Positive Customer Service Experience
at the Casselberry, Florida T-Mobile
When I ask learners or audience members in my training or presentation groups to relate a story of a recent customer service experience they had, I typically hear of a negative encounter that they remember. Unfortunately, that is the norm that many people who deal with service providers experience, especially when the event is related to technology. This is often the result of poor customer service skills, lack of adequate or effective customer service training, and overall ineffective customer relations management from the company or customer service representatives involved.
On my visit to the Casselberry, Florida T-Mobile store yesterday, I had a refreshingly positive experience. I had trouble with my Samsung phone that had been going on all day while I attended a local Florida Writers Association conference. The trouble turned out to be “operator error.” Since I was at T-Mobile, I figured I might as well get answers to numerous questions that I’d be wanting to ask related to the phone functions and my service agreement. I’d put off dealing with these for some time.
Upon my arrival at the store, Retail Associate Luis Baca quickly greeted me in a friendly manner. I immediately recognized through his nonverbal communication and demeanor and for his overall interpersonal communication style that I had the “right guy.” My intuition proved to be correct in the next thirty minutes as he patiently addressed each issue that I had. During the process, I found out that previous information received at a different store about a corporate discount for military retirees was incorrect. Ultimately, Luis educated me on phone functioning, got me the military discount to which I was entitled, helped me switch to a different phone plan that I asked about and saved me over $60.00 a month on my mobile phone bill. As someone who has been providing customer service training for over two decades, and a customer service author and consultant, I give Luis an A+ for his knowledge, customer service skills, and the service that he provided.
Service like I received yesterday and my overall satisfaction with the company are the main reasons that I have stayed loyal to T-Mobile for almost six years and moved my wife over from AT&T last year. By continually addressing my needs, wants and expectations, the company saves me time and money, reduces my stress levels related to mobile service and continues to reinforce my satisfaction with them.
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Bob Lucas has been a trainer, presenter, customer service expert, and adult educator for over four decades. He has written hundreds of articles on training, writing, self-publishing, and workplace learning skills and issues. He is also an award-winning author who has written thirty-seven books on topics such as, writing, relationships, customer service, brain-based learning, and creative training strategies, interpersonal communication, diversity, and supervisory skills. Additionally, he has contributed articles, chapters, and activities to eighteen compilation books. Bob retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1991 after twenty-two years of active and reserve service.
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