Helping Others Succeed To Improve Customer Service

I receive a lot of voice mail. Maybe you do, too. Some folks leave nice and clear messages that are easy to understand. Others seem to be in quite a hurry, especially when they leave their phone number.

When returning calls, I make a point of praising those who leave clear messages. And I encourage the others to speak a bit more slowly, cautioning that “hurried messages” are sometimes difficult to decipher. Rarely do “fast speakers” know about the problem. After all, who leaves themselves a message on the voice mail?

Fax machines provide another opportunity to help each other with customer service improvement. Have you ever received a fax with a dark vertical line running the length of the page? This is caused by specks of dirt stuck to the glass strip inside the sender’s fax machine. But the person who sends the fax never knows about the problem. They never see the lines. After all, whoever sends themselves a fax?

Whenever a fax with “long lines” shows up in our office, we make a point of contacting the sender, explaining how to open up the fax machine and quickly clean the glass.

It’s not really our business, but then again, maybe it is. We believe that customer service improvement is everyone’s concern. When businesses help each other, everyone wins.

Key Learning Point For Customer Service Improvement

All of us are partners with each other. If you help one person with customer service improvement, maybe I will get the benefit down the line. If I help another, one day you may reap the same reward.

Action Steps For Customer Service Improvement

Look for ways you can help others to improve their service, accomplish their objectives, or simply do a better job. Someday, the favor might be returned with a customer service improvement idea that helps your business.


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Copyright, Ron Kaufman. Used with permission. Ron Kaufman is the world’s leading educator and motivator for upgrading customer service and uplifting service culture. He is author of the bestselling “Uplifting Service” book and founder of Uplifting Service. To enjoy more customer service training and service culture articles, visit

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