Customer Service Tip: Always Speak in Complete Sentences

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Date of birth? 

Last name? 

Zip code? 


Have you ever had a conversation with a customer service person that went something like that?


A lot of people ask questions this way. The problem with talking in little bytes is it sounds robotic. And it's hard to create rapport with customers if you sound mechanical.


Consider the difference in placing a fast food order where the person says, "Pull forward." versus, "My pleasure. We'll have your order ready at the window." Which sounds better to you? Yes, these are both complete sentences, but the attitude is very different. The difference between talking in bytes and complete sentences is just as striking.


One of the easiest ways to make your conversations with customers more warm and friendly is to speak in complete sentences. 

Before we jump into that, let's think about why we sometimes talk in fragments.

The temptation to talk in fragments is greatest when we have to ask a customer several questions before we can help them. We do it because we want to quickly get through the questions so we can solve their problem or answer their question. But remember, we need to come across more helpful. We're coming across as mechanical and impatient. So, while our intentions are good, we need better execution.


So when you have to ask your customer questions, I want you to do two things:


  1. First, always ask your questions in complete sentences.
  2. And second second, use "please" and "thank you" whenever it makes sense.


It'll sound something like this:


"Can I please have your last name?" 

"Do you happen to have your claim number?" 

"Thank you. One last question for you." 


When you speak in complete sentences, you not only sound friendlier, but the conversation will have a casual, natural flow, giving you the best opportunity to create rapport. 


Continue the conversation with me?

For more help with a friendly customer experience and building rapport, check out my LinkedIn Learning Course: Building Rapport with Customers.

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