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109: Boosting Customer Experience in Contact Centres with Marianne Rutz

Providing excellent customer support is just as important as the goods and services you offer. Effective communication is vital to creating a positive customer experience. Despite your team’s technical acumen, language nuances can erode that experience. This is further complicated when you have an international customer base. That’s where Marianne Rutz comes to the rescue. As Europe’s leading multi-lingual contact centre expert, she has a proven process to improve front-line and back-office operations leading to more profits and happier customers. Gain step-by-step insights into her formula.

Special Guest: Marianne Rutz, Founder & CEO – Rutz Consulting

Location:  Stirling, SCOTLAND

Show Notes:

Example Call Centre Flowchart:

 

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 047: Leading a Successful Merger & Acquisition with Karen Walker
  • Episode 094: Retooling Operations for Customer Success with David Ellin
  • Episode 105: Streamlining Podcast Production with Berthine Crevecoeur West

 

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Credits_______________

  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Editor: Olanrewaju Ade
  • Sponsor: rVidi

 

More About Guest, Marianne Rutz:
Marianne Rutz is the owner and founder of Rutz Consulting, a firm which specialises in helping companies achieve Operational Excellence. With a Master’s Degree in travel and tourism, and over 20 years of experience in leading large operations in the multilingual contact centre world, Marianne’s passion to bring success into firms has shown impeccable results.

Marianne is a Swiss national married to an Englishman and currently lives in Scotland. Marianne travels all over the world within the multilingual contact centre environment implementing her signature LEAP Operational Delivery framework. With a strong passion for people, Marianne also delivers her weekly podcast, The Operational Excellence Show,  to expand her knowledge to her audience. In a world of ever-changing technology and environment, Marianne is keen to ensure businesses follow suit and deliver excellent service to their customers.

 

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. – a 15-year-old operations management consulting firm. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the Kasennu framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 35+ countries.

 

More About Sponsor, rVidi:
rVidi is the easy app that lets you communicate via video soundbites in your own time in a public or private group setting. Learn more and download for free at rVidi.com.  Currently available for iOS; Android development coming soon!

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058: The One Thing You Need to Know About Data Privacy – Jodi Daniels

Are you someone I can trust? Jodi Daniels says the answer to this question determines whether potential customers will do business with you. As a data privacy expert, she keeps her finger on the pulse of privacy policies that affect every sized business. In this episode, Jodi details the business infrastructure required to support a strong data privacy strategy. Find out why she says your company needs to comply with GDPR and CCPA legislation even if you aren’t in the business of selling data.

Special Guest: Jodi Daniels, Founder & CEO – Red Clover Advisors

Location: Atlanta, GA  USA

Show Notes:

  • 8 Steps to CCPA Compliance – download Jodi’s process for FREE
  • Information Commissioner’s Office: the UK’s independent body set up to uphold information rights.
  • Information Association of Privacy Professionals: “The world’s largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community,” that “…brings together the people, tools and global information management practices you need to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving information economy.”
  • Federal Trade Commission: the U.S. federal agency with a unique dual mission to protect consumers and promote competition.
  • National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: a collaborative effort between U.S. government and industry to raise awareness about cybersecurity (held annually in October).
  • StaySafeOnline: an organization powered by the National Cyber Security Alliance with a mission to “educate and empower our global digital society to use the internet safely and securely.
  • Data Security Tools:
    • Dropbox: cloud storage solution
    • Box: cloud storage solution
    • Nord VPN: secure virtual private network for internet access
    • CyberGhost: secure virtual private network for internet access
    • Two-Factor Authentication: set up extra protection for accessing your apps and software with this article.
    • Encrypt your laptop – an article from the Guardian featuring different laptop encryption tools
    • LastPass App: digital password manager
    • AVAST – free anti-virus and scanning software
  • Watch Jodi’s Presentation on Data Privacy at the Small Business Matters Conference:

Related Episodes:

