Top 10 Skills for Outstanding Customer Service – USA

According to a study by McKinsey, “70% of the buying experiences are based on how the customer feels they are being treated.”[i] People buy from companies that really cares for their purchase. A vital factor in expanding customer base and customer retention, organisations are fast recognising this fact. According to a Walker study, by the year 2020 customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator.[ii] In order to provide exceptional customer service every time, here are the top 10 must-have skills:


1 Customer Service Essentials


Develop great service approaches and know about classic customer behaviour
2 Communication


Use verbal and non-verbal communication to influence and persuade


3  Active Listening



Know the difference between listening and hearing. Listen with focus and ask questions to understand


4  Body Language



Learn how to adopt a positive body language






Exhibit confidence with your body language and the way you talk
6  Emotional Intelligence (EQ)



Understand and control emotions – of yourself and others – to manage situations and conversations


7 Conflict Resolution



Find common ground and individual needs. Reach the best solution through shortlisting and comparing


8  Dealing with Difficult People


Cope with difficult people by choosing your response and using coping techniques


9 Time Management


Manage your time to remain productive and happy


10 Over the Phone Improve your telephone skills to offer excellent customer service over the phone







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