Customer Service Booster Course
The Customer Service Booster course is designed as a short-duration course (3 hours) that is perfect as a call handling induction program for new staff or as part of your investment in the ongoing professional development of your existing customer service staff.
The course goes beyond traditional customer service training tropes such as ‘always have a smile in your voice’ and ‘use the customer’s name 2 or 3 times in a call’.
This is a program that has been three decades in the making. It leverages the insights and assessment of more than 50,000 phone calls and a nearly 30-year career spent training and coaching phone customer service skills.
The course covers the most critical and impactful behaviours needed to drive successful call outcomes. Crucially it doesn’t teach scripts (they don’t work!) but does provide a structure for phone calls where staff communicate in key moments with energy, empathy and simplicity.
In particular, staff will learn how to master the start and the finish of any phone call and how to check for understanding, comfort and resolution throughout. They will also learn and practice a simple but powerful 2-step method for dealing with more difficult customers and situations they may encounter.
Customer Service Booster Course Fast Facts
Built specifically for online training!
This Customer Service Booster training course has been specifically adapted to be delivered online with trainee engagement and learning outcomes enhanced by the short bursts of interactive and engaging development methods.
At just 3-hours, your employees will have the capacity to focus on our session whilst still having time to practice or take on additional learning like products & services training, systems training etc or jump back on the phone and put their new skills to immediate use!
The course is delivered via Zoom which is easily accessible to anyone that has an internet browser.
Whilst not mandatory, we do recommend having the camera enabled to maximise the learning experience.
Who should do this course?
The skills we teach are applicable to all industries, products and services and for any -phone-based role.
Typical roles include:
- Call centre agents (sales or service)
- Customer service staff
- Administration teams who handle customer phone calls
- Telephone account management
- Complaints teams
If you are looking for our more comprehensive customer service programs, check out our Customer Service Professional or Customer Service Excellence courses that are much longer in duration (minimum 8 hours) and cover more in-depth content.
What you’ll learn:
The Customer Service Booster training course will teach your staff the critical skills for call handling that the most successful agents in the world use to deliver superior customer experiences and efficient first contact resolution.
Centred on empathy, action and energy, participants will learn how to be more confident, efficient and effective with every customer interaction they have. The training consists of powerful demonstrations and practice in the essential behaviours with four key modules:
1. How to Engage
How to create a strong first impression and impact at the start of any phone call by showing strong ownership and intent, managing expectations and building trust and confidence to set up the call for success.
2. How to Close
How to create a lasting final impression and confident finish to conversations through a simple method of strong final checks, expressions of gratitude and thanks in a warm farewell. Staff will learn how to avoid those often awkward, clunky finishes.
3. How to Educate
Participants learn how to proactively educate customers through consistent checks of understanding and comfort with key information provided. to gain verbal nods and insight to make good judgements as to what else is needed.
4. Energy & Empathy
Exploration of the critical phone communication techniques and underlying psychology behind how to acknowledge and empathise with customer concerns and objections.
They will learn how to diffuse emotion and take ownership in order to satisfy both a customer’s emotional and transactional needs.
About Your Trainer
The Customer Service Booster training course is designed and facilitated by Simon Blair, one of Australia’s top Customer Service Trainers and the developer of the Five Degrees Service Experience method.
Simon has trained thousands of agents across Australia with his career spanning 30 years. He’s also directly assessed over 50,000 phone calls that have enabled him to continually test and refine his training to ensure he doesn’t just teach theory, he teaches what works!
Simon Blair lives in Melbourne and outside of work he’s kept busy as a father of 4 kids, including 3 teenagers and a 5-year-old, and as a coach of his twin girls footy team.
He also indulges his love of music when he can as a guitarist and singer-songwriter and is a passionate supporter of the North Melbourne Football Club (yes they do exist!).
Feedback from Managers who have implemented this course:
When we started our work with Simon we incorporated his Five Degrees model into our CX framework. This has helped us deliver improved service through via both our own staff and also those with our outsourced partners. Everyone has reaped the benefits from our improved Service Desk experience to Toyota employees that has come from our long-term partnership.
