Surviving Customer Service: Skill & Career Enhancement
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Surviving Customer Service: Skill & Career Enhancement

The essential skills and mindset shifts you need to provide exceptional customer service and jumpstart your career.
4.8 (8 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,522 students enrolled
Created by Donovon Jenson
Last updated 4/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Find meaning in their work
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Communicate clearly to solve problems
  • Navigate the complexities of working in an office
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  • Students don't need to know anything, although some customer service experience may be helpful.

I have a few questions for you. Are you miserable at work every day? What are you getting out of your job? Have you seen promotion opportunities open for you? Do you have good relationships with coworkers? How often are you stressed out, even after you get home? Does feedback from your boss make you feel proud, or frustrated? I fully understand those frustrations, and, having been through all of them and more, I want to help. By sharing the principles I’ve learned in customer support roles, hopefully I can cut your learning curve and increase job satisfaction. 

This course roughly follows the book that I wrote with the same title: Surviving Customer Service. This course covers most of the same topics, more quickly. I wanted to share these customer service skills as quickly as possible and deliver the information in a comprehensive but digestible course.By implementing these ideas, all customer service representatives will understand how to provide exceptional customer service. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out, I'm happy to hear from you! 

Who is the target audience?
  • The target student is someone who works in customer service and wants to be happier or increase their skills.
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Curriculum For This Course
37 Lectures
Understanding The Course
2 Lectures 07:41

In this video I give a brief overview of my experience as well as who this course is for.

Preview 02:05

In this video we talk about the four pillars of delivering excellent customer service - Mindset, communication, knowledge, and business.

Preview 05:36
7 Lectures 31:12

Intentional Learning

In this video we talk about framing your mindset to be prepared for failure and how to take reasonable risks. 

Failure & Risk

In this video we cover how to proactively solve problems by addressing them before you have to and how that will benefit you.

Proactive Problem Solving

It can be difficult to know what impact your customer service job makes, in this video we talk about why it's important to do your best.

You Make A Difference

In this video we briefly cover a mindset technique for thinking about sales which has helped many customer service agents reframe their experience. 

Thinking About Sales

In this video we go over a few ideas for how to keep sane during the day to day tasks involved in customer service.

Daily Survival

Mindset Refresh
3 questions
Communication - I Care & Understand
3 Lectures 12:30

This video covers the importance of caring about customers and making sure you communicate that effectively. 

Show You Care

In this video we discuss the important of truly understanding a customer's needs before moving on to provide a solution.

Understanding Needs

There are many things you can pick up on from subtle interactions, this video is about reading cues to find more information. 

Reading Cues
Communication - Let's Get This Done
6 Lectures 19:37

The way you communicate with customers makes a big difference in the type of service they receive. This video is a short reminder to pay attention to how you're communicating with customers. 

Know Your Medium

In this video we cover how focusing on solutions is the best way to keep customer conversations moving forward and productive. 

Focus On Solutions

It's not our responsibility to make decisions for customers, in this video we talk about why providing options is the best choice. 

Provide Options

In this video we cover how resolving each customer concern saves you and them time in the future.

Resolve Every Concern

When customers come in they expect you to be the expert, here's how to own conversations.

Own The Conversation

Setting Realistic Expectations
Communication - The Difficult Ones
4 Lectures 16:05
Dealing With Mistakes

Customers come into the store thinking they're right, here we talk about how to deal with those issues.

Customers Think They’re Right

In this video we talk about the skills in being able to handle seriously difficult customers.

Dealing With Difficult Customers

In this video we discuss the concept of customer economic value, and how to understand when it's worth letting a customer go.

Customer Economic Value

Communication Refresh
3 questions
3 Lectures 09:21

Here we go over the most important pieces of knowledge you need when starting a new customer service role.

Knowledge Basics

Once you know the basics, it's time to become the person other people ask. This will fuel your customer service career and provide new opportunities.

Become The Person To Ask

This video is about how learning from customers can exponentially increase your value to the business and give you more opportunities to move up.

Learn from Customers

Knowledge Refresh
1 question
Business - Resilience & Growth
3 Lectures 08:40

While it may seem old-fashioned, showing your character is the best way to get additional opportunities in customer service roles.

Show Your Character

In this video we talk about why accepting and seeking feedback are so critical to your job satisfaction and growth.

Getting Feedback

Creating your own opportunities is the best way to get ahead in a business. Here's how you can start to work on that. 

Capitalize On Opportunities
Business - Working With People
3 Lectures 09:03

Here we discuss why it's so important to build relationships while you're at work.

Build Relationships

How others perceive you is important for how your career progresses. While you can't control it, you can definitely influence it.

Perception Matters

In this video we discuss the benefits of teaching your customer service skills to others in the organization. 

Teach Others
Business - Career Pathways
5 Lectures 15:44

This video is about why it's beneficial to create a career plan and map out your future.

Make A Career Plan

In this video we talk about a few pitfalls customer service agents run into when trying to get a promotion, and how to set yourself up in the best way to get promoted.

Preparing for Promotions

In this video we discuss the importance of being visible in your organization so you can get more opportunities and skills.

Be Visible

Some people like their current role in customer service, here's why you should still implement the majority of these ideas!

I Don’t Want a Promotion

Know how business, and your business specifically, work is critical to your understanding of opportunities. As you expand beyond customer service, you'll learn how business works as a whole. 

Understanding The Business

Business Refresh
4 questions
Concluding Thoughts
1 Lecture 02:01

A few final thoughts and other resources beyond customer service that you can check out.

BONUS: Concluding Thoughts
About the Instructor
Donovon Jenson
4.5 Average rating
112 Reviews
6,332 Students
6 Courses
Author, Entrepreneur, Poet, Rapper

Hey there! 

There are two main focuses to my work - The psychology of happiness and rap music. A little different, but that's what I know the most about! I'd love to have you join thousands of my other students. 

I studied psychology at the University of Utah and ever since then I've been interested in what creates happy, productive, friendly individuals. Over the last 6 years, I've cultivated an understanding of some of these principles and I'm happy to share them with you now. 

Want to find out more? Check out my site, How To Happy

"Best rap advice ever this helped me so much thank you" - Quote from an early student

I am also a rap and poetry coach that would love to help you take your lyricism and talents to the next level.

I have been rapping for over 10 years and teaching rap for 5 years. I've won several awards for both rap and poetry. For the last 4 years, I've been running a how to rap channel on Youtube that provides various tips and tricks for aspiring artists. 

 If there's ever anything I can do to help you, please let me know.