Let us create a 3D eBook for you!
Let us create a 3d Digital eBook for you! DigyCat.com

Learn to Anticipate Your Customers Needs


This morning I was having breakfast with my good friend Diane at one of my favorite breakfast nooks. I enjoy the atmosphere there although I've been less than pleased with the customer service so far.

This morning when we decided to go to breakfast, my mouth started watering for their delicious scones. They usually have 3-4 kinds available such as chocolate chip, blueberry and cranberry. I have shared these with my mom a few times and always love it with raspberry or strawberry jam and a "spot" of mint tea and honey.

This morning was no different. I knew exactly what I wanted when I got there. When it was my time to order I asked the waitress to bring some jam with my scone. Her answer totally put me off and I got defensive. She said: "well, we might have some jelly, but most people want raspberry or strawberry and I'm not sure if I can find any, so you might have to have orange".

The hot prickles hit the back of my neck and I got ticked! I'm the customer after all, paying you and I don't care if you have to run down the street to get the right jelly, I know you have it.. so FIND it!

My answer surprised her. I said, "oh NO, that won't do. I don't eat orange. You'll have to find me some of the other jams that I like". (I think I even said I HATE orange... to be extra dramatic! Okay, so it's a little over the top... but I didn't WANT orange! )

Long story short, she found the jelly. But we were both a bit upset throughout the process. I was upset because I'm a regular customer and I know what the restaurant offers. She was upset because I challenged her and strongly suggested that she serve me what I wanted? which meant she was going to have to work a bit harder.

Learning to anticipate your customer's needs means that when you find out that customers like a certain service, or a certain product more than others, then KEEP IT ON HAND. If they don't like a certain system or they don't like something that you offer, be willing to listen to the complaints and solve the problem first if you can. If you can't, then sympathize with the customer, explain and offer a different solution! Never just say "no" to a customer if you want to keep them coming back.

For the waitress this morning to be effective, she'd have to go the extra step and tell her management that she's noticing that they're running low on Strawberry and Raspberry jelly. She'd have to request that the manager order EXTRA of those and keep them on hand at all time. She would have needed to handle me by saying that she'd do WHATEVER she could to find the jam I requested, and if she was unsuccessful, she'd figure something out. (If it came down to that, then she should offer me free scone or something of that nature.)

Pleasing her customers will bring bigger tips and what else? The all important returning customer!!! The 80-20 rule is always in effect: 20% of your customers will give you 80% of their business. That means that you HAVE to learn to know what the customers LIKE so you can be ready.

What about you? Are you ready for your customers? Do you know what they'll complain about or what they want more of? Can you prepare in advance so you won't be caught off guard?

Learning what your customers want is important. But learning what they will want NEXT is the sign of truly outstanding customer service.

Mary Gardner, The Charisma Coach! is an Executive Communications Consultant and Trainer. She works with, coaches and trains individuals, sales teams, executives, and celebrities. Her topics are sales, customer service, teamwork, coaching and communications. She owned and operated one of the first coaching institutions on the east coast, CCI, in NYC, Philly and NJ. Mary has appeared on ABC's 20/20 and has self published a book on public speaking. Mary is married to Sway and is mommy to Jeremy 5, and lives in Orlando, FL.

Contact: mary@marygardner.com or WEB: www.marygardner.com


MORE RESOURCES:

Customer Service - Google News

This RSS feed URL is deprecated

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Tsunami warning canceled after massive earthquake strikes off Alaska - News & Observer


Tsunami warning canceled after massive earthquake strikes off Alaska
News & Observer
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 struck off Alaska's Kodiak Island early Tuesday, initially prompting a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and Canada's British Columbia while the remainder of the U.S. West Coast was ...

and more »

Be careful when searching online for customer service help numbe ... - AZFamily


AZFamily

Be careful when searching online for customer service help numbe ...
AZFamily
A woman got a fake customer service number when she tried to Google search for one and she wants other people to be careful online.
Scammers target customer service numbers in Google searches ... WWBT NBC12 News

all 2 news articles »

A Secret Of Customer Service Success And Job Satisfaction: Help Even When You Can't Help - Forbes


Forbes

A Secret Of Customer Service Success And Job Satisfaction: Help Even When You Can't Help
Forbes
Customer service can be frustrating work, because of the limiting parameters. You're interacting with customers briefly and in a closely-defined role, where there's a ceiling on how much you can do for them. You're handling a product return, but the ...

What Amazon Go's cashier-less grocery means for customer service - WSB Atlanta


WSB Atlanta

What Amazon Go's cashier-less grocery means for customer service
WSB Atlanta
On Monday, Amazon debuted its first cashier-less grocery store in Seattle, Washington, ushering in a decidedly new era in customer service. Amazon Go, as the venture is called, works by streamlining the shopping experience, allowing the customer to ...
Amazon's New Checkout-Free Grocery Store Doesn't Take Food Stamps Slate Magazine
Amazon Go draws crowds: How does it work? Answers to questions on the new retail store Seattle Times

all 604 news articles »

InsureMyTrip Named Finalist in 12th Annual Stevie© Awards for ... - PR Newswire (press release)


InsureMyTrip Named Finalist in 12th Annual Stevie© Awards for ...
PR Newswire (press release)
WARWICK, R.I., Jan. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- InsureMyTrip, the travel insurance authority, is pleased to announce it has been named a finalist in the 12th annual prestigious Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. InsureMyTrip will ultimately be a ...

and more »

Coinbase hires a new VP of Operations to lead its customer service ... - TechCrunch


TechCrunch

Coinbase hires a new VP of Operations to lead its customer service ...
TechCrunch
Coinbase just announced they're hiring Tina Bhatnagar as VP of Operations and Technology to lead all operational teams at Coinbase and GDAX. But perhaps most relevant right now is the fact that her responsibilities will include overseeing the fast ...
Coinbase taps Twitter for much-needed customer service expertise Financial Times
Finally, Coinbase Is Addressing Its Customer Service Issues Hacked
Coinbase hires former Twitter exec to lead customer service efforts Finextra (press release)
CoinDesk  - Fortune  - Business Insider
all 9 news articles »

CES Showcases Robots (Again) And Demonstrates How They Can ... - Forbes


Forbes

CES Showcases Robots (Again) And Demonstrates How They Can ...
Forbes
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 09: LG's CLOi personal assistant robot is displayed during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images). You check into a hotel. You get into your room ...

and more »

T-Mobile's customer service is its biggest success story – BGR - BGR


BGR

T-Mobile's customer service is its biggest success story – BGR
BGR
Since John Legere took control of T-Mobile in 2012, the carrier has orchestrated a remarkable turn-around. Through launching the Un-Carrier initiative, T-Mobile turned its scrappy underdog status into a marketing plug, and by adding the iPhone to its ...

and more »

Money Can Ruin Everything In Customer Service And The Customer Experience (Here's How To Fix This) - Forbes


Forbes

Money Can Ruin Everything In Customer Service And The Customer Experience (Here's How To Fix This)
Forbes
I often make the argument (when I'm designing or redesigning a client company's customer experience or customer service approach) that the best way to conceptualize the customer experience is as a movie you're producing for your customer to star in ...

LargeFriends.com - the best dating site for plus-sized singles!
SuccessfulMatchCentral.com - the best dating site for plus-sized singles!

PreLaunchX

AusTrade Domain Is For Sale - $15,000 For Enquiries eMail Us

© www.AusTrade.biz - 2012

home | site map | links