Don't Worry, Bad Service Isn't Going Out of Style


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When you’re a customer service consultant and coach, it’s just one of the standard nightmares you have.

Suddenly, every company in the world gets the message and they all start monitoring, measuring and managing their customer service efforts. Even the most hard-bitten street vendors and ballpark peanut hurlers become gentle lambs, nuzzling and comforting us as they never did before.

Then, happily, you’re jolted back to reality, as I was today, entering a taxi at the Las Vegas airport. I thought this ride was going to be, at worst, routine. I gave the address to the driver, which is Wynn Road. I assumed it is well known; named after Steve Wynn, whose hotels, past, present and future are sprinkled everywhere in this desert oasis.

I also hinted to the cabbie that the place was near two major intersections. To me, that level of specificity is as good as a global positioning printout, but not to my driver.

He grunted, “I’m not sure where that is. "

Next, he started handing me a Thomas Guide and asked, “You wanna look it up?

My golly, Captain Kirk, who am I; Mr. Sulu, your navigator?

I snapped back, “That’s not my job!"

He snickered, and found a way of fingering through his own guide en route to get us to my destination.

I know that today’s companies are trying to offer self-service and claim it is the real thing. They implore us to visit their web sites, to use telephone automation, too, so they don’t have to supply real human assistance.

But are cabbies taking a page out of the goliaths’ playbooks?

It can only give you hope if your career consists of reforming customer-insensitive behavior. As long as nature continues to produce oafs like this one, my living is secure!

Dr. Gary S. Goodman © 2006

Dr. Gary S. Goodman, President of , is a popular keynote speaker, management consultant, and seminar leader and the best-selling author of 12 books, including Reach Out & Sell Someone® and Monitoring, Measuring & Managing Customer Service. A frequent guest on radio and television, worldwide, Gary’s programs are offered by UCLA Extension and by numerous universities, trade associations, and other organizations in the United States and abroad. Gary is headquartered in Glendale, California. He can be reached at (818) 243-7338 or at:


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