Proper Phone Etiquette – 10 Steps to Telephone Excellence
10 Steps to Phone Etiquette Excellence
(Learn Cell Phone Etiquette Tips too!)
- Preparation—You can actually prepare to take a phone call. Taking certain preparation steps will help you listen better and concentrate more fully on what the customer is saying.
- A Strong Start—If a phone call gets off to an awkward start, it can go downhill quickly from there. This step teaches you a 4-part greeting that, if done right, will impress any caller.
- Building Rapport—There are proven techniques you can use to build rapport with a caller. Whether the caller’s a high-powered businessman or a soft-spoken elderly person, there are appropriate and effective ways to build rapport.
- Effective On-Hold Techniques—There’s a right way and a wrong way to put a caller on hold. For example, when’s the last time a receptionist politely asked you if you were able to hold?
- Effective Call-Transferring—This step teaches two effective call transferring techniques—the guided transfer and the description transfer.
- Speaking Clearly—Anyone who wants to succeed in business today should be able to enunciate and speak clearly. Remember tongue twisters? You can actually use them as a warm-up for doing telephone work!
- Proper Tone of Voice—Tone of voice is the nonverbal component of your telephone personality. Learn how to treat each phone call as a separate “performance”.
- Positive Speech—Your use of language can make or break a call. There are certain words and phrases that can quickly turn off a caller; conversely, there are words and phrases that are music to a caller’s ears.
- Effective Listening—This step reviews 10 Positive Listening Behaviors. You’ll also learn the right techniques for diffusing an angry caller.
- Practice the Golden Rule—Wouldn’t it be a better world if we all treated each other the way we wish to be treated? When you’re on the telephone with a customer, you should treat the caller with the same dignity and respect you extend to the owner of your company.
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