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1 day

What is this course about?
Providing customer service can be challenging. Customers often have heightened and unreasonable expectations of service. Both customers and service providers are experiencing higher levels of pressure from work and life in general so we have a potentially explosive mixture. This course helps staff to manage difficult situations with confidence.

Key topics covered

  1. Sources of difficulties
  2. Dealing with behaviour
  3. Handling problems competently
  4. When the customer goes too far

Who would benefit?
Anyone who has to deal with challenging situations at work – with either internal or external customers.

At the end of the workshop, those who have attended will be able to:

  • Identify what causes customers to be demanding or difficult – and the consequences
  • See the benefits of transforming situations
  • Minimise taking things personally and becoming emotionally involved
  • Recognise and manage their own responses, engaging the appropriate parts of the brain
  • Develop strategies for handling different types of situation
  • Say ‘no’ professionally without offending
  • Give bad news, minimising bad reactions
  • Take appropriate action when behaviour is unacceptable

Key topics covered

1. Sources of difficulties

  • Who is the customer?
  • What makes customers difficult or demanding?
  • What makes dealing with them difficult for us?
  • What is the extent of the problem?
  • The customer is always …what?

2. Dealing with behaviour

  • The behaviour ‘iceberg’ – theirs and ours
  • The thinking brain and the emotional brain
  • Emotional hi-jacking and taking things personally
  • Keeping ourselves in good condition

3. Handling problems competently

  • What influences customers – three areas to target
  • Telephone communication – its advantages and problems
  • Reviewing best practice
  • Active / reflective listening
  • Assertive and positive communication
  • Saying ‘no’ without offending
  • Referring appropriately to agreements / warranties
  • Dealing with challenges and forceful points
  • Promises – how to make them

4. When the customer goes too far

  • Dealing with put downs
  • Dealing with extremes
  • When to call in reinforcements
  • What to do when behaviour is totally unacceptable and persistent (swearing, shouting, belittling language)

In-company training

Are you interested in running this course for your team or organisation?

This programme can be delivered on a date of your choice and at a location of your choice, in other words exactly where and when you need it!

From the outset we will provide you with expert advice and you will be assigned your own personal training adviser who will stay with you throughout the process.  Every team is different so we will provide you with a tailored training programme, designed around your team’s needs and focused on your desired outcomes.

All courses are followed up by a full training evaluation report and certificates of learning for each delegate.  For groups of up to 12 delegates per course, our in-company training is a very cost-effective way to develop your people and improve team performance.

Get in touch today for a full quotation to suit your budget.  To discuss your requirements in more detail with one of our friendly advisers please call on 0845 130 5714 or email one of the team at  Alternatively you can complete the short contact form below.

Getting in Touch

If you would like to discuss your customer service training requirements with someone on the phone, please call us on 0845 130 5714 and you will be put straight through to one of our friendly advisers who will be pleased to assist you further.

Alternatively if you would prefer you can email us at or fill out our simple online contact form below and one of the team will get straight back to you.

If the exact solution does not already exist in our portfolio we will design something specifically for you.