5 Essential Telephone Communication Skills for Customer Service

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5 Essential Telephone Communication Skill for Customer Service

There are various channels available nowadays for customer service to utilize, such as social media, emails, and apps. But phone calls still the best way to communicate with your customers.

Unfortunately, answering phone calls from customers is not an easy thing to do. More often than not, instead of helping customers, we made the problem goes from bad to worse. This happens frequently when your customer service staff lacking the skills needed to answer a phone call.

That’s why the customer service department needs to have the essentials skills on how to help the customer via telephone calls. Here are some of the skills they need:

Use a positive tone

This may sounds cliche, but your smile can be heard by the person on the other end of the phone call. Smiling can help you build positive and friendly communication with your customers.

Make sure your intonation is clear. Don’t talk too fast so your customers having a hard time understanding you. Avoid raising your voice so the caller won’t think that you’re angry at him/her. But also don’t lower your voice so it’s hard to hear.

Maintain your pace at 130 to 150 words per minute. Try to talk naturally but still enthusiastic enough to whatever your customers had to say. Maintain those aspects, and then you will see your customer service improving.

Make it crystal clear

When talking with customers on the phone, make sure you express your intention clearly. Use words and phrases that easy to understand by anyone. Avoid jargon or words that hard to understand.

As a customer service, the last thing you want is a confused customer or make them feel inferior. Avoid slangs such as “dude”, or “yeah”. If you are still using filler words such as “um” or “like”, start practicing pause instead while thinking about your answer.

When the phone rings while you are eating, you need to stop eating before answering. A lot of people still think that talking while eating is improper.

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Be a sincere customer service

Start from picking up the phone and saying “hello”, you have to do it sincerely. Avoid scripted greetings. Your customer contacts you via phone calls means that they want to speak with a person, not a robot.

Get used to saying your company name, yours, and offering helps after you pick up the phone. If you receive a transferred call from another department, make sure you mention your department name to make the customer feels connected to the right people.

Don’t say such things as “I don’t know”, “I can’t help you with that”, or “wait a second”. After hearing what the customers had to say, provide them time estimation on how long you can solve their problem.

Say the customer name

After acknowledging their name, use it to address them. Don’t address them with “you”, call them by their name. Personalization is the best way to build a healthy relationship with the customer.

Don’t hesitate to ask them to pronounce their names. A personal touch like this is valuable to your customers and will make them feel honored.

Improve your customer service by leaving them satisfied

Before ending the telephone call, make sure the customer fully understand the solution you provide. Don’t forget to ask “is there anything else that I can help you with?” until the customer had nothing more to ask or say.

Give them information that you think they will need. If you think they need a follow-up, inform them when is the best time to contact you.

When all is said and done, finish the call in a friendly manner such as “thank you for calling us” or a simple good morning/afternoon/evening. This kind of gesture will make your customers know that you are more than happy to help them and willing to do it again in the future.

Conclusion

Answering phone calls certainly requires some skills and training. When necessary, you can implement a system to further improve your customer service team, such as the help desk & ticketing system.

The system can also help you to record phone calls conversations and convert them into tickets to be followed up later. Read other tips and tricks to improve your help desk team by clicking on the link below.

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