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Customer Experience Beliefs: 11 to Win Over Customers


If we want our customers to have a superior customer experience, we need to examine our customer experience beliefs. What we think affects what we do. This is true in every aspect of business. With customers, it’s even more important.


Customer Experience Beliefs: Image is the neon sign "belief".

11 Winning Customer Experience Beliefs. Image by Steve Rhodes via Flickr Creative Commons License.

Image by: Steve Rhodes via Flicker Creative Commons License.

11 Surefire Customer Experience Beliefs

  1. Customers cannot observe our intentions. Treat them well.

  2. The customer’s voice echoes forever. Of course they talk about us. What they say is actually up to us.

  3. Persist when you sense potential; shift and innovate when you see futility. Never let frustration with a customer stop you from giving great care and finding a solution!

  4. Make customer experience easy! Count the number of hoops you ask customers to jump through & you’ll find the places they may jump ship! Leave the hoops for basketball.

  5. Courtesy and civility do not undo our authenticity. They allow the customers to easily embrace it. Authenticity is not an excuse for being blunt or rude to customers. A smile can change everything.

  6. A customer’s trust is an invitation for a human bond. Our actions RSVP the truth about our integrity and foretell the customer’s next choice.


  7. There is a difference between service and servitude. The first you choose; the second you don’t. What choice will you make to deliver superior customer experience?

  8. A sincere apology is the quickest way to repave the road of customer trust. Waffling, defending, and delay leaves a trail of mistrust.

  9. Our future is behind every customer. The customer is the heart of our success. Their pulse is our vital sign. It beats for our future. Maintain heart health!

  10. When we hold resentment in our hearts, we deliver far below our capabilities. Learn objective caring to prevent taking customers’ criticisms personally.

  11. Choose to trust until there’s proof to mistrust. Check all your processes, procedures, and touch points. Do they communicate trust or mistrust of the customer? Then ask yourselves, if you were the customers, would you feel welcome?



Are your customer experience beliefs serving or sabotaging superior customer experience? Leaders, do you know what your teams think? Sit with them and ask “What are our customer experience beliefs?” You may be pleasantly surprised or jolted by the silence. In either case, this review is a no cost high return step to superior customer experience!


What winning customer experience beliefs would you add to this list?


From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

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Customer Service: 24 Tips to Make it Easy for Customers


Leaders, does your vision of company success include the phrase easy for customers With so much spent on customer loyalty research, it is surprising to see so little focus put on the basic customer service request — make it easy for me!!


There are some exceptions like Staples Office Supplies who have made Easy their brand. Yet it is not a message you hear from every single business. It should be!


When you give customers value and ease, they have little reason to go to your competitors. Easy and valuable builds loyalty builds because it is hard to leave! Are you ready to move past the customer loyalty research and into the zone of true customer loyalty?


Customer service: Image is button that says "easy".

Customer Service: Customers want it easy & valuable. Image by: Spackletoe




Basic Beliefs You’ll Need

  • The customer is your pathway to success — not your enemy. Trust don’t mistrust.
  • There are things all customers need from you to give you their loyalty: value, ease, positive memory, gratitude.
  • The opposite of easy is difficult not high status. Some businesses believe that complexity makes their brand seem more valuable. Yet the finest hotels and restaurants make customer service easy for the customer not complex and difficult.
  • Making customer service easy costs you little and brings you much.






Easy Customer Service: 24 Things Customers Will Love!

  1. Be attentive. “Stop doing other things while you’re helping me.” Stop texting, stop talking to your coworkers about other things, stop picking up the phone and serving other customers, stop watching the video playing in the room, etc… Be present and attentive in customer service.

  2. Be friendly. Friendly makes it easy and it doesn’t have to delay value. “Smile, be open to questions, show me you care.” It costs nothing and speaks volumes in gratitude.

  3. Be adaptable. “I’m a person. Not a cog in your process wheel.” Strict scripts in customer service make life difficult for the customer. This doesn’t mean you must throw out all processes and let each customer run your company. It does mean your processes must be flexible to make customer service easy for each customer.

  4. Be timely. “if you here I’m urgent, get to the point. If I’m laid back, don’t push me.” There are some cultures where fast is rude because it seems like you don’t value the customer as a person. Other cultures value time and want you to respect it.

  5. Be proactive. “Use your expertise to prevent my problems.” Anticipate customers needs. Not that hard to do if you are listening. So throw away the script, listen to what the customers are saying, and make it easy for them. Anticipation communicates care which breeds loyalty. You may even sell them more as you anticipate their needs!

  6. Be creative. “Do something to help me even when I have an unusual request.” Creative problem solving or creative fun (depending on your product/service) makes life easy for the customer. It also energizes employees’ commitment to your brand and the customers!

  7. Be resilient. “Don’t treat me badly because it’s the end of your shift.” The customer needs care even when you are tired. Be as caring to the customer at the end of your workday as you were to the ones at the beginning. This makes it easy to be loyal to your brand.

  8. Be balanced in a storm. “You’re my lifeboat. Stay calm to ease the storm.” Things happen. Handle them with ease and make customer service easy for the customer. This builds trust and loyalty. Don’t tell the customer to calm down. It makes you look like an uncaring inept control freak.

  9. Be transparent. “Remove my doubt.” Pre-purchase or post purchase, being able to trust your brand makes life easy for the customer! Smoke and mirrors, hidden clauses, and surprises that deny service make it difficult for the customer to stay and easy for them to leave!

  10. Be virtuous. “Show me your brand has integrity.” Make your brand a brand of no excuses! Deliver the fix. Don’t defend the trouble. Make it easy for the customer to trust you! Remember, mistrust is a powerful engine.






  11. Honor privacy. A pharmacist in a well-known nationwide pharmacy said out loud to a packed waiting area, “Miss Debra _______________, where on your body will you be using this special powder for your rash? I have to enter the information in the system.” The patient customer was horrified. She gathered her courage and replied, “Why don’t you tell the whole world?” Was this pharmacist an idiot, an uncaring person, or a techno-focused robot? None of those deliver great service. Speak with people privately and secure their private information.

