TELEPHONE ETIQUETTES

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Basic Phone manners

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Telephone Etiquettes:

Telephone Etiquettes Dr. Angelo Smith M.D WHPL

When do you practice telephone etiquette?:

When do you practice telephone etiquette? When answering calls Placing calls Handling business matters over the telephone

Before you place calls:

Before you place calls Be prepared – plan your conversation. Turn away from your computer desk or other work. Have your computer switched on. Have pens, pencils and notepaper handy.

Answering the phone:

Answering the phone Answer calls promptly within 3 rings Smile as you pick the phone – the caller will hear it in your voice. Project a tone that is enthusiastic, natural, attentive and respectful. Greet the caller and identify yourself and your business Ask “How may I help you?”

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“Good morning, thanks for calling the ABC Hotel, my name is XYZ, how may I help you?”

Recognize the Caller :

Recognize the Caller People like the sound of their own names. The first time you hear the callers name, write it down. Then use her or his name during the conversation. If you are in doubt about the spelling of the caller’s name, ask for the spelling or start spelling the name and ask for verification.

During the conversation… :

During the conversation… Enunciate / pronounce clearly Use simple English Avoid slang – uh, hmm, yeah, dude Always speak calmly and choose your words carefully Use all your listening skills Focus all your attention on the caller and the conversation Clarify and check for understanding Use basic phrases of courtesy E.g. “May I help you?” “Please”, “Thank You”, “You are welcome”. Do not chew gum or eat during a conversation Do not slam the phone or cut off abruptly Refrain from idle chit chat with customers.

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If there is a problem, project a tone that is concerned, empathetic and apologetic. Avoid the five forbidden phrases : “No” - Instead find a way to state the situation positively “I don’t know” - instead say “that is a good question let me find out for you” “I/we can’t do that” - instead say “this is what I/we can do” “You will have to” - instead say “here is how we can help you” “Just a second” - instead give a more honest estimate of how long it will take you.

Reports to callers:

Reports to callers “Dr Madhu is on another line, will you wait please?” “He is away from his desk, may I take a message?” “I’m sorry, Dr Madhu is out of office may someone else help you? “Dr Ram is in the Finance/HR/Sales department, one moment please, I’ll transfer your call.” “I’m sorry to keep you waiting.”

Answering calls for others:

Answering calls for others Identify yourself and the company or person for whom you are answering and say “how may I help you?” Offer assistance in the absence of others say “she is not in today perhaps I can be of assistance. Do not make commitments for others. Say “I’ll give him your message when he returns.” Take accurate legible messages with time, date, reason for call, urgency, the best time to reach them and all other pertinent information. E.g. reports to caller.

Transferring Calls:

Transferring Calls Explain the reason for the transfer – “let me connect you with Mr. / Ms. / Mrs. xyz in______ department. Know your extension numbers so that the caller is not kept waiting. Mute the line if you are clarifying any information with your colleague etc.

Obtaining the callers name:

Obtaining the callers name “ May I tell Mr. Rao who is calling please?” “May I say who is calling please?” “May I have your name please?” Progress reports Mr Rao’s line is still busy do you wish to continue waiting? “I’m sorry to keeo you waiting, may I check further and call you back?”

Placing someone on hold:

Placing someone on hold Make sure that it is for a genuine reason. Ask the caller if he/she would hold, and wait for a response rather than assuming the answer is yes. Never keep a caller on hold for more than a minute. If you have to take longer than that, return to the person and tell them that you will have to take a few minutes longer and ask if you could call back. When you return to the caller thank them for holding

Dealing with angry customers:

Dealing with angry customers Listen; allow the caller to vent Empathize; acknowledge the person’s feelings Apologize when appropriate. Be positive Solve / suggest generate solutions that you can both agree on and if reasonable do it. Remain calm and courteous, do not argue. Do not interrupt. Explain clearly do not make unrealistic promises. Act fast, acting quickly shows that you are sorry and that you will handle the issue. Follow up get back to the caller to make sure the problem has been solved.

Concluding the call:

Concluding the call End the conversation with an agreement on what is to happen next; if you are to follow up do so immediately. Thank the caller for calling - for his time, invite the caller to call again.

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Five Phases of a Call Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 Phase 5 Opening the Call (Greeting & Introduction) Building Rapport & Identifying Customer Need (Question) Collecting/ Verifying of Information (Paraphrase) Provide Customer Solutions, Alternatives or Information Get Customer Buy-in; Establish Next Steps; Close the call (Summarize)

Basic Rule:

Basic Rule Treat the caller in the manner YOU would like to be treated if you were placing the calls. Callers should be made to feel important and appreciated. Prosperous businesses have learned to treat ALL callers as if they were their best customers.

Essentials of :

Essentials of Use basic good manners Be courteous Be helpful Treat callers with respect Recognize the caller Be an active listener

Be an Active Listener:

Be an Active Listener Directing your full attention to the caller will require you to use effective listening techniques. Below are some suggestions to improve your listening skills: Focus on the caller’s opening statement. Let the caller speak without interruption. Verify facts and figures. Provide feedback to the caller. Do not ignore the question. Take notes during the call.

Use Good Manners:

Use Good Manners Answer the telephone, if possible, immediate after the first ring, but definitely no later than immediately after the third ring. Use proper identification when placing or receiving calls. Give the caller your complete attention.

Use Good Manners:

Use Good Manners Keep your mouth free of gum or food when you talk on the telephone. Speak clearly and in a positive tone of voice to avoid any sense of interruption by the caller. Screen calls tactfully. Be helpful and follow through.

Use of Good Manners:

Use of Good Manners End telephone calls with a pleasant preliminary close. Thank you. I’m glad you called. You’re welcome. Say “good-bye” to end the conversation. Avoid “bye-bye” and “see you later” for business calls. Let the caller hang up first.

Be Courteous:

Be Courteous Consideration of others. One way we learn about courtesy is through first hand experience with someone who is not courteous. Treat every call as an important call, every caller as an important customer. Being courteous at all times is not easy. In a business office, however, it is ALWAYS a necessity.

Be Helpful:

Be Helpful You show your spirit of helpfulness by your words, expressions, and actions. Avoid slang expressions used in casual conversation. Ex. Get with it (Cooperate!) As you help callers, speak with confidence to let them know you have the background and the skill to assist them. Even though you may have answered the same question many times before, avoid showing any signs of irritation or boredom.

What does it take to Be Helpful?:

What does it take to Be Helpful? H abit (Make helpfulness a Habit.) E ffort (Make an effort to help the caller.) L isten (Listen carefully to what the caller wants.) P romise (Keep your promises.) F airness (Treat all callers fairly.) U nderstanding (Understand the caller’s point of view.) L ifeline (Show concern for the caller.)

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