Anything is Possible, Darlin’!

Audrey-hepburn-inspirational-quotes-3_largeA Saturday night dinner reservation was made for 6:30pm with a party of 10 for indoor seating at a small yet bustling Italian restaurant in the city.

Well, there’s been a little change in plans.

My friend picks up her phone and dials to the restaurant only a couple hours prior to the reservation.

“Hi, is it possible can we change our reservation to be closer to 7pm, for 8 people, at an outdoor table?”
I watch my friend smile and say, “OK, thanks! See you soon!” and hang up.

“What did they say?” I ask.

She laughs, “She said, ‘sure, anything’s possible, darlin’!'”

I immediately think of Audrey Hepburn’s quote, “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m Possible”.

There are many distinct lines that determine good and bad customer service and personally, I think one of them is:

Possibilities

As a customer service representative, our job is to check to see what is possible and figure out a way to make it a reality. This can be anything from creating a custom pricing plan for a customer to taking extra time to resolve a huge problem. Possibilities open doors for our customers, helping build trust with our business. As a customer service representative, possibilities allow us to work with one on one with our customer, get to know them and instill a great “can do” attitude within ourselves. It shows we are owning the issue with the customer and working until it’s resolved.

No one likes this one liner:

“We can’t do that.”

SLAM! Door shut. End of story.

But, what if you heard this line:

“It’s possible we CAN do that. Let me check to find solutions for you.”

Today, I encourage you to look outside the box and create possibilities for YOUR customers and YOUR customer service team. Encourage creativity and that “I’m Possible” attitude.

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Jenny Dempsey is the Social Media and Customer Experience Manager for NumberBarn.com. With over a decade of customer service experience, Jenny has been recognized through social media channels as a thought leader. She is co-founder and a regular contributor on the Customer Service Life. When she's not helping or singing to customers, she is studying to become an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Be sure to check out DempseyWellness.org and follow her on social media!

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