  12. Honor the customer’s view and knowledge. If the customer feels overrun, it’s not great service. Whether it is a retail customer explaining their situation or a patient explaining their pain, their view matters. Honor them with listening and insightful questions that diagnose not demean.

  13. Honor the customers for choosing your company or professional practice. All the traditional courtesies do this well. Please, thank you, you’re welcome, so glad to see you, thanks for coming back to us — all honor the customers for being your customers.






  14. Stop asking the customer to repeat themselves. “Hear me.” Contact centers are notorious for torturing the customer through repetition — especially when connecting the call to others departments. Stop this madness. Listen, take notes, and be the customer’s advocate! Why would anyone be loyal to a brand that tortures them?

  15. Stop hiding! “What’s your phone number?” If a customer can’t easily find your phone number, they are not likely to give you their loyalty. Even in today’s high tech environment of online service, customers want to know that calling you is an option when needed. If you hide your phone number on your website, your message is “don’t call us”. Hmmm… hardly a strategy for customer loyalty.

  16. Stop the jargon! An airline agent asked the customer: “What’s the fare basis on your ticket?” The customer snapped back: “I don’t know. I don’t speak airline.” Jargon makes life difficult for the customer. It also makes a brand seem full of itself.

  17. Work as a team. “I don’t care that it’s not your department!” Silos, personality conflicts, turf wars in companies are the opposite of easy customer service. It makes life difficult for customers and once again tells them you don’t care enough to work as a team.






  18. Welcome the customers’ questions. Questions are a sign of interest. Don’t misconstrue them to be questioning your authority. Build loyalty — don’t expect blind trust. The healthcare community seems to struggle with this. They send the message “ask questions and be active in your healthcare” yet they get impatient when patients ask questions. Remember, customers are easier to deal with when you make it easy for them to build trust in you.

  19. Welcome the customers’ view of customer service. Hotels that have a true customer satisfaction policy build loyalty. Hotels that rigidly define what they think is great customer service lose out. To some customers, safety is absolutely #1. To others, it’s access to the internet. To others, it’s a firm bed. Personalize customer service and you will see customers return.

  20. Welcome the customers’ real feedback. Does your customer feedback survey give customers opportunity to tell you in words what they think and what they would like next time? Having a voice makes it easy for them to come back to you. If you have primarily a numbers based survey, you are telling them you care only about the overall ranking — not what they think.

  21. Satisfy customers before they complain. Customers don’t like to become angry. They want things to be easy and easily addressed. Let them know upfront you will help them. BAM! Easy. Rebuild the trust.

  22. Hire people who like to serve. Yes, they do exist. Then train them, empower them, support them. It’s easy for employees to satisfy customers when leaders aren’t using the reps to limit service to the customers!



  23. Be grateful. Every word you speak, every action you take must tell each customer: “You matter individually.” This makes it easy to come back to you. What human doesn’t want to be valued? Even those that play it kool and claim they don’t care about gratitude, actually love it.

  24. Deliver on the most basic human need — love. Customer loyalty is pretty simple. If you want customers to love your brand, love your customers!


Make it easy for customers! Appreciate them, their time and value to your company. They are not numbers, demographic segments, dutiful servants, idiots waiting for your wisdom, nor puppets for profit.


Respect. them. Care for them. Each — and every one of them!




What tips would you add?



From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

Grateful for image by: Spackletoe via Flickr Creative Commons License.


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Business Leadership: Do You Have a Culture of Customer Advocacy?


If a customer asked you right now — who is my advocate — what would you say? The consumer protection agency? The better business bureau? Or everyone in this company!


Business Leadership: Image is two hands joined.

Business Leadership: Who Are Your Customers’ Advocates? Image by Craig Sunter via Flickr Creative Commons License.

Image by Craig Sunter via Flickr Creative Commons License.


Or would you hesitate? Would you start thinking of which department handles angry customers?

If a customer asks one of your employees — who is my advocate — will they be stumped by the question?

If you and your teams wouldn’t all respond “we are”, it’s time to ask yourselves …


Do we really have a culture of customer advocacy?



To customers, the answer is either yes or no — not halfway or maybe.



Business Leadership: Without Customer Advocacy

When customers ask, “who is my advocate”, the only answer that earns you their trust is … “all of us.” Else at some point, the customers will experience:

  • The Great Runaround.

    Whether it’s in a small professional practice, a mid-size business, or a large corporation, the customers will feel like hockey pucks at some point as you and your teams pass them around. Meanwhile the pucks (your customers) will look around for a company that advocates for them instead of playing with them.


  • The Tug-of-War.

    When you specify departments or individuals as customer advocates, you set up customer interaction as a tug-of-war. It tells the customer you want to contain what you offer them. The customers must tug and tug to get what they want.


  • The Last Resort.

    If your business leadership isn’t customer advocacy, the culture is “catch the customers just before they leave.” Yet, your retention efforts are late. By then, the customers are fed up and no longer trust you. They feel unappreciated. They have endured too much disdain, frustration, and pain to still care.



Business Leadership Customer Loyalty: Image is a saying.

Business Leadership for Customer Loyalty: Image by Lessons Learned in Life.




Business leadership without customer advocacy comes across as manipulative and greedy. It mistrusts customers in the fear they will drain profits. It isolates their requests to certain departments in response to this fear. This toxic vibe is not a customer retention strategy.





Long term success in business is achieved through and with the customers. Let your message to customers be: We exist because of you!


Have each and every customer saying, “This company makes life easy. They are reasonable and professional. They have great products and services at a fair price and I have no need to leave.”


Build a culture of customer advocacy. Empower every employee to be a customer advocate. Seek and destroy all silos, tugs-of-war, runarounds, and mistrust. That’s smart business leadership that creates customer loyalty.



What businesses have impressed you in this way? Give them a shout-out here!



From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

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Ersatz Empowerment: Customers See Through to the Truth About Your Brand


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Ersatz Empowerment: True Cost to Customer Experience. Image by Wonderlane via Flickr.

