White Gloves, Red Carpets
An open conversation with Micah Solomon

An open conversation with Micah Solomon

March 25, 2021

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Episode 13 of "White Gloves, Red Carpets" features Micah Solomon, one of the world's foremost customer experience turnaround experts, author of several books, and contributor to Forbes magazine. 

Throughout history there have been the "greats" in their respective fields. Bear Bryant. Kareem Abdul-Jabaar. Gustav Mahler.

In the world of customer experience, Micah Solomon is one of the greats. It was a sincere honor and privilege to sit down with this expert and chat about modern CX issues. 

In this episode, Bryan and Micah discuss the secrets from some of the worlds leading business organizations about method, branding, and tools to build a world-class customer service organization. 

Tune into this once in a lifetime podcast!

Customer service in 2021 and beyond!

Customer service in 2021 and beyond!

March 12, 2021

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Episode 12 of "White Gloves, Red Carpets" features my good friend Neal Topf founder of CallZilla and co-host of Fireside Chats Without the Fires with Paul Catherall. 

Remember when we were in school and the teacher wanted us to stay after class to discuss our report card? Remember the fear, the nervousness, the thoughts running through our heads? What did we get wrong, and where did we fail miserably?

In this modern twist, Neal and Bryan will be the "teachers", companies will be the students, and customer experience is the subject. Where have we gotten it right? Do we still have work to do?

Join us as we discuss this great topic!

It’s not magic. Its method!

It’s not magic. Its method!

February 19, 2021

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Episode 11 of "White Gloves, White Carpets" proudly features "The Mouse Man" himself, Lenn Millbower. He is a former leader at Disney and has written several books, including Care Like a Mouse. He has written for the Disney Institute, has been involved in the operations for several Disney parks, and even wrote the training guide on how to be Snow White!

Have you ever wondered how organizations like Disney provide amazing, even borderline magical experiences for their guests? Well, it does not require Tinkerbell's pixy dust or Aladdin's magic lamp. It is simply using process and method to adapt, grow and change. It requires great leadership and humility to reveal and heal the problems within the organization. Finally, it is looking at your current process and seeing areas to improve upon.

Join Bryan and Lenn, and even a special guest appearance from Mickey Mouse himself, as they discuss this topic from a true customer experience expert!

Customer Service Death Words!

Customer Service Death Words!

February 12, 2021

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Joining us today is Dani Arnold, a former Director of Customer Experience for several leading organizations, both large and small. Together, Bryan and Dani discuss the things you should never say to your customers.

There is an old adage that reads, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me!" Well, there could not be anything more untrue in the world of business! What you do and what you say will wreak havoc on your business when done incorrectly. Phrases like "unfortunately", "we're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused", "that goes against our policy" and so on are words that are guaranteed to drive a nail into the heart of your business. 

Join us as we discuss this topic and learn which words to avoid using when dealing with customers. This episode is sure to be a good one!

Turning Candidates Into Customers!

Turning Candidates Into Customers!

February 5, 2021

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Episode 9 of "White Gloves, Red Carpets" proudly features Nicole Mattei, a former director of human resources. Nicole and Bryan discuss the opportunity to turn job candidates into customers. She is a graduate of Drexel University School of Business, holds several professional HR certifications, and speaks fluent Spanish! (I apologize in advance for my bad Spanish). 

Have you ever been ghosted by a company when applying to work there? Have you felt the shame of being ignored by a company? Are you likely to do business with them again after that horrible experience? Probably not! Companies have a real opportunity to tap into a forgotten customer base: their job candidates. 

Join Nicole and Bryan as they discuss this issue, especially during the COVID-19 era. Candidates are people too! They deserve respect and dignity! And you might just turn them into a loyal customer! Be sure to join this great episode that will surely ruffle a few feathers in the traditional HR world!

What is customer-centricity?

What is customer-centricity?

January 29, 2021

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Episode 8 of "White Gloves, Red Carpets" features Dennis Geelen, host of The Zero in Formula, as Bryan and Dennis discuss the importance of customer-centricity. 

Every company has some kind of cliche saying about how important customers are to them. But in reality, the actions and practices of the company send a very different message. 

Why should a company adopt a customer-first culture? What about customers who are unservable and take advantage of a company? Can companies that are "too big to fail" actually fail? 

We answer all these questions and more on this remarkable episode!

Who is your customer?

Who is your customer?

January 15, 2021

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John Hansen, customer experience author and business development director, will answer the ever-important question of "Who is your customer?"

Traditionally, many business owners think a customer is simply one who exchanges money for their product or service. However, that could not be further from the truth! It is that and so much more! From the Old English word "accustomed", customers come in every shape, size, and color. They expect not only quality products, but an outstanding level of service to match!

Join Bryan and John as they discuss this fascinating topic!

 

 

Accountability& Customer Experience

Accountability& Customer Experience

January 8, 2021

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Episode 6 of "White Gloves, Red Carpets" proudly features Matthew Harriman, founder of Pod2, an employee culture development organization. 

Every member of your organization is responsible for providing a world-class customer experience. Sadly, when a company fails to adopt a mindset of accountability, service levels suffer and your customers will feel it.

The late Tony Hsieh of Zappos said affirmed this principle when he said, "Every member of the team is responsible for a world-class experience, not just the customer-facing employees." Join Bryan and Matt as they discuss this important customer service topic!

 

 

The ROI of Gratitude

The ROI of Gratitude

December 18, 2020

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I apologize for the crying in advance. This podcast went in a direction I did not plan (in a good way). This podcast was very emotional. As much as I have enjoyed our many beautiful guests thus far, I have to say this one has touched me in a very special way. 

Episode 5 of "White Gloves, Red Carpets" will feature Kristin Petrucci who will discuss the ROI of showing gratitude. 

How often do companies genuinely say "thank you" to their customers and actually mean it? When was the last time you expressed true appreciation to your employees for a job well done?

Kristin will unlock these secrets and more! This is a fantastic episode to lead us into this  Christmas/Hannukah week. 

“Your culture defines your level of service!”

“Your culture defines your level of service!”

December 11, 2020

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Episode 4 of "Whites Gloves, Red Carpets" will feature Eric Aroca, CEO of The Aroca Group, a consulting firm dedicated to building employee culture.

It has been said by Sir Richard Branson, "My first priority is not my customers; it is my employees. If I treat my employees great, they will treat my clients great!".

Positive employee culture is essential in today's workplaces. Treating internal customers with the same level of respect as your external customers is key. 

In this episode, Eric and Bryan discuss the importance of productive and positive employee culture, empowerment, the difference between culture and perks, and so much more!

This is a great episode for anyone in the human resources field, as well as all business owners and customer experience professionals. 

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