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How to Handle Difficult Customers – Part 2

Understanding Different Types of Difficult Customers

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Jeff Wiatt

Training Director at Tech Touch

Hey there, fellow customer service champions! It’s round two of our deep dive into the world of customer service. Remember our last chat about the importance of customer service and the concept of difficult customers? If you missed it, be sure to check it out: Part 1 – An Introduction

Now, we’re all in this together, right? And we all know that customers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are a breeze to serve, brightening our day with their kindness. And then, there are the difficult ones – the ones who test our patience and skills.

But, what if we told you that understanding these challenging customers could be the key to making your life easier and improving your customer service game? Yeah, that’s right! Intrigued? Well, buckle up, because we’re just getting started!

The Angry Customer

First up, we have the Angry Customer. You know, the one who seems to have a personal vendetta against happiness. This one’s usually pretty easy to spot because, well, they’re angry. They could be fuming over a defective product, a delayed service, or they might just be having a bad day. But don’t worry; they’re not impossible to handle. It’s all about keeping your cool and helping them feel heard.

The Impatient Customer

Next on the list is the Impatient Customer. Ever feel like time speeds up when you’re dealing with them? Their main mantra is, “I want it, and I want it now.” But guess what? Your patience can actually be the key to dealing with their impatience. So, hang in there!

The Demanding Customer

The Demanding Customer. Oh boy, these folks have some high standards, don’t they? Nothing is ever good enough for them. But keep in mind, this can be an opportunity. If you can impress these customers, you can impress anyone!
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The Indecisive Customer

Let’s talk about the Indecisive Customer. You know, the one who can’t make up their mind? They ask a million questions and still can’t decide. Patience and guidance are your best friends here. And remember, it’s okay to help them take that decision-making leap.

The 'Never Satisfied' Customer

Last but certainly not least, we have the ‘Never Satisfied’ Customer. No matter what you do, it’s just not quite right. These customers can be a real challenge, but they can also help you up your game. Think of them as the ultimate test of your customer service skills.

Alright, folks! That’s a wrap on this part of difficult customers. Sure, they can be tough to handle, but remember, they’re also the ones who can help us grow the most. So, don’t get disheartened. In the upcoming sections, we’ll be sharing some handy tips and tricks on how to turn these challenges into opportunities. Read more in Part 3 – General Principles for Dealing with Difficult Customers!

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