Month: January 2017

8 Things You Should Never Say to Customers

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Great customer relationships: Hard to establish, easy to ruin — especially when you say the wrong things.

Here are eight things you should never say to customers (even if you would secretly love to):

  1. “No.” A boss once told me, “Never tell a customer no. Always say, ‘Yes, we can. Here’s what that will cost.’” If you absolutely can’t provide a certain product or service, you can’t, but often you can’t simply because you don’t want to. (In the example above I didn’t want to. What the customer had asked for was certainly possible but would have been a real pain to pull off.) Price unusual requests accordingly: If you can make a decent profit, why not? Making a profit is why you’re in business.
  2. “Are you sure?” Customers are often wrong. Too bad. Never directly doubt their statements or their feelings; all you’ll do is make an already bad situation a lot worse. Instead ask questions or seek to better understand. Saying something like, “Can you walk me through that one more time so I can make sure I can take care of what went wrong?” validates the customer’s position while helping you keep the conversation objective and solution-focused.
  3. “What you should do is…” Don’t tell me what to do. Help me. That’s why I came to you.
  4. “That’s against our policy.” Maybe it is against your policy… but if the customer wasn’t aware of the policy ahead of time, who cares? Any terms or conditions not spelled out in advance are irrelevant to the customer. Imagine you’re a customer who finds out after the fact that special order items can’t be returned — how would you feel? Refer to policies or conditions when the customer was fully aware of and agreed to those conditions; otherwise, find a way to fix the problem. Unstated policies are your problem, not the customer’s.
  5. “No problem.” Maybe this is just a pet peeve, but I’m always irritated when, say, I ask a waiter for dressing on the side and he says, “No problem.” I know he means “yes,” but “no problem” still implies I really am causing a problem. When I’m the customer, I’m favoring your business with my patronage; your business isn’t doing me any favors, so never imply you are. Replace “no problem” with “yes.”
  6. “Let me try to do that…” Customers care about results, not effort. Tell me what you will do. “Trying” creates greater uncertainty, and uncertainty is the kiss of death to a customer relationship. If a client requests an accelerated delivery, say, “I’ll call our distributor and get the best schedule possible.” All you can do is all you can do.  Don’t imply you’re working extra hard on my behalf by “trying.”
  7. “Let me know if you have any other problems.” If a customer comes to you with a problem and you think you’ve resolved that problem, great. But don’t expect the customer to contact you if other issues pop up; follow up a couple days later to make sure all is still well. Solving a customer’s problem meets expectations; following up to see if they need further assistance shows you care.
  8. “I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.” Maybe you will… but in the meantime the customer is left wondering what “soon” means. Always specify a time. If, when that time comes, you still don’t have all the information you need, contact the customer and say so — and say when you’ll follow up again. Customer relationships are based on managing expectations; “as soon as I can” sounds good but fails to set an expectation the customer can count on


To your success,

Paul Duncan

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Procrastination-The Killer to Business Success

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Procrastination –Avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished in place for a more pleasurable one? This is how the Wikipedia defines the meaning..

In my day to day journey helping business owners I define it as the “SHELF DUSTINGS SYNDROME” You may think that dusting is not pleasurable experience, but the point I make is that I find the tasks or jobs that NEED to be done are avoided and replaced with JOBS we THINK are important.IE: “We really need to clean the office” or my favorite “I really needed to check my E-Mails “

This avoidance can start at any age – I came home last week and caught my 15 year old son cleaning his room!!  For a short moment I was proud (whose teenager son cleans his room without being asked?) after some poking I discovered that he should have been studying for an important test the next day. But in his view having a clean room was more important?

20% of people will identify that they are chronic procrastinators and is now part of their lifestyle. I believe we all avoid some things so maybe the other 80% are busy “Shelf Dusting “ and will think about it tomorrow J How do you identify a procrastinator? Well you will find that they avoid doing things in all aspects of their life, including not paying bills on time, late income tax returns or just  leaving Christmas shopping to the last minute.

I have found, in studying and modeling successful business owners and leaders that 100% DO NOT PROCRASTINATE, if some things need to be done, it is done now and not left for later.  Food for thought if you are struggling in your business.

MY 3# main reasons on WHY people procrastinate so much are around..

  1. The FEAR –
  • The FEAR of FAILURE?
  • The FEAR of Success?
  • The FEAR of the consequence of DOING the task/Job?
  • The FEAR of the consequence of NOT DOING the task/Job?
  1. If I don’t make a decision or don’t do the task I cannot be blamed for it
  2. Thrill seekers – I like the last minute rush to finish it..
  • I work better under pressure ( NO one works better under pressure )
  • I will do it tomorrow before the Deadline? (Tomorrow never comes?)

So what are my ways to overcome Procrastination?

  • Be honest on why I am putting it off. Do I have FEAR? Will it be Beneficial or Detrimental to others?
  • Commit to doing it ( to myself or someone else )
  • Prepare – Outline or document how and when I will compete the task or job.
  • Reward – I find that after I complete an important task (that I don’t like doing) I reward myself for a job well done. Could be an early day off work or taking my partner to dinner.
  • AS Nike says – JUST DO IT

I hope this will help you all TAKE some action as I always say..

“Information without action is USELESS”

Stop procrastinating and reading this – NOW GO and do what you have been putting off!!

Paul Duncan

Marketing and Lead Generation Expert

P: 0433440881