Customer Service At The Restaurant Business

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Customer service by definition is the ability of knowledgeable, capable, and enthusiastic employees to deliver products and services to their internal and external customers in a manner that satisfies identified and unidentified needs and ultimately results in positive word-of-mouth publicity and return business (Lucas, 2012, pg.7). In other words, it’s making the customer pleased so that they keep doing business with you all while making sure that the employees get along and work together well. In every business there is a form of customer service. Unfortunately, it is not always excellent or even decent. Some businesses just either don’t care or possibly just don’t have the training to deal with some of the obstacles that come with dealing with customers on a daily basis. I’ve been in the restaurant business for over 13 years and I can tell you that there are skills that some are born with and others need training on, yet either way they should be used whenever interacting with customers.
There are many skills needed to deal with customers. They range from dealing with indecisive people to emotionally unstable ones and even timid ones. By using positive communication, good body language, and by actively listening, you can be sure that you can identify the problem that is occurring and start looking for a solution that not only makes the customer content but that follows the policies and values of the business. Most problems arise because not everyone knows these skills and how to use them. The right training can go a long way for a business and its relationships with its customers.
There are many ways that you can talk to people, but not all of them are the correct way. When speaking with customers, you need to make them feel l...

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There are many skills and techniques to learn before a business can have excellent customer service. If you are not putting the customer first and putting all else aside, it will show and slowly you will lose business. Learning how to speak positively, exhibit inviting body language, and listen actively are just a few of the skills that need to be taught to all employees that deal with customers. By providing adequate training and using that knowledge to the best of your ability, you can have the best customer relationships and a loyal following that could open new doors for new customers or even new stores. Giving outstanding customer service is a requirement if you want to keep your business open and prospering.
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