An ode to customer service!

Every now and then a little gem comes along from one of my clients. Below is a poem written about customer service by a delegate on one of my Millionaire Mind-set ©SYSTEMS seminars.

I have a rhyme, customer service
that would be sublime,
if it shared the purpose,
of great customer service!

Rule number 1 for happy customers, listen,
See their eyes light up and glisten,
Identify your customers needs,
And you will be the one that sees,
That if you can anticipate and focus,
Your clients will know there’s no hocus pocus.
active listeningPut your attention to important objectives,
To gather ideas and play detective,
When synergising together as collectives,
You deliver and listen to different perspectives.
Therefore you gather what will really matter,
and all this from an initial little natter.

Rule number 2 Explain what you gather,
Delivering value and relevant matter,
Sharing with them your thoughts of great strategy,
And do it all with fantastic hospitality.
Know you product inside and out,
So you can deliver with great klout,
Being an expert is what it’s about,
From this knowledge your business will sprout.
This is how to be an informative expert,transparency
So listen to these rules to convert,
A friendly chit chatter into a sale,
And so your business will surly prevail.

Rule number 3 make sure you understand,
To create transparency about your brand,
Building upon your customers expectations,
By clarifying all your intended formations.

Rule number 4 have a friendly attitude,
And remember to always show your gratitude,
Having the right intent, you will go far,
And show them exactly how genuine you are.
Build confidence, reputation and trust,
Follow these rules you simply must,
reputationTo build and withhold your deserved reputation,
You will be presented with Great Service certification.
Be willing and show continued support,
Presenting you really are a good sport,
Even if they like to scream and shout,
Say ‘Hold on, I understand, let’s sort this out’.

Rule number 5 is excellence in what you do,
Your skills, your strengths, creating value,
Consistency is key here all the way through,
To make sure your customers are not feeling blue.

Rule number 6 is attention to detail,
By following up with a friendly email,
Or a telephone call to say ‘How are you?’,
Your relationship will blossom and stick like glue.

Rule number 7 have empathy and do not snare,reliability
Let them know they will be treated fair,
Be creative, don’t moan, don’t despare,
And reinforce your known for customer care.

Rule number 8 appreciate their custom,
And treat each client to which they are accustomed,
To congratulate them on completing the brief,
And we have all done so without any grief.

Rule number 9 reliability is key to business success,
So be grateful and pleased it went without stress,
Lay it out on the line for all to see,
And an overnight successes you will be.

To conclude it’s all about going the extra mile,

Thank you Carrie Stay from Clockwork Moggy!

Do It Now! DIN!

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6 Lies we tell ourselves!

We live in turbulent times with lots of lies being told! There are fewer guarantees and more uncertainties these days. Thankfully this also means there are lots of opportunities to be had. And if you and I are to overcome the obstacles that are in our way and seize the opportunities, we’re going to need strong minds.
Mental strength means you understand how to manage your emotions, adjust your thinking, and choose to take positive action, despite your circumstances. It’s knowing deep down that every little struggle is progress. And if you really want it, you’ll do it, despite failure and rejection and the odds. Every step forward will be tough, but will feel better than anything else you can imagine. You will ultimately come to realise that the struggle is not found on the path, it is the path. And it’s worth your while.

Being willing to walk this path of resistance is what mental strength is all about. 90% of our problems as rational human beings are the by-product of learned mental weakness. In other words, over time we’ve heard a succession of lies from other people about what we need and what we don’t need – about what we can and can’t do – about what is and isn’t possible for us – and we subconsciously we believed every word.

What’s worse? We now tell some of these lies to ourselves and we live by them every day.

Which means it’s time for us to unlearn these lies for the sake of our own mental strength:

Here are the six lies we tell our selves!

1 -It wasn’t supposed to be like this. We all have an idea in our heads about how things are supposed to be, and sadly this is what often messes us up the most. Realise this…

Expect less and learn more. Let go and let life grow you – let it test you. You won’t always understand it and that’s OK. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. And then just when you think it can’t get any better, it does. Mentally strong people are appreciative of the obstacles in their path because they know the obstacles are necessary stepping-stones. So keep going, keep growing, and someday you will be able to describe your entire life in just one sentence: “It didn’t go as planned, and that’s OK.”

2-This situation is definitely bad. There’s an adage in the ancient philosophy of Stoicism, “There is no good or bad, there is only perception,” which was later echoed in Shakespeare’s famous quote, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Truth be told, the way we perceive a situation has tremendous power to either help us or harm us. So often, we react emotionally and project negative judgments onto a situation, when the first key to overcoming a challenge is to view things objectively. In the long run, it usually isn’t what you have or where you are or what you’ve been through that makes or breaks you; it’s how you think about it all and what you do next.

3 -You don’t have any other choice. Have you ever met a happy, successful person who regularly avoids responsibility, blames and points fingers and makes excuses for their unsatisfying lives? Me either. Because happy, success people are mentally strong. They accept responsibility for how their lives unfold. They believe their own happiness and success is a by-product of their own thinking, beliefs, attitudes, character and behaviour.

