What’s the rush? Why are we all in such a hurry? Why do we all seem to be moving at the speed of light and what does this have to do with customer service?
It seemed like I was in every store within a 50 mile radius of my home last week. Grocery stores, the dry cleaners, a local consignment shop, a gift store, and the local sporting goods store. Ok, so I exaggerate…maybe not every store within a 50 mile radius but I was busy shopping. One of the things that struck me was how, at each of these venues, I felt rushed. Rushed to get my purchases on the belt or countertop, rushed to pull out my frequent buyer cards, rushed to complete the financial transactions, and rushed to collect my receipts and put my change back into my wallet. Before I had my pennies safely tucked away in my purse, the next customer in line was being helped and I was being moved off to the side to make way for the next person. I hate when that happens and so do many of the mystery shoppers who are are part of the Market Viewpoint secret shopping team. The aspect of feeling rushed makes us feel less important and in a world where it is becoming increasingly more difficult to have meaningful exchanges with those who are serving us, this is a big deal, especially when it comes to meeting my expectation as a customer. So here are my recommendations as a consultant in the field of customer satisfaction:
- Take a deep breath before each new customer – center yourself
- Visualize the transaction going smoothly
- Smile and greet the customer and be sure to make eye contact
- Make small talk with the customer
- Give the customer time to collect their purchases and put their money or credit cards away before moving on to the next customer
Your customers will feel more relaxed and valued as their leave your store, business, office, organization, or end their telephone call with you and you will have increased your chances for repeat business if you simply slow down and focus on the customer you are serving – at this moment.
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