Benefits of Team Building Training in Corporate World

In a genre where businesses are led not only through competitive wars, but by cooperative approaches as well, companies are digging out ways for building the team to bring about unity among members. Here are some reasons why corporate companies in today’s world are resorting to team building exercises like fun-filled games and team vacations from time to time.

Motivation and Building Rapport: Team building activities and training trigger feelings of motivation when members of a team feel motivated to do more after succeeding in a particular task as a team. Motivation from other members of a team also helps individual members gain confidence in themselves. Participating in such fun-filling activities as a team helps build rapport among team members.
Develop Problem Solving skills: Team building exercises involve problem solving whereby all members of a team gather to solve an issue together. Such techniques are geared towards developing a sense of unity and responsibility for facing troubled situations or issues together.
Increase in Productivity: As is known, a task done by a number of individuals together is accomplished quicker than when it is worked upon by one person. By working as a team, members can make optimum use of resources, incorporate their own creativity, improve on the flaws and accomplish the tasks much faster.
Stress Busters: Team building activities act as stress busters to members who find great satisfaction and relief in participating in something other than their regular course of work.
Improves Communication: Team building activities develop a better communication system within your team, thus helping leaders convey messages without much hassle. Activities like train-the-trainer help identify good trainers within teams and thus do away with the need for recruiting personnel from outside the organization.
Team building training programs at MMM Training Solutions help in self-assessment of members helping them contribute as a team. Want to be a part of MMMTS? Visit us at mmmts.com

The Four Essentials of Excellent Customer Service Training

As I was creating a customer service training program, I was reminded of an interaction that I recently had with a customer relations person and decided to reflect on the learning.

The Four Essentials of Excellent Customer Service Training I walked into a Microsoft flagship store, to check out the new  Lumia 950. As I entered the store, it felt as if I was at the right place to make the decision. I looked out for somebody to help me in the decision. After waiting for a minute, I saw a lady emerging from the other end of the store. Upon noticing me she bellowed out, “What do you want?” Without waiting for me to answer, she went to the end of the store and sat on a stool behind a counter. Since she was not expressing any desire to help me, I walked around and looked at the products on display. As I did not see Lumia 950, I asked the lady if she had a demo handset for Lumia 950. “No sir, we don’t.” pat came the reply.  I asked her, if the handset was in stock. “Sir, if we don’t have the dummy with us, how do you expect us to have the handset in stock. For every handset that we have in stock, we have the demos available as well.” she said, as if, it was something every customer should have known. Undeterred by her attitude, I enquired when they would get fresh stock. “There is a possibility, that we might get it tomorrow. You can come in and check.” was the reply to my question.

Being a soft skills trainer who conducts a plethora of programs on enhancing customer service, I took some time to ponder about why this transaction left me so angry and frustrated. Reactively I had even decided that I was not going to another Microsoft phone.

As I replayed in my mind the kind of customer focus interaction that would have left me desiring to wait to buy the Lumia 950 from the same store, the below listed ways to improve customer satisfaction surfaced:

  1. Empathy:
    • I would have liked the customer service rep to walk up to me and express interest in what I was looking for.
    • I would have liked the rep to apologize for the lack of availability of the product I was looking for.
  2. Managing Customer Expectations
    • I would have liked the rep to understand what I was looking for and suggest alternatives, as Lumia 950 was not available.
    • I would have liked the rep to tell me that she will call me back once the product was available.
  3. Going that extra mile
    • I think the rep should have taken my number and volunteered to call me as soon as the product arrived.
    • I think the rep should have found out if the product was available at their other locations.
  4. Listening
    • I would have expected her understood my expectations and suggested alternatives.
    • I would have expected her to confirm her understanding of what I shared.

A customer is the most important visitor on our premises; he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Customer service is all about managing customer expectations and relationship building. My experience helped to drive this central theme in the Customer Service Training program and the participants experienced tangible benefits in their interactions.