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Mike Aoki

Mike Aoki
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Mike Aoki is the President of Reflective Keynotes Inc., a Canadian training company that helps contact centers improve their sales and customer retention results. A call center expert, Mike is a frequent contributor to Contact Center Pipeline magazine. He also was chosen as one of the “Top 50 Customer Service Thought Leaders on Twitter” for the past four years.
Empower Frontline Staff with QM Tools

Being Your Personal Best as a Contact Center Leader

Being a contact center leader is a demanding job. You have a large number of people to lead. You have an overwhelming array of...
promoting a culture of attendance

10 Common Retention Mistakes

Some of the best lessons about customer service happen when you are the customer. In my case, I spent 20 years as a loyal...
New Years Resolutions for Contact Center Managers

New Year’s Resolutions for Contact Center Managers

These seven New Year’s resolutions will give you a head start in making 2016 your best year ever! 1. I will remember that customer calls...
Five ideas for new hire training in call center

5 Ideas for Effective New-Hire Training

When I managed the call center training department at a major wireless phone company, we invested six weeks in our new-hire training and coaching....
Five Tips to Improve Employee Engagement During New-Hire Training in the Call Center

5 More Tips to Boost Engagement During New-Hire Training

In my last post, I offered five tips to reduce your new-hires’ training jitters, while increasing their knowledge retention and engagement. The following are...
Five Tips to Improve Employee Engagement During New-Hire Training in the Call Center

5 Tips to Improve Engagement During New-Hire Training

I remember my first day as an agent at a major phone company. It was at the start of my working life. I was...
Seven Tips for Call Center Upselling

7 Tips for Effective Upselling

I have had the same home phone provider for 25 years. I subscribed to that same company’s Internet service 18 years ago. Three years...
Basic Training for New Team Leaders

Basic Training for New Team Leaders

“Congratulations! You have been promoted to acting supervisor.” It was 1993 when my manager pulled me aside and gave me the good news. I...
Irate Caller

Dealing with Irate Callers: Providing Post-Call Support

In a previous blog post, I provided tips to help managers and team leaders prepare their frontline agents to handle irate callers. It’s also...
Irate Caller

Dealing with Irate Callers: How to Prepare Your Agents

Dealing with irate callers can wear down even the most motivated agent. That can result in burnout or turnover. Since the cost to hire...
Training Budget Part2

More Tips to Maximize Your Training Investment

In my previous post, I offered five tips to stretch your training dollars and do more with less. The following are five more ideas...
Training Budget

Get the Most Out of Your Training Budget

Training can be one of the biggest costs in any contact center. If you take several hundred (or thousand) agents and multiple that by...