I spent a few days last week in jury selection and it was a very eye-opening experience for me. I had never been brought into the courtroom for the selection process before so it was all new to me and I had no idea what to expect. Below are some things that I learned while sitting in the galley for hours upon hours without talking or reading. Some of the things the court did very well and others needed a lot of improvement. I’m not going to tell you which ones they did well and those which needed help. I’ll let you hypothesize. Overall, they all related to how to treat customers so below I share my thoughts with you.
In no particular order…
– Thank your customers. Who doesn’t like a nice “Thank you!” Just make sure that it’s sincere.
– Be nice to your customers. There are many other places they would like to be or other vendors they’d rather be working with so treat them as you’d like to be treated.
– There’s never an excuse to yell at customers. Don’t yell at anyone for that matter. That’s it!
– A friendly smile and hello never hurt anyone. It could be the best part of someone’s day.
– Be courteous of time. When you say a meeting will start at 9, have it start at 9.
– Don’t break the pace. If things are going well during a call and you have more allotted time, don’t stop to schedule another call. Take advantage of the time you’re given and make the most out of it.
– Encourage feedback. It might not all be good but if your customers are talking about you, you should want to know what they’re saying.
– Don’t say one thing and do another.
– If there are rules to be followed, explain them. Don’t cheat your customers by penalizing them for things that aren’t in writing or they are not aware of.
What have you learned from the court system that would translate over to customers?
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