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Study after study shows that employee empowerment is essential for superior customer experience.  Complex layers of approvals and silos of solution teams create more than delays. They create breeches of customer trust.

Yet despite the research, leaders still engage in ersatz empowerment that falls short of what’s needed to create superior customer experience.

Ersatz empowerment includes:

  • Telling employees they are empowered yet not tooling them with information or technology to act empowered.  What does the customer actually experience? Holes and gaps and a vacuum of trust.  This lip service to empowerment is not half-way empowerment. It’s ersatz empowerment. It’s zero empowerment. It’s fake and customers can see through it.

  • Onboarding employees with procedures without orientation about the organization’s customer service culture.  Procedures alone do not empower and they don’t create superior customer service experience. Big picture awareness, knowledge of existing customers, and understanding how and when exceptions are made empowers employees to deliver superior customer experience.

  • Leaving silos in place that make front line empowerment impossible.  It takes cross teambuilding to break down silos. Front liners can’t do it alone. Without leaders changing the culture, you have ersatz empowerment at the front line that fills the customer with mistrust about your brand.

  • Believing that customer service skills are inborn.  They aren’t in most people. Customer service training is a vital mechanism for empowerment.  It empowers the employee with professional skills to step outside of their own perspective and into the customers’ mindsets. It gives them essential ways to build a thick skin and a warm heart for difficult moments.  It reduces the number of times they must escalate incidents to management.  This is true empowerment.These are trust building moments with customers and they make or break superior customer experience.




So what’s the true cost of ersatz empowerment to customer experience?



It’s more than just delays to resolving customer issues.  It’s more than just customer frustration.

The true cost of ersatz empowerment is loss of customer trust.  Customers translate all of the holes, gaps, delays, and frustration to one powerful feeling:

You don’t care therefore I don’t trust you.


This is a very avoidable catastrophe.  Create a culture of customer service excellence with truly empowered employees.  Give them training, tools, big picture awareness, knowledge of customers, and collaborative engagement. 


Replace fake ersatz empowerment with a trust building organization that will outstrip the competition and sustain itself for decades to come.


I’m here to help you! Let’s talk soon about the steps to empowering your customer service and customer experience teams.


From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™


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Customer Experience Vibe: Do Customers See You as Generous or Greedy?

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Customer Experience Vibe: Generous or Greedy? Image by SalFalco via Flickr.

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Everyone knows companies are in business to make money. Yet if customers feel that is the customer experience vibe of your company, you lose. Customers can sense greed and it repulses them. 

But there is good news!



Customer Experience Vibe: Generous Not Greedy

Generosity is a giving attitude. It’s a focus on others’ needs — in this case those of the customers. A generous customer experience vibe says to customers, it’s “non-stop you” — to borrow a tagline from Lufthansa Airlines.

Generosity doesn’t mean giving away the profits. It doesn’t require deep discounts. There is significant research to show that people will actually pay more for a product or service, when the customer experience is great.


Create a generous customer experience vibe. It’s irresistible!

  • Great listening feels generous. Telling feels greedy as it seizes control of the moment. Great listening invites others’ thoughts. It is the generosity of an open-mind. It is a magnetic customer experience vibe that draws people back to you. Listen generously.

  • Flexibility feels generous. Rigidity feels greedy. One of the classic customer service training videos, Give ‘em a Pickle, tells the story of entrepreneur and restaurant owner Bob Farrell who realized that giving an extra pickle could secure customer loyalty. Just one extra pickle when the customer requested it created a generous customer experience vibe. Find ways to be flexible with customers!

  • Clarity feels generous. Smoke screens feel greedy. It gives information that feeds decisions and resolves problems. This builds trust and brings customers back. Conversely, fast talking sales reps like some car dealers I recently met, seem greedy as they withhold information and create confusion. Telephone menus (VRUs) that spin people around trying to guess the right option, seem like greedy robots that suck up customers’ time while lowering companies’ costs. Be generous. Be clear!

  • Win/win collaboration feels generous. Win/lose feels greedy. When you create the customer experience vibe of “we win when you win”, customers come back for more. When customers feel a power struggle between them and you, they move on.

  • Giving words feel generous; selling words feel greedy.

    I’ll never forget the day I purchased some cosmetics in a large well known beauty store. The sales rep was helpful and I bought what I went in for and two more items. Then the manager said to the sales rep, “nice up-selling.” This remark turned it from a positive customer experience vibe to a feeling of greedy manipulation. I never went back. Customers don’t like to be sold; but they love to buy. ~Jeffrey Gitomer


  • Respecting customers’ preferences feels generous; being handled feels greedy.

    I had an appointment with my dental hygienist and dentist for a regular cleaning and checkup. When I showed up, the hygienist led me inside, sat me in the chair, and then told me that my dentist wasn’t there that day. I could have the other dentist give me a checkup or skip it. How greedy! They decided what my options were to favor their hygienist’s schedule. They should have called me to let me know my dentist wouldn’t be there and ask me if I would like to reschedule or come at least for the cleaning. Professional service is about serving people not manipulating customers to secure revenue.






As a customer, what generous or greedy customer experience have you had?



From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

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Service Recovery, Goes Far Beyond Problem Solving!


Customers hope for no problems. Yet problems arise. Nothing is perfect. When they do, customer service recovery is the hot landing zone for success.


To meet customers’ expectations in that zone, we must know what customer service recovery is and build a culture including everyone — not just the front line. Some leaders define service recovery as “resolve the problem”. They apply great resources to it. They are stunned when customers leave despite the problem resolution. They wonder what customer expectations they missed.


Customer Service Recovery: Image are lights of airplane landing.

Customer Service Recovery Landing Zone for Success. Image by: Echo9er

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Service Recovery Requires Far More Than Problem Solving

Here’s what these leaders missed in defining and delivering service recovery. In addition to solving the problem, we must …

  1. Illustrate Commitment.

    When customers experience trouble, our every move has to show total commitment to them. Ask yourself: What are we committed to? Standard procedures and processes? Organizational structure? Or the customers’ success?

