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But Seriously Folks… Customer Service You Can Take to the Bank

On an episode of Undercover Boss, Joe DePinto, the CEO of 7-Eleven, went undercover at a 7-Eleven Store in Shirley, NY, to find out why they sell more cups of coffee than any other franchise. Shortly after arriving at work at 5:30 a.m., Joe discovered the secret of their success: an energetic, outgoing 7-Eleven employee […]

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Some Kidding Aside – Customer Service Basket Case

Customer Service means never saying “no.” I went into a sweets store at the mall this past weekend to buy a gift basket for a visiting client. As I browsed the store’s shelves, I noticed the goodies in the baskets looked less than appetizing, so I asked Jeff, the customer service representative, if he could […]

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Some Kidding Aside – Customer Service Smart TALK

When I walked into the electronics store the other day, I noticed that the customer service rep was talking to someone on her cell phone. I waved hello to her but she turned away from me and continued talking on the phone. I didn’t saying anything to her, thinking that I’d just let her finish […]

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Some Kidding Aside – Customer Service for Breakfast

For  just  a  moment,  forget  about  productivity.  Forget  about  making  your  company  more  money.  Forget  getting  a  better  performance  review. To  me,  good  customer  service  isn’t  really  about  any  of  those  things.  To  me,  providing  good  customer  service  is  about  the  person  that  I  want  to  be. Think  about  the  last  time  you  were  provided […]

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Some Kidding Aside – Always Be Recruiting!

One of the questions I am most frequently asked these days is: How do we hire quality employees who want to work? My answer is pretty simple, really: Always be recruiting. Recently, when I was speaking at a school nutrition conference, I asked for volunteers to stand up and tell me their best customer service […]

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Some Kidding Aside – Do You Buy Chairs? – The Power of Belief

In the 1996 movie Phenomenon, John Travolta plays George Malley, a simple, good-hearted car mechanic living in a small town in northern California.  After attending his birthday celebration at a local tavern, George walks outside, looks up at the stars, and is hit with a blinding flash of light. Shortly afterward, George discovers he has […]

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