Drop a Pebble…Chase the Ripples I am at a stage in my life, at 82 years, where it is difficult to remember what was “original” with me, or something I picked up from someone else. I used the phrase, “drop a pebble” way back when I started in my business and sales activities. The words…

Patrons who walk through the door of Edmonton’s Corso 32 are almost inevitably assured of impeccable home-style Italian fare created by owner/chef Daniel Costa and his team. But it’s what’s not on the menu that plays an equal role in the accolades heaped on the Jasper Avenue restaurant, which has won multiple awards since opening nearly six…

Many organizations and sales representatives lose valuable time due to the common interruptions and distractions that exist in today’s fast paced, information driven world. Have you identified the specific tasks and high priority items for each individual involved in a sales or customer service role? In some of the X5 sales and service training programs,…

To train or not to train, that is the question. Well, there are actually more questions to ask yourself. Can we afford to train our team now in the current economy?  Will our sales/revenue go up if we invest in a training program with our team? Will our Customer Service be positively impacted? Can our…

With our economy shifting gears in late 2014, we are still not certain on the outcome of moving forward. Those of us that sell a product or service are hoping that we can get through the remainder of 2015 with flying colors, but that story has yet to unfold.

The first Thursday of each month features a “best of” X5 Management blog. The intent is to showcase and revisit some of our blogs from the past. We hope you enjoy them! As you look to set and achieve big sales and revenue goals for 2015, one concern that may arise with your sales team…

We are all customers with many different businesses. Whether it is the dentist, dry cleaner, car dealership, fast-food restaurant or grocery store, we receive a product or service for our money. We expect many things in return, but what do we really want?

Most business owners have dealt with a frustrated or upset customer. How do your team members or customer service reps react during this critical moment of truth for your business?  A moment of truth is “anytime a customer comes in contact with your organization and thereby forms an impression of it.” (Jan Carlzon) These impressions…

As consumers, we are constantly buying something that we want or need. Some items are big like a house and some are small like a toothbrush. The product that we buy seems to relate to our expectations and patience with the sales process and of course with the level of service associated with the sale….

The first Thursday of each month features a “best of” X5 Management blog. The intent is to showcase and revisit some of our blogs from the past. We hope you enjoy them! Have you thought about your customer service strategy for the remainder of 2015 and beyond?  Perhaps this may include asking customers for more feedback…

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