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If You Apologize to Customers Sincerely, You Can Cut Formal Complaints (Nearly) in Half

November 30, 2020

  How did Robin Fentress, Director of Customer Support for Bluegrass Cellular, win a $25,000 award and cut formal complaints by 43%? By teaching her customer service team to show empathy and apologize sincerely, of course.  When Robin and I reconnected this year, I knew I wanted to interview her. We’d met at an ICMI […]


How to Write a Five-Star Response to a One-Star Rating or Poor Review

October 18, 2020

For years, we’ve been saying, “A complaint is a gift.” Well, if we’ve really meant it, we need to treat one-star ratings and low reviews as gifts, too. While we may fail to win over the most disappointed customers, we can demonstrate that we are listening, we are accountable, and we care.


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Why You Should Be (Business) Friends With Your Competitors

July 20, 2020

Since I started E-WRITE in 1996, I’ve focused on being business friends with my competitors instead of seeing them as a threat to my own success. This attitude has yielded so much good! Without these competitor-friends, I’d have fewer clients and prospects, and far less job satisfaction. I know how much good my competitors have done for me.



With Only Seven Words, You Can Help Someone Who’s Struggling

July 1, 2020

You do not need to know how to recognize a mental health condition to help someone with one. You don’t need to know that someone is low or depressed to create a connection that enables them to cope, and maybe even begin recover. All you need to do is create the opportunity to listen.