Overcoming Language Barriers Over the Phone – WEBINAR


Offered on September 11 & 21

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NOTE:  The content of this webinar has been originally delivered to over 400 participants  sector-wide across Canada, within a  3-hour workshop time frame.   Approximate length is 1 hours and 30 minutes.

In this interactive,  practically-based webinar you will learn how to: · Tell if the caller has a genuine language barrier or merely a heavier accent. · Understand and decipher common distorted pronunciation and grammatical patterns with helpful tips and tricks. · Speak more clearly. · Read numbers and spell using an ESL alphabet. · Tell what tense the caller is speaking. · Guide the caller to obtaining vital information. · Calm distressed callers with three simple words. · Deal with common stressors including impolite and uncooperative callers. ·  Simplify industry terms using clear language .Past participants have included:  9-1-1 call takers,   receptionists, intake workers, crisis centre workers, program coordinators, salespeople and police officers.
This webinar includes an electronic job aid.

Learn more and register at https://www.diversityatworkcommunications.com/events/webinar-overcoming-language-barriers-on-the-phone

Great Customer Service Begins with Knowing How to Work with Language Barriers


coverEvelina Silveira, President, Diversity at Work

Customer service is about communication. A fruitful experience will result in both customer and agent satisfaction. Customer service training implies both the agent and the customer comprehend English, but that is not always the case.

According to Statistics Canada 2016, 2% of the Canadian population cannot speak English or French. The percentage is likely to soar, especially with recent news of mass migration and immigration proposed by the federal government.

Conditional on where you live, or the service you may provide, the percentage of people who lack English proficiency skills may be more substantial. Consider if you are a non-profit agency which delivers employment services to newcomers, or a store located in the heart of an ethnic community? All of these variations may result in a greater need for competencies in working with customer and clients who have language barriers.

While the encounter will be more challenging, it is not unmanageable. You can still provide courteous, attentive and results-oriented customer service. “Going-the-extra-mile” can contribute to customer loyalty; increased brand identification within a community; word-of-mouth advertising; but most of all, the satisfaction of providing them with what they want.

The various strategies and tips we will explore in this issue can be easily adapted to serving customers with learning and cognitive delays. Why? Patience, clear communication, and a willingness to “think-out-side-the-box” are requirements for reaching people with barriers.

In this issue of  Your Diverse Customer Training Ezine, you will learn how to communicate with people who have language barriers.

The contents of this issue include:

  • how to tell the difference between a strong accent and a language barrier
  • guide to reading letters and numbers over the telephone
  • common idioms to avoid
  • 8 Rules for Better Understanding
  • How to Make Your Communication Clearer
  • Case Study
  • Links to Training Resources

 

Purchase your Pdf version here:

Your Diverse Customer -Serving Customers With Language Barriers

$20.00

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