    Good sense service recovery: Show commitment to the customers. Give them attention and make it easy for them! In the hot zone, replace routine everyday procedures with full focus on the customers as well as their problems. All the problem solving behind the scenes won’t rebuild trust if we ignore the customers and inflict more pain along the way.


  2. Work With Credibility.

    Leaders, credibility hinges on ownership and empowerment. Committed empowered team members with customer service people skills can deliver excellent service recovery. Non-empowered team members will fall short. Why?

    Because they can’t convince customers that the organization is owning the problem. They will always seem like smiling gatekeepers not capable customer advocates. During service recovery, this inflames the situation. Customers believe no one cares and nobody is doing anything. They leave with frustration and bad memories.

    Good sense service recovery: Empower team members with information. Give them permission to work across departments for credible service recovery. Else customers believe we care more about our company’s structure than we do them. Why should they return and be loyal?


  3. Collaborate and Team Up.

    If your business is comprised of structured silos, collaboration and teamwork can be the weak spot in service recovery. You can’t just give permission to an employee to work with another team. The other teams must welcome it and collaborate too.

    Good sense service recovery: If the top leader has asked you to lead service recovery improvements for the organization, engage your management and leadership peers. Work together to identify all teamwork obstacles to service recovery. Their teams must all deliver service recovery. These leaders and managers must help craft it.

    If your peers resist, it can be a sign that your organization’s commitment to service recovery is painfully weak. Rigid managers who protect their domain are placing internal politics ahead of customer well-being and the company’s success.


  4. Communicate Throughout the Process.

    Lack of information and sparse communication kill service recovery. Think of the pain it inflicts on customers. They can’t move on to achieve their goals. They feel helpless, incapable, and even panicky and desperate. It puts them on hold completely. Many think that not knowing is the worst. They see it as the height of selfish uncaring behavior.

    Good sense service recovery: There is no excuse for lack of communication. Keep customers informed throughout the process to show them you are owning the problem and working on it. If you have a resolution plan in place to solve some of the bigger problems, communicate it. Solving the problem is not enough.


  5. Show We Care.

    How we communicate makes all the difference. Our words and tone of voice either speak our commitment or show we don’t care.

    Good sense service recovery: Provide customer service people skills training. It turns everyday communication into professional service recovery skill. Deliver it to all teams not just the front line. How teams speak to each other affects the total effort and the service results. It is the difference between a customer centric culture and a non-empowered front line.





Important Questions from Leaders

In the 25 years I have been consulting and training on service recovery, leaders most often ask:

  • Must we do years of work to establish the customer centric culture before we train our teams on service recovery people skills? Answer: You can do it simultaneously. Caring communication is so important that the sooner you do it, the less pain you inflict on customers. The training also helps to create the customer centric culture although training alone can’t do it.

  • How do we explain to non-customer facing teams the value of service recovery skills training? Stress that how we think drives our behavior. Service recovery people skills training focuses on mindset, teamwork, and how to communicate with each other — not just with customers.

  • How can we ensure team members use what they learn? In the training, use customer situations that actually occur in your company. Engage the team members in the training; don’t just lecture and tell. Model the behavior yourselves. Lastly, ask the team to come up with ways to keep the learning alive. Will they make reminder cards? Will they start each day with one tip from the training? Will they share lessons learned each day? There are many ways. Let them wow themselves, you, and of course the customers!


What service recovery questions do you have or tips would you like to share?



We can make service recovery great and easy!



From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

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Super Customer Experience: The Warm Quick Wins

Customer experience professionals study the complex structures, channels, and data to improve customer experience.  Important work to be sure.  

My work in super customer experience brings the research to life in everyday ways.  Despite how customers differ, there are no cost improvements you can make right now to deliver super customer experience to everyone!



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Super Customer Experience: Immediate No Cost Improvements Image licensed from Istock.com.


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Super Customer Experience: 5 Immediate No Cost Improvements

Whether you are a global corporation, a hot new start-up, an infrastructure service group, a mid-size enterprise or a small business, customer experience happens in a moment and you can ensure those moments are easy and memorable!

  1. Speak clearly! Yes this simple no cost step reduces stress, inspires attention, and builds loyalty bonds. Whether it’s the words you use, the tone of voice, the web site verbiage, the written chat exchanges, or the quality of the phone line, it delivers super customer experience! If the customer ends up thinking or saying, huh … what, it’s time to revamp how you communicate. Get rid of jargon. Think customer not procedures.

  2. Think one! One customer at a time. One company delivering super customer experience. How? Empower all who interface with the customers to think and act as the one representative of the company. Finally, forever, get rid of silos! Silos can be organizational structure or even individuals who don’t talk to each other. Either way, seamless teamwork is a no cost fix that delivers super customer experience.

  3. Be complete! Half-truths, incomplete explanations, different answers from different employees, all of this undermines super customer experience. It breeds customer mistrust and disrespect. It delays the WOW. It is frustrating and negatively memorable. For no cost, you can deliver super customer experience by being complete when speaking with the customer.

  4. Think easy and even fun! Look at every aspect of customer interaction and ask, is it easy and fun for the customer? The places where it isn’t, you have most likely reverted to an internal focus, a procedural prominence, or manipulation to get them to buy more. For no cost, you can convert all this to super customer experience!


  5. Love the customers or leave the business. Hire employees who really like being in service to others. They exist. They sustain the customers, each other, morale, and the business! All the other applicants who see customer service purely as a stepping stone to a career will never deliver super customer experience. Why hire them?

    Example: I recently heard a discussion at the next table in a Panera Bread. The young woman told her mentor, “I’m a people person. Yet all I did in the customer service department was listen to angry people complain. I want to work with nice people!” She’s not really a people person. She wants people to serve her needs. So beware of the phrase “I’m a people person” in interviews. Find out if they want to be in service to others! They will deliver super customer experience.



Immediate no cost improvements for super customer experience make a difference. They are the actions that communicate your mission of customer care. They tell the customers: We want you and we want you back!

