Call center jobs are already stressful, and dealing with frustrated customers doesn’t make your job any easier. In fact, handling difficult customers over the phone is consistently listed among the top 3 reasons for turnover in the call center. Helping your agents manage irate customers and de-escalate those interactions will go a long way in…

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Call center agent training is one of the most researched topics when it comes to customer experience. However, managers still have huge problems identifying the best call center agent training techniques for their teams. When agents are asked how they would recommend improving their team’s performance, better call center training methods are always towards the…

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Whether you want to become the best call center agent you can be, or you want to make a new hire based on the top skills and abilities a great call center agent needs, having the right people on your team saves you time and money. But what are the most important qualities of a…

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Looking to learn how to effective manage remote call center agents? Today’s virtual call center solutions allow for more flexibility than ever, especially when it comes to remote agents. But, because remote employees work outside of a central office or location, some virtual call center managers worry about how to monitor remote employee activities. With…

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Call tracking is a method of keeping up with the success of your various marketing campaigns. Call tracking software enables businesses to see which marketing campaigns are profitable and yield a positive ROI, and which ones aren’t working as well.  There are many different call tracking options on the market today, and finding the right…

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Speaking with former SpeedTheory heavy metal band guitarist turned renowned customer service trainer James Dodkins is not unlike attending a rock concert. Same energy. Same passion. A clear vision. The #1 best-selling author of “Rockstar Revolution,” James took a few minutes off from his global tour to chat with us about his work as part…

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“Now, more than ever, should be a wonderful time to be a customer”, says Ian Golding, author of Customer What? a refreshing and practical guide to the service experience. We recently chatted with Ian asked about the year ahead. Q1: How do businesses establish and maintain a “customer service”-driven work culture? There are a number of…

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Mike Aoki knows his way around a contact center. In the early 1990’s, he handled 50,000+ calls as a Bell Mobility customer service agent; later in the decade, he managed a 12-person contact center training team responsible for the professional development of 900 agents. In short, he has truly, “been there, done that.” Which is…

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“With a decade of customer service experience under my belt…I’ve experienced first hand how not taking care of yourself while busy at work can lead to flat out burnout.” Writer, health coach, and customer experience influencer, Jenny Dempsey reflects on the importance of wellness in contact centers, and how it can impact not only your employees but…

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“Amazing service begins with engaged leaders,” writes Sean B. Hawkins, in a recent Call Center Weekly article. Hawkins should know. An International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) Advisory Board Member and past winner of that organization’s “Global Call Center of the Year,” Sean focuses on driving contact center culture and technology innovation. Sean shares his thoughts and…

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