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Rich Gallagher is a former customer service executive and practicing therapist who heads the Point of Contact Group. His books include two #1 customer service bestsellers, “What to Say to a Porcupine” and ”The Customer Service Survival Kit: What to Say to Defuse Your Worst Customer Situations,” both released by AMACOM. He has taught over 25,000 people what to say in their worst customer and workplace situations.

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Cancellations are Awesome: A Contrarian Look at Rules

Ever see a notice from a health care practitioner that says that you have to cancel on 24 hours notice, or pay a penalty? This is a loaded question with an ulterior motive: I want you to start taking a fresh look at all of the Read More

Playing Whack-A-Mole with Your Customers

I recently needed an auto part. Badly. Cold and wet, I stumbled into one store after another and asked for it. The universal answer? “Nope.” Gosh, I really need this part. Any idea where I can get it? “I dunno.” Well, what if you ordered one Read More

Escaping the Positive Thinking Trap

“You’ll see it when you believe it” - Wayne Dyer, PhD “If you can dream it, then you can achieve it” - Zig Ziglar, CSP “Down with positive thinking” - Rich Gallagher, LMFT What could possibly be wrong with positive thinking? Isn’t it a little like Read More

Customer Service Horror Stories: The Small Biz Edition

Do you run a small business? Then this Halloween, I am going to share a very frightful observation with you. See that big box store down the road from you? Their lowliest employees know more – in fact, probably a lot more – about customer service Read More

How to Really Listen

Are you a good listener? Almost everyone thinks so. But I’ll let you in on a secret: Most people aren’t. Don’t believe me? Try an experiment. Go to the grocery store, the post office, or your favorite restaurant – anywhere where people interact with each other Read More

The $20 Sales Pitch

Have you ever gone to a store with a good sale, and found yourself buying a lot of full-priced stuff too? Or how about sitting down at a nickel slot machine at a casino, and marveling at how quickly that $100 fled your pocket? Some people Read More

Going By the Book

What can a book convention teach you about your business? Plenty. One of the greatest perks of being a royalty-published author is that it allows me access to Book Expo America (BEA), the annual publishing industry conference. It is not open to the public, but for Read More

You Are In the Relationship Business

I was just in Carol Roth’s hometown of Chicago for a quick business trip this week, sitting in the back of the hotel shuttle van, when I noticed the driver and an older passenger talking like old friends up front. After the passenger got off, I Read More

How Not to Apologize

You messed up. It happens to the best of us. And now your business needs to apologize to a customer, a supplier, or even the public. So here is something you probably never realized: Your apology is often more important than the actual transgression itself. To Read More

How to Tell Clients They Are Stupid

Do you ever wish you could let some of your clients know how incredibly stupid they are? Well, with the aid of a little behavioral psychology, now you can! First, a disclaimer. I don’t really believe in labeling people – or clients – as stupid. In Read More
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