Learn how to use apologetic expressions, show empathy, and use positive language to provide excellent customer service in English. Discover how the right words can build positive relationships with customers, improve customer satisfaction, and increase customer loyalty.
In this video, the speaker talks about how to use English expressions to provide good customer service. The first topic is apologetic expressions that can be used to break down frustration and anger. The second topic is on empathy and how to show it to your customers. The third topic is on positive expressions that can help create a friendly and solution-focused tone, such as 'I'm here to help' or 'Shall we get started?'.
Good English customer service isn't just about being friendly.
It's also about using the right words and expressions to show empathy, to
show customers that you want to work with them, and sometimes, of course,
to apologize if they're really angry.
And you wanna show them generally that you're there.
You wanna show them that you're willing to help resolve their issues, right?
So we're gonna be focusing on a few expressions that you can use to make your
customer interactions more successful.
In this video we're going to talk about customer service, English expressions
that you can use to apologize, to show empathy, to be positive.
And to work together with the customer you're dealing with.
How can we use these expressions to accomplish all of these things?
So first up, we're gonna talk about apologetic expressions.
Now, in most cases, hopefully you're not apologizing because you
personally did something wrong.
You're making an apology generally because the customer is unhappy about something.
It can be a good way to sort of break through that frustration
and anger and then start actually working on a solution, right?
So you're apologizing broadly for any frustration that they may
be feeling for any inconvenience that they may have experienced.
Again, no matter who is to blame, it can, it can still be a good idea, right?
So here are a few examples that you can use to apologize like a pro.
I apologize for the inconvenience.
you might use that when someone has waited for a long time while
you are trying to solve something.
Or, as we talked about more generally, they have gone through
some kind of inconvenience and you want to sort of say, Hey, I see that
now we're going to deal with it.
You may also say, I apologize for any frustration this may have caused.
This one is useful when you want to identify a specific cause.
So, maybe they had an expectation and that expectation was not met.
Maybe they've tried to solve a problem with another customer service person and
it wasn't solved, and so they're going through a process and they're getting
more and more frustrated, and so you want to just acknowledge that frustration.
I apologize for any frustration this may have caused.
Now if it's more serious, you might say, I'm so sorry this has happened.
I recommend saying this has happened.
To make it a little gentler instead of just this happened, but I'm so
sorry this happened, is okay too.
Apologizing is a great way to acknowledge the current
situation, no matter who is to.
And then move on to the next thing, which is hopefully a solution.
I'm so sorry this has happened.
Let's figure out what we can do and we'll get into those
expressions in just a moment.
Finally, I'm here to help in any way I can, and I apologize for the
frustration you're experiencing.
This is less about the cause.
And this is more about your feeling.
You're currently going through this feeling of frustration, right?
I apologize for this frustration you're experiencing, this
inconvenience you are experiencing.
So again, we're not talking about why right now.
I'm just acknowledging your current feeling.
Next, let's talk about empathy.
How do we show empathy to a customer?
These expressions, let the customer know that you understand what they're going
through and that you are here to help.
So let's check out four examples, four things we can say to show empathy.
I completely understand why you're feeling frustrated and I'm here to listen.
Now, this could be a little bit risky, right?
If you say, I completely understand.
It's possible that they may feel that you couldn't possibly understand my situation.
You've never gone through anything like this, right?
But that's why I recommend using the word why instead of what If you say, I
completely understand what you're feeling.
That means I understand how you feel because I've experienced the same thing.
But instead, if you say, I completely understand why you're feeling
frustrated, then it just focuses on me understanding it, and it's not saying
that I exactly know how that feels.
So in this case, why maybe better than what?
I know this is frustrating, but I'm here to assist you and find a solution.
Or I'm here to help you and find a solution.
I know this is frustrating.
I know that this is inconvenient or annoying.
This is a great way to, again, show that you understand, but not necessarily say.
Yes, and I know exactly what that feels like.
I'm just listening carefully and I want to make sure I understand that I
show empathy to you so that then we can work together on finding a solution.
I understand your situation, and I'm here to find a solution for you.
This is a great way to connect what you're going to do with that initial
thing that you say to show empathy.
I understand your situation, so I understand what you've explained.
You've talked me through it.
I can see that you're very upset.
I understand it.
Now, again, if you say this in a way, That sounds like you don't really care.
I understand your situation.
Now let's work on a solution that could sound a little bit
maybe inconsiderate, right?
It could sound a little bit cold, so it matters how you say that if you're
talking on the phone, for example.
But it can be a very good expression to show empathy.
I understand your concern and I'm going to do everything I can to help.
You could say, assist you to make it a bit more.
But help, I think is a good one.
It feels a little bit more personal.
Now. I understand your situation.
I understand your concern.
Those are a little bit different.
Situation is what happened, right?
