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Delight Your Customers
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Great customer service is rare. In fact, one survey found that while 80 percent of companies described themselves as delivering "superior" service, consumers estimated the number at a mere 8 percent. The problem, according to service expert Steve Curtin, is actually quite simple. When asked what their work entails, most employees list the duties and tasks associated with their position. Very few refer to the true essence of their job, which should be their highest priority-to create delighted customers who will be less price sensitive, have higher repurchase rates, and enthusiastically recommend the company or brand to others. Without this customer focus, all that exists is a transaction-and transactional service does not make a lasting positive impression or inspire loyalty. In Delight Your Customers, Curtin reveals three elements common to all exceptional service experiences. He also makes a compelling case that attention needs to shift from monitoring service activities to modeling, recognizing, and reinforcing the behaviors that actually create happy customers, such as expressing genuine interest, offering sincere compliments, sharing unique knowledge, conveying authentic enthusiasm, providing pleasant surprises, and delivering service heroics when needed. Illustrated with real-world stories and examples, this refreshing guide helps readers everywhere take their customer service from ordinary to extraordinary.
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Contents Introduction 3 Part One: Function Vs. Essence Chapter 1-Three Truths of Exceptional Customer Service 9 Exceptional Customer Service Reflects the Essence of Every Service Industry Employee's Job Role 11 Exceptional Customer Service Is Always Voluntary 17 Exceptional Customer Service Typically Costs No More to Deliver than Poor Customer Service 20 Getting from Ordinary to Extraordinary 24 Applying Three Truths of Exceptional Customer Service 26 Contents Part Two: Seven Simple Ways To Raise Customer Service Chapter 2-Express Genuine Interest 29 How to Express Genuine Interest 32 Getting from Ordinary to Extraordinary 49 Applying Genuine Interest 52 Chapter 3-Offer Sincere and Specific Compliments 53 Be Attentive to Opportunities to Offer Compliments 54 Factors Influencing the Offering of Compliments 57 How to Offer Sincere and Specific Compliments 59 Recognize Coworkers 64 Getting from Ordinary to Extraordinary 69 Applying Sincere and Specific Compliments 71 Chapter 4-Share Unique Knowledge 73 Unique Knowledge Brings More Value to the Customer Experience 74 The Benefits of Unique Knowledge 75 How to Share Unique Knowledge 82 Getting from Ordinary to Extraordinary 88 Applying Unique Knowledge 91 Chapter 5-Convey Authentic Enthusiasm 93 The Role of Leadership in Fostering Authentic Enthusiasm 95 How to Convey Authentic Enthusiasm 99 Getting from Ordinary to Extraordinary 108 Applying Authentic Enthusiasm 110 Chapter 6-Use Appropriate Humor 111 When to Use Appropriate Humor 113 When the Use of Humor May Be Inappropriate 123 Getting from Ordinary to Extraordinary 125 Applying Appropriate Humor 126 Chapter 7-Provide Pleasant Surprises 127 How to Provide Pleasant Surprises 129 Getting from Ordinary to Extraordinary 142 Applying Pleasant Surprises 144 Chapter 8-Deliver Service Heroics 145 Two Types of Service Heroics 146 How to Deliver Heroic Service to Solve Customers' Problems 152 Getting from Ordinary to Extraordinary 161 Applying Service Heroics 163 Part Three: Incorporating Job Essence Into Job Function Chapter 9-From Ordinary to Extraordinary 167 Why Ordinary Customer Service Is Common and Extraordinary Customer Service Is Rare 170 How to Raise Customer Service Quality from Ordinary to Extraordinary 173 Getting from Ordinary to Extraordinary 186 Incorporating Job Essence into Job Function 188 Index 189

About the Author

Steve Curtin spent 20 years with Marriott International. He now runs his own customer service consulting firm, Steve Curtin, Customer Enthusiast!

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.".. written from a fresh point of view..packed with a lot of details and comparisons to help you understand what is ordinary and what is extraordinary." --"CXJourney" ."..great new book called Delight Your Customers.The author talks about great customer service, how important it is, and how to deliver it. You really should pick it up." --"PCB007" ."..must-read for small or mega-businesses who want to offer such amazing service to their customers or clients that they will be more than delighted to come back again..." "--BookPleasures.com" ."..great new book called "Delight Your Customers."The author talks about great customer service, how important it is, and how to deliver it. You really should pick it up." --"PCB007" Customer Service Newsletter Best Customer Service Books of 2013 Customer Service Newsletter's Best Customer Service Books ..".great new book called "Delight Your Customers."The author talks about great customer service, how important it is, and how to deliver it. You really should pick it up." --"PCB007" -This is a book that every customer service professional should read and every manager should model.- --Portland Book Review -The age of service enlightenment has arrived with Steve Curtin's Delight Your Customers.- --Ken Shelton, Sales and Service Excellence -...must-read for small or mega-businesses who want to offer such amazing service to their customers or clients that they will be more than delighted to come back again...- --BookPleasures.com -...great new book called Delight Your Customers.The author talks about great customer service, how important it is, and how to deliver it. You really should pick it up.- --PCB007 -If you want to delight your customers, then the new book Delight Your Customers is a must-read for you and your employees.- --Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership -... written from a fresh point of view..packed with a lot of details and comparisons to help you understand what is ordinary and what is extraordinary.- --CXJourney -If you are serious about elevating the level of service in your organization, this is your book...Read it and begin your journey from ordinary to extraordinary.- --9InchMarketing "If you want to delight your customers, then the new book Delight Your Customers is a must-read for you and your employees." --Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership Customer Service Newsletter Best Customer Service Books of 2013 "This is a book that every customer service professional should read and every manager should model." --Portland Book Review "The age of service enlightenment has arrived with Steve Curtin's Delight Your Customers." --Ken Shelton, Sales and Service Excellence ..".must-read for small or mega-businesses who want to offer such amazing service to their customers or clients that they will be more than delighted to come back again..." --BookPleasures.com ..".great new book called Delight Your Customers.The author talks about great customer service, how important it is, and how to deliver it. You really should pick it up." --PCB007 ..". written from a fresh point of view..packed with a lot of details and comparisons to help you understand what is ordinary and what is extraordinary." --CXJourney "If you are serious about elevating the level of service in your organization, this is your book...Read it and begin your journey from ordinary to extraordinary." --9InchMarketing

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