Never ever underestimate the value of making life easy and even fun for the customer to get them back. When the product or service you sell hits the mark and the interaction to get it and use it is easy, customers have no need to look elsewhere.

Would you like to add 5 more no cost improvements to this list? Let’s hear your experience!!


From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™

Related posts:
Super Customer Experience: Remove the Never Ever Rules
Customer Service: 21 Tips to Make It Easy for Customers
Super Customer Experience: Customers Feelings Aren’t Random!

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Customer experience leaders — customer experience even in large volume is about the ultimate positive moment for each customer. Even in the face of high volume delivery challenges, super customer experience is about individual customer satisfaction and success.

When you believe and act as if customer experience is mostly about the collective picture, the individual customers become nameless and faceless. The customers feel like they’re in a cattle call — to borrow an expression from the theatre world!


Customer experience leaders: Image is cattle call audition

Customer Experience Leaders: Are You Leading Cattle Call? Image by: itselea

Image of cattle call audition by itselea via Flickr Creative Commons License.

Customer Experience Leaders: Are You Leading a Cattle Call?

Here are true customer stories of the cattle call effect and an easy fix for each!




From Nameless to Human

When Alex received her flood insurance renewal notice, it arrived with a confusing letter about rate increases. She called for clarification, gave her name and how long she had been a customer. The insurance rep replied: “Ma’am there have been rate increases ….and so ma’am there’s nothing we can do.”

Alex replied, “I mentioned my name is Alex. I’ve been your customer for 15 years. Will you please use my name and treat me as your customer? And by the way I am not debating the rate increase I am just asking for clarification.”

Cattle call effect: High.

Customer experience score: Low.

Easy Fix: Address customers by name!




From Narcissism to Customer Focus

When the mortgage company holding Pat’s mortgage was bought out by a larger one, Pat received notice of the change. A mortgage payment was coming due and he had a question about where to send the payment. When Pat called, the rep repeatedly mentioned paying online or using a credit card over the phone.

Pat mentioned that he prefers to pay by check and just needs the address. The rep again mentioned online payment or credit card. Pat became annoyed and said: “I pay my own way — by check. Do you have an option to receive payment by check? Else I will move my mortgage even if it means refinancing through another company.” Rep then gave Pat the address to pay by check.

In this example, the mortgage company wanted Pat to do what was good for them not him.

Cattle call effect: High.

Customer experience score: Low.

Easy Fix: If you have different payment options, offer them for the customer’s choice and satisfaction. Company narcissism is not a success strategy for customer experience!




From Input to Output

Every year Sally goes to the same mammography center for her yearly mammogram. She is an educated health care consumer and always keeps copies of her test results for her records. She returned for her yearly mammogram and once again asked for copies of her films. The technician replied: “We’ve gone digital and everything is stored on the system now.”

Sally replied: “I would like copies for my records. Is it possible?” The technician replied, “Yes it’s possible but why would you want that? We store them on the system. Are you going to a breast specialist ….blah blah blah.”

Annoyed, Sally replied again: “I like to keep copies for my records. When can I have the films?” The technician finally told her that they would prepare them and call her w/i one week for pickup.

Cattle call effect: High.

Customer experience score: Low.

Easy Fix: Listen to the customer’s request and respond from there. In this case the technician was thinking not from the customer input but from their standard process. Better to go from customer input to output than from standard process to a cattle call response.




Large organizations do not have to deliver impersonal cattle call customer experience. Brands have proven for years that they can win the hearts and loyalty of their customers when they focus on the customers.

Customer Experience Leaders: Image is little cattle figures lined up.

Customer Experience Leaders: Don’t Lead a Cattle Call! Image by:Arse_shoots.


Customer Experience; Image are smiley faces w/ one different color.

Customer Experience: Each Customer Is Unique! Image by:SeanbJack



Go from cattle call to WOW

with individual care and people skills in every aspect of the customer experience.





Image of cattle call by Arse_Shoots via Flickr Creative Commons License.



From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™

Other helpful customer experience posts:
Super Customer Experience: Like a Shiny New Car!
Customer Experience: Loyalty Through Narcissism?
Customer Experience: People Skills for Profitable Connection

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Super customer service has little room for regret. What we say to customers and how we say it leave lasting impressions. We can wound them with scars that last forever or we can use caring people skills to avoid laying an egg.

Super Customer Service People Skills: Image is Blue Egg w/ Letter R

Super Customer Service People Skills: Reverse Regret

Image licensed from Istock.com

In tough moments with customers, how can we speak with great people skills instead of later regretting and hoping for that elusive second chance?

Super Customer Service People Skills: Image is Book Cover

People Skills: The Things You Would Have Said Image of Book by Jackie Hooper

We can take a lesson from everyday life!

Author Jackie Hooper has written a wonderful book, The Things You Would Have Said, compiling letters from people who regret having said bad things or regret not having said caring words.


As I watched the feature on the book on CBS Sunday Morning and heard people reading the words of regret for what they said or hadn’t said, I immediately thought how we could use this lesson for super customer service.


Responding with care instead of defensively reacting is much easier IF we are thinking about the after effects. Ask yourself what you wish you’d said to a customer before you lost them — just as Jackie asked people to do for those they treated poorly.


Instead of regretting, envision what you would write in an “I wish I’d said” letter of regret and say that instead of the defensive snips. Super customer service requires people skills that deliver care even in the toughest moments!

  • Super Customer Service People Skills – No Regret!
    • Find empathy by imagining regret.

      The stress relief you feel by snapping at a customer is short lived. It is quickly followed by regret and feeling for the customer as they receive your outburst. Reverse the regret process and feel the empathy from the beginning. If you feel stuck, adapt don’t attack.


    • Imagine the caring you not the ego-controlled you.

      Many regrets are born of the need to be right, the need to be better than, the need to be selfish. In other words, regrets are born of the ego.

      Imagine yourself being great in service not needing to be right. Imagine yourself sharing control not having control.