The whole situation you're in, and your concern is focusing on your emotion.
What makes you angry, what makes you frustrated, what
you're worried about, right?
So just be aware that those are a little bit different.
One focusing on the feeling.
And one more, focusing on the broader situation, the broader context.
Now what about expressions that can show that you want to work
together to solve the problem?
We talked about a few of these connected to expressions for empathy, but
let's, let's do some specifically to talk about how we can work together.
Number one, to empathize and then emphasize that you and the
customer are a team working toward a common goal to solve the issue.
So here are four expressions that you can use to show a
sort of collaborative spirit.
Let's do what we can to resolve this issue.
Let's do what we can.
Now, it may be that I'm going to do most of it, or maybe not, but by
saying, let's, and we, it makes it feel like we're in the same team, and that
can, that can be a good way to start to tackle a problem in the same way,
let's work together to resolve this.
So the word together, saying that it's going to be you and me right?
Now, we could connect it by showing appreciation that this person here that
we're dealing with has waited a long time and dealt with several other people,
and it's feeling a bit frustrated.
So, I appreciate your patience while we work through this together.
So I appreciate your patience number one, thank you for sometimes
waiting on a five minute hold while I talk to some other people.
But also while we work through this to remind the customer
that this is an ongoing process.
Here we go.
We're kind of.
Doing it together.
Now we could combine let's with the word together, and that would be a good
way to express something very similar.
Let's work together to resolve this as quickly as possible.
So there, I want to let you know that I'm prioritizing speed, that I
want to work quickly with you, that I don't want to keep you waiting longer.
And again, let's, and the word together sort of reinforce this idea
that, well, we are in this together.
Now, last but not least, let's bring in some positivity.
Positive expressions can create a friendly and solution focused tone,
which is obviously something that we want, and I think they can help improve
the customer's overall experience.
So here are four examples that you can use to, let's say spread the sunshine.
I'm here to help.
Shall we get started?
So that's just a way to quickly say, I am going to do whatever it
takes to help you and then begin.
Thank you for bringing this up.
I'm going to do my best to help you.
So there again, we have two pieces.
I'm thanking you for bringing the issue to me because.
I'm the best person to solve your problem.
I will do everything I can to help.
I'm going to do my best to help.
I will do whatever I can to help solve this for you.
Any of those variations would be fine, but it's very proactive.
It's very positive to essentially say, no matter what happens,
your issue will be solved.
I'm here to listen and help however I can.
Now, sound good can be a little bit informal, right?
The formal way to say that is, does that sound good?
Does that sound good?
Now, sometimes you'll hear people say, instead of, sound good, sounds good?
So if you want to say it formally, then go with, does that sound good?
If you wanna say it more casually, then I would recommend "Sounds good?"
Again, not very formal, so you have to be aware of that.
I'm here to help.
I'm here to listen.
These two are a way to show that I'm continually going to be carefully
listening to your issues and doing everything that I can, but then I want to
get a little feedback and that's a way to make you feel like we're participating.
And then hopefully, hopefully the customer will say, sounds good.
Okay, so that's just a great way.
Make sure we're both on the same team.
I'm here to help and I'll do everything I can to assist you.
Assist you is a little bit formal, so just be aware of that help.
Sounds a bit more friendly to me.
I'm here to help as almost something that a superhero would
say when they land on the ground.
I'm here to help.
And I'll do everything I can to assist you.
So it can sound a bit formal, it could be a bit corny, but I think
it could also be a good way to set the tone, be very positive, and show
that I'm going to be proactively helping you solve your problem.
Okay, so now that we've gone through these four groups of expressions,
I would like you to start thinking.
How you can put them into practice.
Pick out a few of the ones that you like and try to use them in your
own customer service situations and let me know how it goes.
I think if you haven't used these before, that they will really help
you communicate and create that empathy that you really want to have
when you're dealing with a costumer
in English, and that is it for this video.
So if you have any questions, let me know.
Let me know how it goes.
Trying out these customer service English expressions.
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Providing good customer service using the right words is crucial in building a positive relationship with the customer and ensuring customer satisfaction. To show customers that you are willing to help them, it is important to actively listen to their concerns, provide clear communication, and offer solutions to their problems. It can greatly affect how the customer perceives the company and the quality of service provided. It can influence their decision to continue doing business with the company and their likelihood to recommend the company to others.
The right expressions to use include apologetic expressions such as “I’m sorry for the inconvenience” or “I apologize for the error.” These expressions show that the company takes responsibility for the issue and is willing to make things right for the customer. Expressions to show empathy include phrases such as “I can imagine how frustrating this must be for you.” These expressions show that the customer service representative is listening to the customer’s concerns and can relate to their situation. Expressions to show collaboration include phrases such as “Let me see what I can do to help you” or “I’m here to assist you in any way I can.”
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