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Professional Telephone Skills

 A hands-on one-day course with free pre-course online skills testing 
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PROFESSIONAL TELEPHONE SKILLS

Quality, flexible training for Telephone Skills

We feel we provide the best telephone techniques training courses you can find, so ask us if you need help

COURSE OUTLINE

Full details of modules and topics covered in this one-day course

DURATION

This is a one-day training course structured into 16 modules


COURSE AIMS
To raise the awareness of customer service on the telephone and assist delegates in providing telephone service excellence.
TARGET AUDIENCE
All staff members who use the telephone as part of their normal duties.

Do you wonder why dealing with customers on the telephone can often generate problems that are never encountered face to face?

While telephone enquiries provide sales opportunities, one bad experience with someone on the phone may be enough reason for a customer - even a regular customer - to look elsewhere.


The telephone is your customer's lifeline to your company. Yet although it provides fast and relatively inexpensive communication, it is a medium that is impersonal -- and switchboard and other telephone staff must be able to prevent negative behaviour on both sides.
It is essential to understand, not just which techniques can be used, but the advantages and disadvantages of communicating by telephone. We will work with you to produce a solution that enables delegates to be brighter, more responsive and far more effective in their telephone work.
The result ? Customers will have a positive response when dealing with you on the telephone, creating better and longer-lasting relationships.


LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Understand the importance, and use of, the telephone in delivering exceptional customer service
  • Gain enhanced key skills in assertiveness, listening and dealing with challenging callers
  • Deal with callers in a professional, efficient manner

  • MODULE 1:  Introduction and Course Overview
    MODULE 2:  Exercise: Getting To Know You
    MODULE 3:  Knowledge / Skill Checklist
    MODULE 4:  First Impressions
    Learning outcomes:
    Understand the importance of a good first impressions and how making a poor first impression can severely affect the customer / colleague relationship.
    MODULE 5:  Communication
    Learning outcomes:
    See how good and poor communication skills impacts on providing an efficient customer service.
    Topics covered:
    • Why Communication Goes Wrong
    • Building Rapport
    • Communication Methods
    • Personal Communication Style Questionnaire
    MODULE 6:  Telephone Skills
    Learning outcomes:
    Learn about good telephone technique, transferring telephone calls, putting callers on hold, using appropriate language, taking accurate messages.
    Topics covered:
    • Telephone Skills Self Diagnostic
    • Inappropriate Language/Phrases Exercise
    • Effective Telephone Communicators
    • Poor Telephone Communicators
    MODULE 7:  The Factors of The Voice
    Learning outcomes:
    Recognise how vocal factors can impact on business relationships and address any issues.
    Topics covered:
    • Power
    • Pitch
    • Pronunciation
    • Pace
    • Inflection/Emphasis
    MODULE 8:  Six Steps to Handling An Incoming Call
    Learning outcomes:
    Understand how to follow a structured framework to enable incoming calls to be handled efficiently.
    Topics covered:
    • Good and Poor Statements on the Phone
    • Warm Transfer of Calls
    • Message Taking
    MODULE 9:  Questioning Techniques
    Learning outcomes:
    Be able to use the TED technique and open questioning to help determine and solve problems.
    Topics covered:
    • What are Open Questions?
    • What are Closed Questions?
    • T.E.D. Technique for Open Questions
    • Funnelling Technique
    MODULE 10:  Listening Skills
    Learning outcomes:
    Understand the importance of effective listening skills when dealing with customers and work colleagues.
    Topics covered:
    • Listening Skills Questionnaire
    • Listening Skills Tips/Techniques
    MODULE 11:  Telephone Work - Standards Monitoring Checklist
    Learning outcomes:
    Know how to use the standards monitoring checklist, and understand how it can help to maintain service levels.
    Topics covered:
    • Role Play: Guidelines for Observer Feedback
    MODULE 12:  Assertiveness
    Learning outcomes:
    Fully understand what assertiveness means and explore the differences between aggressive, passive and assertive behaviours.
    Topics covered:
    • Car wars exercise
    • Assertiveness, Aggressiveness and Passivity
    • Assertiveness - The 3 Steps
    • Assertive Skill Practice
    MODULE 13:  15 top tips for building trust and rapport
    Learning outcomes:
    Recognise the value of using certain behaviours in building trust and rapport.
    MODULE 14:  Influencing: Preparation
    Learning outcomes:
    Discover the importance of good preparation before dealing with a challenging situation.
    Topics covered:
    • Influencing Tactics
    MODULE 15:  Dealing with Anger
    Learning outcomes:
    Recognise why people get angry and understand how to diffuse and deal with potential problems.
    Topics covered:
    • Irate People - Tips and Tactics
    MODULE 16:  Your Personal Action Plan
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    DELEGATE FEEDBACK FOR OUR
    PROFESSIONAL TELEPHONE SKILLS COURSE