4 -Successful people follow the rules. Break the rules. Don’t break the law, but break the rules. You don’t need to measure up to other people’s benchmarks. The psychological root of most unhappiness lies in external validation, which happens when you try to measure your self-worth based on the opinions of others. But it’s not what others think… it’s what you think about your life that counts. You, and only you, get to decide what kind of life you want to live. Other people’s goals and expectations don’t matter that much in the long-run.

5 -You need to be perfect to be impressive. If the face you always show the world is a mask, someday there will be nothing beneath it. Because when you spend too much time concentrating on everyone else’s perception of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you really are. So don’t fear the judgments of others; you know in your heart who you are and what’s true to you. You don’t have to be perfect to impress people. Let them be impressed by how you deal with your imperfections.

6 -There is always an easier way. The path of least resistance is often the path of least reward. You need to do hard things. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. As Einstein once said, “Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work.” You must run to be a runner. You must write to be a writer. You must actively work on a business venture to learn how to run a successful business. There is no substitute for doing the work. You must take action on what you know!

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The distillation test!

Distillation test for gossip!

The philosopher had just spent another hard day at the university asking lots of pertinent and challenging questions. On the way to his favourite restaurant for dinner, he was greeted by an acquaintance.

“Do you know what I just heard about your friend Jamie?”

“Just a moment,” said the philosopher. “Before listening to this I’d like to ask you a few questions.”

“Huh?” said the acquaintance, who was eager to pass on the interesting piece of hot news.

“That’s right. Before you talk about my friend Jamie, it might be a good idea to just pause and consider what you are about to say. I call it the triple distillation test.

The first distillation test is through the filter of truth. Have you made absolutely certain what you are about to tell me is the truth?”
“Well….no, actually, you see I just heard about it, and thought, well, you know….

“All right,” said the philosopher. “So you have no idea whether the information is true or not. So let’s try the second distillation through the filter of goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”

“No not at all, in fact—“

“So,” interrupted the philosopher, “you wish to tell me something bad about my friend Jamie, but you’re not at all sure it’s true?”

“However, you may still pass this test, because there’s one more distillation process remaining, the filter of usefulness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend in any way useful to me?”

“Um. No. In fact, not in the slightest.”

“Fine,” said the philosopher. “If what you want to tell me is not true, good or useful, why do you wish to tell me at all?”

There are several good points to this story, not least the following:

Personal and professional integrity are essential if a leader wants others to follow him or her freely and with commitment.

In contexts where gossip, rumour and innuendo are rife, this could be a good story to challenge the culture.

The wise person pays attention to the wider consequences rather than the immediate distractions.

So, in the future before you decide to participate in some office gossip, perhaps run the distillation test?

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Are you a KIAC!

I see lots of people that come to see me and ask how they can grow their business or change their lives. They fall mostly into two groups… Those that don’t know what to do and those that know what to do but don’t do it.

How crazy is that? Knowing what to do and not doing it.

When I deliver a taster session for my Millionaire Mind-set SYSTEMS¬© I can always divide the KIACparticipants into 3 types… Those that love the content and will take action. Those that love the content and might change something, and those that say they know it all anyway. These people are called KIAC’s (Know It All Colin’s!) Next time you see me ask me about this. 🙂

So here are 6 tips to help you stop becoming a KIAC!

1. Knowing is not enough – You have to take action on what you know, if you don’t take action, you might as well not know it. I’ve met loads of people that are very knowledgeable but don’t take action on any of it so remain broke. They are classic KIAC’s. Do It Now! DIN!

2. Don’t wait until conditions are perfect – If you’re waiting to start until conditions are perfect, you probably never will. There will always be something that isn’t quite right. Either the timing is off, the market is down, or there’s too much competition. In the real world there is no perfect time to start. You have to take action and deal with problems as they arise. The best time to start was last year. The second best time is right now. Do It Now! Din!

3. Become a doer – Practice doing things rather than thinking or talking about them. Do you want to start exercising? Do you have a great idea to pitch to your boss? Do it today. The longer an idea sits in your head without being acted on, the weaker it becomes. After a few days the details get hazy. After a week it’s forgotten completely. Stop talking and start doing and you’ll get more done and stimulate new ideas in the process. Do It Now! Din!

4. Remember that ideas alone don’t bring success – Ideas are important, but they’re only valuable after they’ve been implemented. One average idea that you put into action is more valuable than a dozen brilliant ideas that you’re saving for “some other day‚Äù or the “right opportunity‚Äù. If you have an idea that you really believe in, do something about it. Unless you take action it will never happen. Do It Now! Din!

ACt CT5. Take action to cure fear – Have you ever noticed that the most difficult part of public speaking is waiting for your turn to speak? Even professional speakers and actors experience pre-performance anxiety. Once they get started the fear disappears. Action is the best cure for fear. The most difficult time to take action is the very first time. After the ball is rolling, you’ll build confidence and things will keep getting easier. Kill fear by taking action and build on that confidence. Do It Now! Din!

6. Live in the present – Focus on what you can do in the present moment. Don’t worry about what you should have done last week or what you might be able to do tomorrow. The only time you can affect is the present. If you speculate too much about the past or the future you won’t get anything done. Tomorrow or next week frequently turns into never. Do It Now! Din!

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