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Technology’s Revolutionary Impact on the Relative Importance of Soft Skills

If you are in the service business, then you know a little bit about change. Just about everything to do with field service has been impacted by technology; and it has changed the way we do business. Technology is also

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You Said “Two” – The Importance of a Good First Impression

“You said ‘two’.” These were the three simple words she spoke to me and they set the tone for our business relationship and a lasting first impression. As I write this, it is early on a Sunday morning in Vancouver. I am staying at a downtown hotel and reviewing the details of a workshop that I am delivering to a group of technicians on Monday. I had decided to take a break and walk a couple of blocks to get some fresh air and cup of coffee.

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Empathy – I’ll Know it When I Feel it

I was reminded of the importance of small things that reflect empathy just last week and how it can make such an important difference. I was at my mother’s house when the HVAC technician arrived to check the air conditioning system before the weather got too hot. I answered the door to a bright, clean and friendly young man with a warm smile. Here are four little things that he did during the course of his work that demonstrated that he had empathy.

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How Service Providers Can Stand out from the Crowd

Now, in the scheme of things, I guess you could say that the customer service representative was just doing his job. And maybe, he had nothing better to do at that time in the morning – I don’t suppose he would have been run off his feet. However, the willingness to stay on the line and guide me through the steps until everything was working the way I needed it was the best thing he could have done for me this morning. It showed that he was sensitive to my situation (empathy) and he provided the level of support he felt would suit my needs in the circumstances.

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