.  There is an old story that goes something like this: A passenger approached an airline representative about his lost luggage.  Obviously upset, he more than complained.  He yelled and made derogatory remarks about the airline.  The airline employee’s response was simple.  “Sir, I can see you’re upset.  Right now, there are only two people who care about your lost luggage and you are starting to make one of them upset.” The moral of the story is that, as a customer, you can’t get what you want by being unreasonable.  If there is a problem, a level-headed approach with reasonable suggestions will always win over confrontational arguments, negative attitudes and insulting remarks.  The old expression that comes to mind is that you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.

My suggestion to get what you want in almost any situation, be it a complaint or just a typical everyday business transaction, is to:

Think about the Golden Rule that we learned as kids.  Are you acting like you would want to be treated?  The Customer Golden Rule might be this: “Treat the company that you are doing business with the way you, as the customer, want to be treated.” 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 Connect with Shep on LinkedIn. (Copyright ©MMXII, Shep Hyken)

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