Chapter 4: Clients and Customers
|alternative||feedback||on the go||see red|
|apologize||follow up||open posture||sensor|
|beyond your control||gift certificate||patrons||stock up on|
|creatures of habit||maintain||resurface|
Listen to the audio for Task 2. Pay attention to how the speaker groups words together. Mark any pauses you hear with a /.
Discuss the pauses you marked.
Practise reading along with the audio, pausing where the speaker pauses.
- Listen again to the audio for Listening 2. Listen to how Raja handles the complaint.
- Now read the script for Listening 2. Find the parts where Raja does the following and match each one with the correct letter.
a) Confirms that he has understood the situation
d) Requests customer input
e) Summarizes the customer’s concerns
f) Explains what the next steps are
g) Thanks the customer for the feedback and business
- Discuss your answers.
- Listen again to the audio and repeat after the speakers.
You are an employee at CDN Malls. A customer, Dan Jansen, is complaining to you about an overflowing garbage container in the food court. Complete the following dialogue and practise it with a classmate or instructor. Remember to sound calm and use appropriate eye contact when you are the employee.
|Dan Jansen:||Hi. I’m Dan Jansen. I was just at the food court. The garbage container near Tasty Fries is full, and there’s some garbage on the floor.|
|You:||(Confirm that you have understood the situation.)|
|Dan:||Yes, that’s right.|
|You:||(Apologize and sympathize.)|
|Dan:||Thanks. Just thought I should point it out.|
|You:||(Acknowledge what Dan said. Then explain what action you are going to take.)|
|You:||(Thank the customer for the feedback and business.)|
Discuss the following:
a) Why was it not necessary to request the customer’s input in this situation?
b) Why is it important to confirm what someone has said?
c) Why is it important to explain what action is going to be taken?
d) Why is the listener’s eye contact and body language important?
Speaking progress check
Read the information in the rubric on the right. It explains what you need to focus on in this activity.
Complete the speaking task on the next page with your instructor or a classmate. Pay attention to the expectations in the rubric.
|Chapter 4: Speaking Progress Check|
|Criteria||Yes||Almost||No||How can you improve?|
|Confirm that you understand the situation.|
|Apologize and sympathize with the “customer.”|
|Explain the action you are going to take.|
|Thank the customer for the feedback and business.|
|Maintain appropriate eye contact throughout the interaction.|
You are an employee at CDN Malls. A customer is complaining to you about some ice cream that somebody has dropped on the floor. Handle the complaint appropriately. Follow the instructions below. Your instructor or a classmate will play the role of the customer.
|Customer:||Good morning. I just wanted to inform you that somebody has dropped ice cream on the floor right in front of Heavenly Shoes.|
|You:||• Respond appropriately to the greeting.
• Confirm that you have understood the situation.
|Customer:||Yes, that’s right.|
|You:||• Apologize and sympathize with the customer.|
|Customer:||Thanks. Just thought I should point it out because it could be dangerous.|
|You:||• Acknowledge what the customer said.
• Explain what action you are going to take.
• Thank the customer for the feedback and business.