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3 Ways to Help Agents Self-Coach

One of the key coaching skills I discuss with managers is the difference between “telling” agents and “asking” agents. Most coaches understand this and agree that agents are more responsive to being asked questions about skills in coaching rather than just getting wordy lectures from the coach. But the benefit of using interactive techniques is [...]

Holidays on the Horizon: Is Your Contact Center Prepared for the Chaotic Months Ahead?

Though the holidays bring a surge in sales for many businesses, that usually translates to an increased volume of customer support requests. Even the most prepared service groups can experience chaos in the contact center during these months. I experienced this firsthand during my time as Director of Global Workforce Optimization at a Fortune 25 [...]

Are You Using Customer Feedback to Improve Processes?

Sometimes we become so involved in the design, execution and gathering of data that we may not observe what is really going on with our customers and center agents. Here’s one thing I think we can all agree on. Surveys are everywhere. They are coming from your grocery store, your favorite restaurants, online shopping sites [...]

Fear of Coaching

I love working with new coaches and helping them to become the best they can be. Most are very excited about coaching with agents and welcome the opportunity to apply their experience in a new role in the center. Many coaches are supervisors or leads who now coach regularly in addition to their other center [...]

By |October 17th, 2017|Best Practices / Metrics, Training / Coaching|

Call Center Cost Reduction: Automation Outranks Alternatives

Balancing the need to keep costs low and keeping customers happy is tough. But, Workforce Management (WFM) and contact center operations typically turn to one of four options to meet these objectives. These include digital solutions, right placement, workforce management, and automation. Each option provides a different return on investment and execution risk. Question is, [...]

Following Call Center Procedures (Including This Bad One)

Let’s face it…most agents want to be great agents. They want to keep their customers happy and that’s what we managers want too. Unfortunately some companies find ways to create negatives and obstacles that make it impossible for an agent to be successful in creating the best experience for their customers. One story I heard [...]

By |September 20th, 2017|Best Practices / Metrics, Customer Experience|

Banking on Loyalty

Welcome Financial Institution Pros! Today’s post is especially for you. In the midst of increasing usage of mobile banking and online transactions, it’s hard to believe that we still have customers who love to call our representatives in our centers and branches. Some of our customers just feel better speaking to a representative when they [...]

Are You Showing Sincere Agent Appreciation?

We train our agents to thank our customers and show appreciation for their business.  We coach to ensure that they make the customer feel important and valued, and sound sincere when they do this.  A poorly given thanks is no better than saying nothing and the customer can hear the insincerity in our word choices, [...]

Why the Contact Center Community is Achieving Unprecedented Levels of Success with Intradiem

Advanced intraday automation has reached critical mass and is quickly becoming a ‘must have’ platform for enterprise contact centers focused on improving customer experience and agent performance while reducing cost. Want proof? The value that centers at Sprint, Rogers, Pacific Gas & Electric, and others are realizing continues to increase. This community of innovators is [...]

By |July 20th, 2017|Intraday Automation|

A Rose By Any Other Name… Agent Word Choices

When coaching with our agents, we have many important skills to focus on such as listening, use of empathy, following correct procedures and engaging with our customers. One skill that can be overlooked is word choice, in other words the words and phrases that an agent uses either in writing or when speaking with customers. [...]