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Nov
2019

Customer Service Communication Mastery

By Linda Larsen - Friday, November 29, 2019
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It was one of those travel days that didn't start out particularly well. Facing very little sleep, and three flights to get to the middle of the country for my next speaking engagement, I left my house before the sun came up. When I finally got to the airport, I was running late and desperately trying to find a parking spot… that wasn’t in the adjacent town.

When I approached the security checkpoint inside the terminal I realized that my Delta app was not working on my phone. With a deep sigh, I dragged my suitcase back downstairs to the check-in counter to get a paper ticket. After much ado, I stumbled my way back upstairs, got through security (after a “random” TSA check) and made my way to my gate. I boarded the plane and fell into my seat, clinging to my Starbucks coffee for dear life.

No sooner did I settle in than a flight attendant approached me sporting a huge smile. I was immediately intrigued. Her smile was…dare I say it….contagious.

Here’s exactly how the conversation went:


Flight attendant: "Hi! Good wonderful morning! Welcome aboard!"
Me: "Oh my gosh. Thank you for that amazing smile!"
Flight attendant: "Thank you for your great attitude!"
Me: "Um no. You get the credit on this one. You inspired this great attitude. I'll bet you have LOTS of customers with great attitudes "
Flight Attendant: (paused and thought for a moment) "Now that you mention it, I do!"
Me: "I rest my case."

Here’s the moral of the story. I was NOT a happy customer. I was, in fact, the kind of customer that makes you cringe when you see them heading toward you. And in seconds, she converted me from someone who could have been quite challenging to deal with into one who was actually happy and ended up complimenting her.

She brought a huge, authentic, warm and welcoming smile into our first interaction. Her warmth, that wonderful smile and the happy tone of her voice, changed me. For the better.

And who benefited from this encounter?

I did. Clearly.

But who else benefited from this? She did. She went from having to deal with a difficult, cantankerous, grumpy customer to being able to enjoy a rather happy, pleasant one. This made her job a lot easier

And finally, the company, Delta Airlines, benefited from the way she interacted with me. It was one more check in the column labeled “Why I will always be loyal to Delta and scream their praises to anyone who will listen.”

And here’s what’s really cool. It cost her NOTHING to do this. Zip. Zero. Nada. She apparently had just decided that, no matter what, she was going to greet everyone who came on board as if she was really, really, really happy to see them. And it worked.

Why not try this? Why not take responsibility for influencing your customers’ moods - for the better. Create the win-win-win for everyone involved.

Tiny investment. HUGE payoff.


 

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Nov
2019

Please Let Me Give You More Money

By Linda Larsen - Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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I am a motivational speaker by profession, but I used to be an actor for many years. As such, my favorite pastime whenever I'm not working is to go see live theater.  And even though this experience I am about to tell you about happened almost four years ago, the fact that I remember it so vividly really makes my point. It happened when I saw Noah Racey's Pulse at the Asolo State Theater. Four times. In one week.  

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Nov
2019

The WORST Customer Service Comment In the History of the World!

By Linda Larsen - Tuesday, November 05, 2019
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I felt like I was the lead actor in a surreal reality television show. A show about the real-life, almost unbelievable customer service experiences of a motivational speaker who just happens to talk about how to provide exceptional customer service.  Grab your popcorn. 

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Mar
2019

How to Create REALLY Happy Customers Who LOVE You!

By Linda Larsen - Wednesday, March 13, 2019
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As a motivational speaker, I travel a LOT and I still have a vivid memory of an intriguing experience I had several years ago at the DCA airport.  I picked a rental car from the National Car Rental lot and pulled up to the checkout kiosk.  And when the young man turned around to take my information, something REALLY interesting happened.  Now, before I tell you want happened, I need you to know that I was in what I call, a “neutral” emotional state.  I wasn’t particularly happy, certainly not sad – just kind of neutral. 

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Nov
2018

How to Turn a Difficult, Idiot Patient Into Your Greatest Raving Fan

By Linda Larsen - Wednesday, November 07, 2018
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“Stand here, bite down on the mouth piece and take a step forward,” the dental assistant said as she put me in the zippy 3D panoramic x-ray machine.  It was clear she wasn’t thrilled to be doing this since I was being seen on an emergency basis right at closing time and this was making her stay late.  I did as she asked. 

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Oct
2018

The Most CRITICALLY IMPORTANT JOB for Patient/Customer Service Providers

By Linda Larsen - Wednesday, October 10, 2018
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I’m a high maintenance dental patient. That’s right - a motivational speaker who is a high maintenance dental patient. It’s almost an oxymoron. But it’s true. I just think about going to the dentist and my left eye starts twitching. And what makes this really fascinating is that I am also the (self-proclaimed) World’s Most Experienced Dental Patient. Name a procedure and I’ve probably had it done - more than once. So you’d think I’d be over it by now. Yeah, right. I’m not. 

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Jul
2018

How to Give Your Patients What they REALLY Want!

By Linda Larsen - Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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"Happy energy,” the director responded when I asked why he selected me as one of the actors for the newest Coors Beer national commercial.  He had auditioned over one thousand actors for the ten very small (3 second) principle on-camera roles, one of which I had gotten.    

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May
2013

Just Give Me Some Kind Of Sign

By Linda Larsen - Monday, May 27, 2013
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As a motivational speaker on customer service, I'm always looking for examples of great, and not-so-great customer service. And I didn't have to look far last week. 

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