    • Episode 010: Cybersecurity & Small Business – What You Need to Know for Maximum Protection
    • Episode 018: How AI Technology Can Scale Your Business
    • Episode 029: Minimizing Risk with Decision Science

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057: The One Thing You Need to Know About Conscious Capitalism – Corey Blake

If you think that “conscious” and “capitalism” don’t go together, you might change your mind after listening to Corey Blake. As a leading voice in the conscious leadership movement, he defines conscious capitalism as “an operating system for not harming the planet as we grow our businesses.” In this episode, Corey explains how conscious capitalism can profoundly change the electricity of a company. He also shares the unique people, processes, and tools he uses to inspire companies to bring about that change.

Special Guest: Corey Blake, Founder & CEO – Round Table Companies

Location: Deerfield, IL  USA

Show Notes:

Related Episodes:

    • Episode 035: Positioning Front Line Leadership for Success
    • Episode 037: Leveraging Culture to Drive Business Transformation
    • Episode 045: Using Organization Design to Drive Innovation with Ron Carucci
    • Episode 046: Leveraging Your Story for Team Cohesion with Hasani X
    • Episode 050: Sparking Innovation & Sales via Intrapreneurship with Carl E. Reid

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055: The One Thing You Need to Know About High Stakes Conversations – Dez Thornton

According to professional speechwriter and speech coach Dez Thornton, “A high stakes conversation is anytime you have to communicate and your reputation is on the line.”  The successful outcome of your communication depends on your delivery.  In the most quotable episode to-date, Dez shares the most important thing you need to know about having high stakes conversations and the people, processes, and tools you should leverage to close the interpretation gap (what you say vs. what your audience hears).

Special Guest: Dez Thornton, Professional Speechwriter & Speech Coach – Dez Thornton, LLC

Location: Atlanta, GA  USA

Show Notes:

Related Episodes:

    • Episode 017: How Traveling Can Lead to Self-Discovery & Business Evolution
    • Episode 046: Leveraging Your Story for Team Cohesion with Hasani X
    • Episode 050: Sparking Innovation & Sales via Intrapreneurship with Carl E. Reid

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054: The One Thing You Need to Know About Social Media – Marie Incontrera

Vlogs, blogs, links, tags, hashtags…these are more than just buzzwords.  They are the digital currency of the Information Age and businesses seeking to grow who ignore it, do so to their detriment.  In this episode, social media consultant Marie Incontrera shares the most important thing you need to know about social media as well as the people, processes and tools needed to implement a sustainable posting strategy.  Find out why she says you need a customized plan because there is no one-size-fits-all approach to social media.

Special Guest: Marie Incontrera, Founder & CEO – Incontrera Consulting

Location: Brooklyn, New York  USA

Show Notes:

Related Episodes:

    • Episode 020: Striking the Perfect Balance between Marketing & Operations
    • Episode 043: Becoming an Online Influencer with Heather Havenwood
    • Episode 051: Designing a Digital Content Management Process with Alicia Butler Pierre

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051: Designing a Digital Content Management Process with Alicia Butler Pierre

There’s no escaping the reality of having a strong online presence.  In this Season 4 finale, Alicia Butler Pierre, business infrastructure expert and host of the Business Infrastructure show, shares the two-pronged approach she uses to design a content management process that is practical, sustainable and rooted in data science.  Listen as she candidly shares the series of events that led her to change her once negative views about online content creation and distribution.  You too can create your own “web” of content that sticks and converts through the right selection of people, processes and tools.

Special Guest: Alicia Butler Pierre, Founder & CEO – Equilibria, Inc.

Location: Atlanta, GA  USA

Show Notes:

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 001: What is Business Infrastructure and Who Are You to Tell Me About It?
  • Episode 020: Striking the Perfect Balance Between Marketing & Operations (Andrea D. Smith)
  • Episode 038: Building Business Infrastructure for Scale
  • Episode 039: Using Processes for Structure & Consistent Results with Paul Nicholaides
  • Episode 043: Becoming an Online Influencer with Heather Havenwood

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