4 Tips for Dealing With Angry Customers

Dealing with angry customers can be quite the handful. However, this is something that most businesses have to deal with from time to time. This is because not every person in the world is happy all of the time, and not every customer experience is one hundred percent positive.

So dealing with irate customers effectively is something that is a very good thing to learn. This is especially true if you are a retail sales person, or if you work in customer service. Here are some premium tips for dealing with angry customers.

1. Do not take it personally

This cannot be emphasized enough. Taking the comments of an irate customer personally can make you feel like you are the cause of the problem, or that your personality or character has made the person angry. Most likely, the person is just having a bad day. So, remember that even if someone gets angry while speaking to you, you’re still a great person!

2. Apologize

Oftentimes, a large part of a person’s anger can be instantly dissolved if you simply apologize. Even if the person is being ridiculous you can just say something like, “I’m sorry that this happened sir, we will try to quickly resolve this for you.” Apologizing like this can make the person feel like the situation is genuinely being remedied, which is a very good thing.

3. Avoid making hostile comments

You may be tempted to say something hostile or anger-filled yourself back to the person who is being a handful to you. However, if you do, you are not only likely to lose the customer permanently, but you may risk causing a scene at your business. This could cause other customers to feel extremely uncomfortable, which could also cause them not to return to your business. So, make sure you do not mirror the hostility of your customer, and that you remain professional.

4. Try to resolve the issue

Resolving the issue quickly and efficiently is extremely helpful for dealing with irate customers. For example, if a customer is complaining that the music is too loud in the store, then you can simply turn down the music. This can help you to fix the problem and send the customer on his or her way very quickly.

Dealing with customers who are upset, angry, or irate can be extremely challenging. This can be even more difficult if the person appears to be very strong and intimidating. However, if you follow this advice, then you can quickly work your way out of the situation more often than not!

Also, as a last resort, you can call your manager, or even the police, if things get really out of hand.

Karin Jakovljevic

About the author

Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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