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7 ways To Answer A Phone Professionally
4) TREAT YOUR CONTACTS WELL
If you have regular callers from key clients, make sure that anyone who picks up the phone is aware of your client list and important people. If you recognise someone’s voice or name, make them feel special and that you want to speak to them by asking how they are. Everyone likes the personal treatment and being regarded as special. There are companies who are a pleasure to call and some I hate. When I have a choice I will always call the nice guys.
5) DEAL WITH CALLERS COURTEOUSLY
There are some strange callers out there. This is just a fact of life. If people use offensive or intimidating language then it is appropriate to warn them that you will disconnect the line if they carry on (and to do so).
There is nothing personal in the way that these people behave – they are simply trying to get a reaction. They will ask questions which are impossible to answer “Do you always treat customers this badly or am I special?”, for example. The best you can do is to try and empathise with the problem, if possible.
Take the complaint seriously, write it down and ask for help in forming the words as you go.
Intelligent companies will have a policy allowing you to resolve the complaint if you can even if there is a cost to the company. If you cannot resolve the complaint then you can at least offer to get someone to call the complainer back, but make sure they return the call.
Unfortunately there are times when there is a problem and the situation cannot be resolved and under these circumstances the only thing to be done is to admit the fault and remain determinedly polite.
6) SPREAD THE LOAD- PURCHASE A PHONE SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS EVERYONE TO ANSWER
A first point is that everyone should have their own phone number (otherwise known as a DDI or DID) so that if a client knows who to call then they can.
If this call isn’t answered then your system should be able to respond effectively as described below.
If you simply put one person on the end of the main phone – then there are a lot of times when they can’t answer the phone – for instance when they are talking to your most important customer or giving directions to some one. So when your main person is engaged you need a system that allows you to respond most effectively.
7) LEARN HOW TO USE YOUR PHONE SYSTEMS FEATURES SMOOTHLY
A failed transfer or being hung up on can be quite frustrating. Ensure that your staff know how to:
- Set up the phone, so that if they can’t take the call, then the system can allow a colleague to answer – you can use call cascading or have multiple phones ring at once or you can apply different rules
- put people in queue until answered (though most people hate this)
- work with a live answering service so that another company answers the call on your behalf in your name.
- set up a voicemail service which allows people to leave a message – say you will get back to people (people don’t like this either)
- you can allow a person to answer on a mobile which is not ideal but better than missing the call.