The Magic Question
By Shep Hyken, Customer Service and Experience Expert, Keynote Speaker and Bestselling Author
What I'm about to share with you is a simple question to ask your customers—and even your employees—that will help you meet, and even exceed their expectations. This question is about success, for both you and your customers.
When I was considering joining the Strategic Coach program, Dan asked, "If we were to get together three years from now, what would have to happen professionally and personally for you to feel this was a valuable investment of your time and money?"
Why was this question so great? It did two things. It forced me to think of myself in the program. When I answered, it told Dan what I considered to be my most important success criteria. Once he knew, he could play to that need and confirm that he could meet my expectations.
I thought about this question quite a bit and realized that it can be used for virtually any situation. While Dan was using it for sales, it could also be used for customer service. Imagine a customer calls with a complaint. You could apologize, acknowledge the customer's issue and ask a typical question such as, "What would make you happy?" Or you could ask the Magic Question, which is, "If we were to talk again in six months, what would have to happen for you to be happy with our product?"
When you ask it that way, the two things already mentioned happen. First, the customer thinks about themselves happily using the product or service. Second, they share their expectation—once you know what that is, you can confirm or adjust if necessary.
Think about different situations where you could ask the Magic Question. We've covered sales and service, but you can use this question almost anywhere. For example, your boss may want you to prepare a report. You could ask, "When this report is finished in a week, what would it need to have in it for you to be 100% happy with it?" You could be working with another employee or team and want to know what would make them happy. Asking the question in this manner is a powerful way to understand success and what it takes to make others happy.
So… if we were to get together a year from now, what would have to happen for you to feel that reading these Shepard Letter articles would be a valuable investment of your time?
Shep Hyken is a customer service expert, keynote speaker, and New York Times bestselling business author. For information, contact 314-692-2200 or www.hyken.com. For information on The Customer Focus™ customer service training programs, go to www.thecustomerfocus.com. Follow on Twitter: @Hyken
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Shep Hyken is a customer service expert, keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling business author. Follow on Twitter: @Hyken For information on The Customer Focus™ customer service training programs go to www.thecustomerfocus.comMore from Shep Hyken