      Those who deliver super customer service, revel in helping others to succeed and thus they succeed. Their desire to care overrides their ego. They are humble enough to learn from the customer and don’t feel humiliated by the customer. They don’t say things to customers that they will regret for they envision receiving that very same care.


    • Prevent regret.

      Treat customers well the first time else there may not be a second time. Defensive thoughts and communication lead to regret. Stay open. Show empathy. Explore the customer’s view. Empathy doesn’t mean you agree. It means you matter, we matter, this matters! Through empathy you find how to wow each customer with care.




    The old saying, the customer’s always right, has led some to rebel and claim it isn’t true. From there, they justify confronting the customer and saying things to prove the customer wrong.


    The debate about that adage is out-of-date and quite worthless. What we all need to remember is that we may not get a second chance from customers we’ve treated badly. Think about it: Why would anyone pay money to be treated with impatience, rudeness and disrespect?


    Empathize, explore, and stay open to customers’ views. Live no regret about customers for there may be no chance to write that letter and get them back.


    From my professional experience to your success,
    Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™

    Other Super Customer Service Posts:
    Super Customer Service: Use Great People Skills to Deliver vs Defend
    Customer Service Defined to Be Unforgettable
    Super Customer Service: Be a Buoy
    Customer Service People Skills Create Profitable Connection!

    ©2013 Kate Nasser, CAS, Inc. Somerville, NJ. I appreciate your sharing the link to this post on your social streams. However, if you want to re-post or republish the content of this post, please email info@katenasser.com. Thank you for respecting intellectual capital.


    Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™, delivers coaching, consulting, training, and keynotes on leading change, employee engagement, teamwork, and delivering the ultimate customer service. She turns interaction obstacles into interpersonal success. See this site for workshop outlines, keynote footage, and customer results.

    Super Customer Experience: Honor the Customer


    Super Customer Experience: Image is Chrysler 300M.

    Super Customer Experience: Like a Shiny New Car Image by:J-Rod85


    Image by: J-Rod85 via Flickr Creative Commons License.

    Businesses that deliver a super customer experience, do so with actions that honor the customer as a person.  As a business owner or leader, if you think of what you consider to be a super customer experience — you will find that it honors you.

    Here’s a true super customer experience story from Twitter connection Jeff Allen, @bjaj1:



    The year was 1999 and I was rewarding myself for two good years of sales performance with a new car — a Chrysler 300M – their newest model. I purchased from a well respected local dealership – Hayes Chrysler in Larenceville, GA.  After the purchase I started having new car model issues with several annoying trips to service.  The dealership was responsive and persistent in resolving the issues.  Ultimately a computer upgrade in that model eliminated all the issues!

    I took it in for a routine maintenance 3 months later, I mentioned to them that something didn’t seem right with the paint job. It looked cloudy not crisp and clean like the showroom model.  He connected me directly with the factory rep who looked at the car and said yes indeed there was a problem.

    He offered 3 options: A free bumper to bumper 100K warranty or a new paint job. I told the rep I wasn’t interested in the warranty and was impressed with the offer of a paint job yet wanted to hear the 3rd option.  The rep said … or a trade in. 

    I told him I didn’t want to take a hit on 3 month old car with 13K miles.  The rep quickly said … you won’t take a hit.  There’s no  cost.  A new car for the one with the defective paint job! I said it’s a deal, shook his hand, and thanked him for taking such good are of a me.



    Super Customer Experience: Honor the Customer …

    • With trust.

      The rep acted with trust that the customer was reporting the truth. He didn’t suggest that the customer had done something to make the paint job cloudy.

    • With integrity by owning the problem.

      When customers buy a shiny new car like the one in the showroom, deliver that — not a repainted one. It honors the trust the customers gave when they bought a shiny new car from you. It also says to the customer: You deserve the reward you were giving yourself — a shiny new car. Now for 14 years he has felt that Chrysler also honored and rewarded him. He has told this story to everyone and now I tell it to you.

    • With ease.

      When a customer is disappointed for any reason, make it easy for them to voice their views and easy for them to get and be happy with a remedy.


    When business leaders of non-luxury products and services hear these true stories, they often think it applies only to high end markets. Not true.

    All customers expect to receive the same quality as they were shown and sold. Chrysler didn’t upgrade Jeff to a more expensive model. They simply lived up to what he was shown and sold. No excuses, no mistrust, no tap dance of conditions.

    Super customer experience is not complicated when core beliefs of trusting and honoring the customer emerge consistently with authenticity and ease. Ask your teams, how do we honor the customer and how can we do it better? And watch the super customer experiences happen before the customers’ eyes!


    What super customer experience story will you share with us to continue the learning?


    From my professional experience to your success,
    Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™

    Related Posts:
    Customer Service Defined to Be Unforgettable
    Customer Experience: People Skills Create Profitable Experience

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    Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™, delivers coaching, consulting, training, and keynotes on leading change, employee engagement, teamwork, and delivering the ultimate customer service. She turns interaction obstacles into interpersonal success. See this site for workshop outlines, keynote footage, and customer results.

    Customer experience: What comes to mind when you hear that phrase? What about your customers? When they hear the phrase, customer experience, what do they picture?

    What do they imagine you doing when delivering super customer experience to them? Is their image the same as yours?

    Have you asked them? Do you truly value the customer perspective or just value their money? Tough words, I know. It’s not a criticism.

    It is an experienced-based heartfelt reminder that

    company narcissism doesn’t breed customer loyalty.




    Customer Experience: Image is Box w/ News Flash

    Customer Experience: Loyalty Through Narcissism? Image by: Peter-Ashley


    Customer Experience: Win Loyalty Through Narcissism

    Would you believe this if it were a news headline?

    Or would you sooner give your trust and loyalty to a company who asks you what is important in customer
    experience rather than designing it from their perspective?





    In a recent customer experience CX 404 podcast with Andrew Maher, he described this situation:

    One of his customers, a large financial institution, has a big customer experience center to which they never bring customers. They use it for designing and testing the customer experience. They also have a double digit negative Net Promoter Score (NPS) and are pleased that theirs is higher than all their competitors.

