Top 3 Trends for the Future of Contact Center Training

The world of contact center training is complicated. Trainers are responsible for helping the onboarding process run smoothly for new agents by delivering the best possible training program tailored to the training class and...

How to Make Remote Training Work for New-Hires

As a trainer, I’m usually good at reading facial expressions and body language to determine if someone is getting the point or needs a break before explaining the next concept. Our face-to-face new-hire training...

Four Proven Practices to Elevate the Impact of Your Online Training

In the mad scramble to move more than 90% of our nation’s contact center agents to work at home, the focus was on technology—keeping our agents online, connected and maintaining service continuity. The next...
Kathleen Peterson, April 2020 Author Wall of Fame

Meet Mike Aoki: Our August 2020 Wall of Fame Honoree

Contact Center Pipeline’s AUTHOR WALL OF FAME Mike Aoki is President of Reflective Keynotes Inc., a Canadian training company that helps contact centers improve their sales and customer experience results. Area of Expertise: Training contact center agents to...

Innovative Training for the Contact Center

Frontline agents are under pressure to perform in a role that has become increasingly challenging due to more complex products and services, constantly updating information, and an internet-savvy, informed customer base. It takes a...
Inside View Gopher Sport Contact Center

Inside View: Gopher Sport

Anyone who manages, or has managed, a school or community athletic program no doubt is already aware of Gopher Sport’s products and their reputation for exceptional customer service. As a leading supplier of sports,...
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Inside View: C3 | CustomerContactChannels

The senior population has been a fast-growing customer segment since the first wave of baby boomers turned 65 in 2011. This year, the number of seniors topped 50 million, and the U.S. Census Bureau...
Mastering Conversation in a Digital World

Mastering the “Fine Art” of Conversation in a Digital World

The idiom “fine art” (first half of the 1800s) is defined in the “American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms” as “something requiring highly developed techniques and skills.” Conversation certainly qualifies as “fine art.” Unfortunately, it appears...
Disaster Training Plan for the Contact Center

Planning for Disaster: 5 Tips for a Bulletproof Virtual Training Plan

Nothing can short-circuit an online class faster than “technical difficulties.” I’ve seen so many talented facilitators prepped and ready to deliver their carefully planned content—only to lose control of the classroom due to a...
Training your seasonal contact center agents

The Secret to Training Seasonal Agents

“They are just temps,” said one contact center manager describing his seasonal agents. “They will be gone in a couple of months!” That condescending attitude was reflected in the seasonal team’s environment. They were...
5 best practices for designing a contact center agent training program

5 Best Practices for Designing a Successful Training Program

David Merrill, renowned educator and coauthor of Reclaiming Instructional Design, defines instructional design as a “technology that incorporates known and verified learning strategies into instructional experiences which make the acquisition of knowledge and skill...
Contact Center Technology and Omnichannel Success

Training vs. Coaching: Which Is Better?

Training and coaching are two different approaches, but people often use the words interchangeably—and even worse, they use the tactics interchangeably. Let’s clarify our terms. To train means to provide the learner with the tools...
5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Contact Center Agent Training

5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Agent Training

When trying to meet and improve service level agreements, reviewing agents’ performance and providing adequate training is imperative for success. Unfortunately, making time for agent training doesn’t always seem possible. Contact centers are notorious for...
5 elements of contact center virtual training

5 Elements of a Successful Virtual Training Model

Education expert Bernard Bull once said, “In order to create an engaging learning experience, the role of the instructor is optional, but the role of the learner is essential.” A massive increase in online...
Executive Talk Interview with Chris Shortall

Executive Talk: Chris Shortall, Destination XL Group

Chris Shortall is Vice President, Store Communications and Contact Center Operations at Destination XL Group. Chris does a wonderful job of explaining how their contact center supports their mission to provide better merchandise, better...
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Building Your Training Team from the Ground Up

One of the most vital components of any contact center is the training department. No matter what kind of center you operate, it’s critical that those interacting with customers possess and maintain a solid...
Contact Center Training Vs Skills Development Survey

Training Vs. Skills Development

In the Contact Center Challenges & Priorities Report released last month, contact center leaders revealed that one of their top priorities for 2016 is to improve training, focusing on the amount, content and/or the...
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. That investment in training paid off in improved agent performance....
How Strong is Your Call Center Foundation

How Strong Is Your Foundation?

I am a huge proponent of teaching all of our frontline leaders about contact center management foundations—those principles that factually define our organizations. These are the keys that unlock the “why” behind most of...
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 nervous. I had no idea what to expect for my...
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