Top 3 Ways to Improve your Customer Service Skills

It’s important to know how you can improve your customer service skills. This is mainly because today’s economy is ruled by customers. You cannot afford to ignore them let alone lose them. When a customer ends a call with your business and they feel satisfied, chances are that he will come back for repeat customer support and refer his friends to you. This definitely translates to increased business.

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The sad news is that even though many companies are aware of this fact, excellent customer care is still an elusive idea. The root of the problem is how we view customer service. Instead of viewing this practice as an idealistic business goal, we should take it as a basic human to human interaction. With this mentality towards customer care, you will approach your work positively and thus be able to execute your duties appropriately.

Alongside this view of customer service, you also need to improve your skills. Here are a few ways that can get you started. Read on.

# 3 Ways to Improve your Customer Care Skills

1. Improving Personal Skills

For you to deliver incredible services, you need to have amazing personal skills. Once in a while, you’ll be required to attend to an angry customer who has unpleasant things to say about your company. Handling such a client is a herculean task that calls for patience and a lot of understanding.

You might want to bring in a speaker or a trainer to teach you and your team on how you can handle such situations. You can also purchase training content which is available in an array of formats including audio-visual CDs, books, articles, blogs and newsletters. This will help in shaping your attitude and reaction towards your customers.

2. Know Your Job

To improve your customer care skills, you ought to know what your job entails. As a customer care professional, you are expected to attend to customers who often have numerous queries or require detailed information. You’ll also be required to solve complicated problems in a jiffy and yet be thorough and efficient to please the customers.

For you to do this, you need to be acquainted with the company’s general working procedures as well as the services that your company offers. The worst thing you can tell to a customer who is seeking guidance at the help desk is “sorry I don’t know”, so be equipped with the best answers for the common customers FAQs.

3. Willingness to Help

Having the willingness to help will not only help you improve your skills in customer service, but it will also ease your work in general. It’s among the top humane qualities that will help you be a better customer care executive. Though this is a quality that comes from within and thus can’t be inculcated, working on your attitude towards other people can help you develop the urge to help. You can start by helping your co-workers and slowly build on your willingness to help.

There are other countless ways to improve your customer service skills but the aforementioned three ways will certainly get you started.

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Stefanie Amini
is Specialist in Customer Success and chief writer and editor of I Want It Now, a blog for Customer Service Experts. Follow her @StefWalkMe