    AVERAGE REVIEW: 88%  (4.4/5)  BASED ON 70 REVIEWS

    Androulla Demetriou, Jul 8 2016
    Course rating of 5 stars
    "Victoria was a wonderful trainer, she taught the session in an engaging manner, and was nothing short of a delight. The training was presented clearly and with a wealth of knowledge behind the subject." Gianluca Cina , Jun 1 2016
    Course rating of 5 stars
    "everything was perfect" Andrea Gration, Apr 27 2016
    Course rating of 4 stars
    "great trainer - really engaging - would definately recommend" Joanne Jones, Apr 25 2016
    Course rating of 4 stars
    "Mike was a great trainer." Maggie Brook, Apr 25 2016
    Course rating of 4 stars
    "Mike was friendly and approcahable. He covered all areas thoroughly and made us feel relaxed so that we felt we could ask any questions if we needed to." thomas fisk , Apr 25 2016
    Course rating of 4 stars
    "good course would recommended " Phil Burdett, Apr 1 2016
    Course rating of 5 stars
    "I would like to say that Jackie was my teacher on this course and I must say the best teacher I have ever been trained by Thank you" Claire Webb , Feb 10 2016
    Course rating of 4 stars
    "trainer was very good at his job and very friendly" ANGELA FARNSWORTH, Feb 10 2016
    Course rating of 5 stars
    "Excellent training - our tutor was very friendly and kept us very interested." Catherine Morris , Jan 5 2016
    Course rating of 4 stars
    "The tutor was really good. " Phill Clegg, Oct 29 2015
    Course rating of 5 stars
    "Very well presented" Kuvel Kaur, Oct 21 2015
    Course rating of 3 stars
    "Graham was very helpful and kind. in such a short amount of time he taught us memorable life skills which I will treasure. " pauline walker, Sep 29 2015
    Course rating of 4 stars
    "All topics were covered in detail. I liked the course trainer. She had a very pleasant and easy way about her. As soon as I walked into the room I felt very comfortable. She delivered the course in an approachable manner." Jack Wade , Sep 22 2015
    Course rating of 4 stars
    "Thank you for the course. It was useful." Alex Dibley, Sep 22 2015
    Course rating of 4 stars
    "Very good course. Tutor was excellent! "

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    PROFESSIONAL TELEPHONE SKILLS

    General Information

    All Activia telephone techniques training courses have been created, reviewed and developed to ensure up to date provision and constantly improving standards of content. Our Telephone Skills training is interactive and classroom-based which maximises learning through the ability to ask questions and discuss specific issues.

    Class Sizes

    Maximum class size for Telephone Skills courses is 10 delegates, which ensures that attendees get adequate time for personal attention from the instructor. At some of our centres, the maximum class size is 12 delegates.

    Note that we never cancel our scheduled classes -- even if there are only one or two delegates -- so once you have booked, your place is assured.

    For training at your offices, we can deliver classes of up to 15 delegates, though with bigger class sizes you must understand that there is less time for questions from delegates, and this may affect the quality of their experience.

    How to book
    Course, dates and delegate numbers
    Decide on the Telephone Skills course you want, the date(s) you can attend, and the number of delegates involved
    Training location
    Also decide whether you want training at your offices or at one of our centres
    Speedy course booking
    You can use the Speedy Quote option to contact us for a quick price, or you can book online from the schedule on this website
    Call us
    if at any time you want help or advice, or you want to book on the telephone, just call us on 0333 6000 111 to speak to one of our friendly training advisors

    Note: With non-credit card bookings you must sign and return a Booking Form before we can confirm your training.

    Also note: If you are a private individual you must pay by credit card at the time of booking.

    The confirmation process
    Course places allocated
    Your place is allocated, along with workbooks (and lunches if it's at our centre)
    Booking confirmation
    You receive an official confirmation, with joining instructions (and directions if it's at our centre)
    Training invoice
    You receive a VAT invoice

    Note: Please allow 1 - 2 working days for your confirmation and invoice.

    What happens on the day

    If you are coming to our centre, dress code is smart casual.   Refreshments and a free buffet lunch will be provided, but please note that, as a training company who relies on caterers, we are unable to reliably provide for differing dietary requirements, so if you are in any doubt then please bring your own.   The timetable is as follows:

    9:15

    ARRIVAL TIME

    9:30

    TRAINING STARTS

    11:00

    MID-MORNING BREAK



    1:00

    ONE HOUR LUNCH BREAK

    3:15

    MID-AFTERNOON BREAK

    4:30

    WRAP UP

    Note: break times can vary according to the needs of the training, and course duration for smaller class sizes are usually shorter because fewer delegates have fewer questions !

    For training at your offices, this itenerary can be varied by prior arrangement.

    What you get

    With your Telephone Skills training course from Activia, you get a free workbook, so you can review and revise afterwards to reinforce your knowledge.

    Every delegate on a Telephone Skills course also gets an Activia Training Attendance Certificate.

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    PROFESSIONAL TELEPHONE SKILLS

    We can enhance your skills with training for Telephone Skills at any of our twelve training centres UK wide, or we can come to your offices: if you have groups of three or more staff who need training, this is a very convenient, flexible and cost effective option. Moreover, most of our telephone techniques courses are 1 day, which keeps "out of office" periods for attendees to a minimum.

    We have been delivering professional telephone skills all over the UK since 1995 and have continually developed our philosophy of high quality, flexible and results-driven provision of training in Telephone Techniques to ensure constantly improving standards of quality.   So you can be confident that we have the expertise, and the experience, to give you a great return on your investment in courses for Telephone Techniques.

    Why not contact us today to see how we can help with providing your courses for Telephone Techniques ?


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