Friday, October 14, 2016
Tips For Dealing With An Upset Customer In Person
If you work at a job where you rarely deal with customers - and where, if you do deal with customers, it is usually through email or over the phone - you will not have to worry about one of the things that is among the biggest concerns of people in the opposite position: dealing with an upset customer in person. When it comes to dealing with an upset customer in person, it is not that you have necessarily done anything wrong that makes it such a frustration - but in fact, the fact that you have probably done nothing wrong heightens the frustration, as the customer will often treat you as though you have done something wrong; for this reason, knowing how deal with an upset customer in person can be extremely valuable, as it can lessen the strain these encounters put on you. The first thing the customer will want to know is that you are on their side, as they will assume you are "against them" if you are not "for them"; even if you actually disagree with their complaint, you should always be understanding and create an image of agreement, as this will cause them to feel like you are their ally rather than their enemy - which, of course, will prevent them from turning their attack to you. Once the boundaries of the discussion have been established in such a way that they feel you are on their side, you can take the next step, which is offering solutions; it may turn out that the person with whom you are dealing is inconsolable, but at least - in taking this approach - you can try to solve the problem on your own. When it comes to dealing with an upset customer in person, however, there will be times when you will not be able to solve the problem on your own; if you find yourself in this position, remember that there is always someone above you to whom you can pass this customer along - which is what you will sometimes have to do, as many customers in this position simply remain upset until they get the satisfaction of talking to someone's "superior"!