    It sounds as if they believe it’s impossible to wow the customer. This is a very limiting belief. It drives companies to give up reaching out and simply live in the comfort of their own views. They then make this limiting belief come true.


    Don’t get trapped. You can wow the customers when you involve them and think from their perspective.

    • Think we not us vs. them.

      Search every aspect of your business to see where us vs. them has created narcissism. For example, are you living the popular yet misguided mantra “employees first, customers second”? There is no need for ordinal thinking here. Replace it with: “We the entire company serve the customer! Inspire with it. Lead with it. Live it.


    • Realize that digital is a people connector.

      Search every aspect of your online interaction with customers from your website portal, to online account statements, and social media. Does your digital design and interaction reflect the customer perspective or mostly your company perspective?


    • Customers’ views are not that random.

      The views are different from yours because they aren’t you yet they are solid not fickle.


    • Seek and destroy the silo effect.

      Internal silos foster narcissism. Large organizations have many departments. When those departments live as silos and work within themselves, it creates narcissism. Many companies are breaking these silos through the chief customer officer (CCO) function. It’s a great start. Yet it can fail if the culture doesn’t support it. Seek and destroy the silo effect!


    Grateful for above featured image by Peter-Ashley via Flickr Creative Commons License.


    The trap of narcissism isn’t a new customer experience problem. Computer applications’ design often skipped user input. It caused major trouble, plenty of expensive redesigns, and lots of mutinies. It undermined respect and loyalty to the IT departments and left an unfortunate legacy that affects many IT organizations to this day.


    Conquer the narcissistic urge with the belief that you can and will succeed with the customer — not just with their money.

    Regardless of the size of your organization, you can wow ‘em and win their loyalty. Think of them. Involve them. Deliver from their perspective and they will come — and come back.


    From my professional experience to your success,
    Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

    Related Posts:
    15 Essential Beliefs to Deliver a Super Customer Experience
    Leaders, Are Your Customer Service Limits Actually Roadblocks?
    Leaders, THE Threat to Super Customer Experience

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    What does every customer want?  Most customer service professionals reply “help”.   I say customers want a buoy!  In fact, customers want us to be their buoy.

    Customers are trying to survive and thrive. They reach out to us especially when they are in trouble. They don’t want help. They want to float to greatness. Will you be their buoy?

    Image by: Mike Baird via Flickr Creative Commons License.

    Customer Service: Be the Customer's Buoy Image is a buoy.

    Customer Service: Be the Customer’s Buoy Image by: MikeBaird



    Customer Service: Be the Customer’s Buoy!


    What does a buoy do?

    • Keeps others floating high!
    • Confidently stays afloat even in the toughest seas.
    • Willingly takes the waves and rocks back up.
    • Beams guidance in tight spots.
    • Is always there and ready.

     

    How can you be the customer’s buoy every day?

    • Begin each day with an inventory of your talents and attributes.  To be a constant customer service buoy, you must believe in yourself.  Confidence, not arrogance, sustains others.  Make a list of every great customer service attribute you have. Read it at the beginning of your shift, on your breaks, and at the end of your shift. This reminds us just how important our behavior is to customers.

    • Start work over with each interaction. Life is full of stress that can rock you off your inspiration.  To counter this, take a very slight pause before you start giving customer service. It puts outside stress – outside — where it belongs.  You can’t be the customer’s buoy if you are thinking of your own problems.  Surprising benefit: Buoying others buoys your spirits too!

    • Adapt to each personality. Whether the customer is a driver, an analytic, an expressive, or an amiable type, adapting to their style keeps you all afloat.  This flexibility allows you to rock with the waves instead toppling over.  Make life easy for the customer by touching the heart of who they are. They will have no need to pull you under. You are their customer service buoy! Their satisfaction and loyalty soars. You strengthen your ability to adapt and thrive.

    • Connect, connect, connect. To be a buoy you must be connected to others. Without connection, you aren’t a buoy.  Connect to them by listening from their perspective.  Connect into their true need instead of focusing mostly on the procedure. Buoy them with your knowledge and care.  You won’t have the answer to everything. You can show them you care enough to find the answers. This makes you an incredible customer buoy!

    • Give your ego a relaxing vacation. Do you think this contradicts the first suggestion about confidence?  It doesn’t.  Confidence comes from constant learning not from the egotistical desire to be right.  Be confident in your knowledge and humble in giving it.  Be humble enough to learn what the customer teaches you about their world and confident to use it for them. Your confident humility buoys customers. When your ego takes a relaxing vacation, your heart can beat more effectively for the customer.

    • Celebrate your buoyancy. Do a virtual happy dance at the end of each interaction.  We learn and repeat what we celebrate. Celebrate individually and as a team. Instead of griping about tough situations with customers, heave a big smile of pride for being a customer buoy in rough seas. Your buoyancy will sustain yourselves and the customers.


    Leaders, What Must You Do?

    Simply put, give daily doses of customer service inspiration.   Customer service leaders who spend more time inspiring realize far greater success than those who focus mostly on the details.  Leaders, here are special be a buoy leadership tips for you.

    If you have questions about these tips, I am your customer service leadership buoy! See you on the high seas to share the big waves, keep you floating high, and celebrate your buoyancy and success.



    From my professional experience to your success,
    Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™

    Related Post:
    15 Essential Customer Service Beliefs for Super Customer Experience
    People Skills Create Profitable Customer Service Connections

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    Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™, delivers coaching, consulting, training, and keynotes on leading change, employee engagement, teamwork, and delivering the ultimate customer service. She turns interaction obstacles into interpersonal success. See this site for workshop outlines, keynote footage, and customer results.

    Customer service excellence is feed by essential beliefs that we live and breathe everyday. When Desk.com invited me to write a post on excellence in customer service and sales, I jumped at the chance because actions follow beliefs.

    Customer service excellence: Image is mind thinking.

    Customer Service Excellence: 15 Essential Beliefs. Image from Istock.com.

    Our beliefs shape every experience a customer has with us — face-to-face, on the phone, in chat, and even through our websites!