Great feedback from all participants
Hi Simon, the training workshops with the team went really, really well. It was such a positive learning exercise for all of them and the feedback I received was great!
Exceeded all expectations!
“We weren’t sure what to expect when we switched from the classroom training approach with Five Degrees to an online delivery model. It exceeded all expectations and provided an even better experience for staff as well as enhanced learning outcomes. The structured approach of the 5 Degrees model lends itself extremely well to online facilitation. I couldn’t recommend it more highly!
The Five Degrees methodology provides a clear framework to sustain improvements. It is easy to understand, easy to train and provides a foundation for individual and team improvement.
Course Participants Feedback:
“Thought I would let you know that it is the most outstanding Customer Service course I have ever done! From the videos to the role-plays and the general interaction with the guys. They were both professional and fun. Great work guys. Thanks! – Customer Service Training Participant, TAFE NSW
“It is difficult to come up with one part of the training that was my favourite. The whole thing I believe was one of the most inspiring training sessions that I have done in 11.5 years at Aurora. I’m excited at just how much the Five Degrees approach can improve our customer experience – Customer Service Team Leader Training Participant, Aurora Energy
“I would recommend this training as it was insightful and refreshing. Simon really made us step out of our own perspective and into the customer experience. There were things he covered that I was just wowed by. I’m so used to set scripts and pitches but Simon covered the words to say, voice volume, pauses and how to have conversations that makes the customer comfortable to build trust.” – Customer Service Training Participant, Philip Morris
“WOW OH WOW, I’ve just listened to recordings of three of the coaching sessions Simon did. I’m so excited about our upcoming Training with him. The way he delivers his feedback is awesome and he has some really powerful tips for the guys which simplify things.” – Customer Service Train-the-Trainer Participant, RACT
About CX Skills
CX Skills is a specialist training business that only delivers customer experience and customer service related courses facilitated exclusively by industry professionals. Our main website, CX Central is Australia’s most trusted website for contact centre and CX professionals in Australia and we also manage the popular Call Centre Legends Facebook page followed by over 30,000 call centre employees.
As well as training solutions, we also provide CX & Contact Centre consulting services using the same practices, processes and methodologies that we use in our training courses so you can rest assured you’ll be learning best-practice skills that work in the real world.
How and when it’s delivered
The Customer Service Booster course is delivered via Zoom and is offered both publicly (anyone can purchase a ticket) and privately (just for your employees) with the differences outlined below:
The Customer Service Booster course is delivered as one 3-hour module enabling you to fast-track your skills whilst still allowing time to either learn other skills (e.g. local processes, products, services etc) or continue to work on the phones and put into practice your new skills immediately after each session.
The times and dates are fixed to enable you to plan ahead and typically we run this course once a month. If you would like to have more flexibility on the dates, times and content refer to our private options.
Whilst the public courses can be a great way to interact with others and are perfect for small numbers, sometimes you need more flexibility with the dates and times or you’d like the benefits of training larger groups of agents within your business.
Our private courses can deliver the same course with dates and times to suit you and we can also include custom-built role plays, simulations and call examples based on your business rather than the generic ones we use in our public courses and they can be more cost-effective for larger groups.
Pricing and Payment Options
The Customer Service Booster course is just $247 per person ex GST for 3 hours of live, facilitated learning with Simon Blair. Simply select the preferred date at the bottom of this page to purchase tickets.
Payment can be made instantly using a credit card or an invoice can be requested.
Save 15% when booking for 3 or more staff in the same transaction (note: the discount will be applied on the final checkout page and no other discounts apply).
Upcoming Public Customer Service Booster Training Courses
All the publicly available Customer Service Booster courses are listed below – click on your preferred date to purchase tickets. If you have larger numbers (more than 5) and would like more flexibility with dates and times contact us for pricing and availability.