    I know this post will help you, your teams, and most importantly your customers.

    Essential Beliefs for Excellence in Customer Service & Sales

    Here’s two of the beliefs.

    • Customers cannot observe our intentions.
    • A customer’s trust is an invitation for a human bond.

    Read more > 15 essential beliefs to deliver superior customer service and sales experience.


    And of course add your essential customer service beliefs to this list of fifteen!


    From my professional experience to your success,
    Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™

    Image licensed from Istock.com.

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    Customer service people skills are a gold mine of success.  Why?

    Customer service people skills connect at the depths of human need.  Everyone loves to feel respected, honored, and valued! Think about you as a customer. Isn’t this true?

    How deep do you and your teams go with customers?


    Do your customer service people skills create profitable connection?


    Beyond the standard mindset of caring for customers’ tangible needs, lies a gold mine of profitable connection through people skills. Let’s explore!!


    Customer service people skills: word images - champion

    Customer Service People Skills Image by: Sweet Dreamz Design



    A champion feels — elevated, accomplished, and elated. Interact with customers to make them feel like champions!
      Greet them with heartfelt enthusiasm. It elevates!
      Understand their goal line beyond the request. Help them accomplish it.
      Elate them with care and action don’t deflate them with procedural details.

    Customer service people skills: Image is Hero

    Customer Service People Skills Image by: Sweet Dreamz Design






    Heroes are beloved and honored for their courage and action. Honor customers as our heroes!
      Customers courageously overcome fears and doubts and choose us.
      Customers’ actions (choices & purchases) keep us alive.
      Customers put their name on the line and refer their network to us.
      Customers courageously give us feedback to make us more successful.
      Customers give us the gift of their personal trust.
      Customers expand our horizons through theirs.
      Our customer service people skills must treat them like our heroes!





    Customer service people skills; Image is Respect.

    Customer Service People Skills Image by: Sweet Dreamz Design




    Customers want and are worthy of our respect!
      Let our customer service people skills show them respect as individuals vs. treating them like a transaction number.
      Let’s empathize with their struggle vs. labeling them as difficult.
      Let’s start by trusting them vs. guarding with mistrust.
      Let’s respect them by connecting in their channel vs. making them come to us.
      Let us make their day easier vs. adding to their burden.



    Customer service people skills honor the customers for who they are. When we adapt to their personality styles, we respect them as individuals and create profitable connections. When we give them a little extra for no extra money, our gratitude and respect elevate them.

    For years we have lived with the motto, people do business with those they know, like and trust.

    The deeper truth is: People do business with those who respect, honor, and value them! Customer service people skills based on emotional and social intelligence are the pathway to profitable connections.


    From my professional experience to your success,
    Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™

    Gratitude for featured images to: Sweet Dreamz Design via Creative Commons License.

    ©2013 Kate Nasser, CAS, Inc. Somerville, NJ. I appreciate your sharing the link to this post on your social streams. However, if you want to re-post or republish the content of this post, please email info@katenasser.com. Thank you for respecting intellectual capital.


    Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™, delivers coaching, consulting, training, and keynotes on leading change, employee engagement, teamwork, and delivering the ultimate customer service. She turns interaction obstacles into interpersonal success. See this site for workshop outlines, keynote footage, and customer results.

    Customer experience loyalty is born of satisfying customers especially during intense need. When customers are on the move, their needs are peaking. Businesses who meet those needs — in the moment and on the move — win their loyalty.

    Whether the customer is a growing company on the move or individuals physically on the move, those who make their journey easy and successful win customer experience loyalty.

    Business Leaders: Win Customer Experience Loyalty on the Move!

    Person helping another up out of a hole to represent win customer experience loyalty on the move.

    Business Leaders: Win Customer Experience Loyalty on the Move! Image: Istock.

    4 Reasons We Win Customer Experience Loyalty on the Move

    • Feeling of Need.

      When people are on the move, everything around them is on the move. The unknown is greater than the known. Products and services that turn unknown into known, relieve stress, deliver comfort, and win customer loyalty.

      Whether it’s one of many mobile apps that deliver instant answers or consulting services that move everyone past the roadblocks to success, meeting intense need on the move wins customer experience loyalty!

    • Desire for Freedom from the Ordinary.

      Although being on the move can be scary, it is simultaneously freeing and exciting. Customers value products and services that move them past the dreary and mundane.

      They are loyal to what uplifts and carries them forward when they want to move from feeling ordinary to living the extraordinary!

    • Image of Value and Readiness.

      In a competitive business world, on-the-move information and solutions do more than solve problems. They make the businesses who deliver the information and solutions on the move seem ultra valuable and worthy of loyalty.

      Products and services that give businesses this readiness win loyalty by enabling them to win their customers’ loyalty. Social media’s success is partly driven by this momentum. It facilitates more connections to resources, experts, and answers enabling more success — on the move!

    • Need for Loyal Servants.

      When we are on the move with our customers, we show them our loyalty. As the saying goes, “we have their back”.

      Our products and services are customers’ loyal servants — that build their loyalty to our businesses. This takes relationships with our customers from brief to bonded and from transactional to transformational.



    Movement creates risk and the intense need to handle it. Whoever meets that intense need builds intense trust — the precursor to customer experience loyalty. Businesses in trouble become loyal to those who move them out of trouble. Consumers become loyal to products and services that meet their personal and professional needs on the move.

    When we travel the customers’ journeys and meet their needs, they have no need to look elsewhere. When we are their loyal servants, we move their minds from “will they be there for us?” to “of course they will be there for us!”

    What journey is your customer on and how will you meet their intense need — on the move? I am here to help you create that loyalty with your customers.

    We will turn the risk of movement into the momentum of success!

    From my professional experience to your success,
    Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™

    Related Post:
    Super Customer Experience: Feelings Aren’t Random

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    Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™, delivers coaching, consulting, training, and keynotes on leading change, employee engagement, teamwork, and delivering the ultimate customer service. She turns interaction obstacles into interpersonal success. See this site for workshop outlines, keynote footage, and customer results.

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