Most of us have customers that we consider "difficult". We use all sorts of adjectives to describe them.
If you set aside personality differences (since we can't change those), difficult customers are often described with phrases like:
- "They expect to much for what they are paying."
- "They are never happy with us."
- "Everything has to be done yesterday for them."
- "All they do it point fingers."
Given this, when we hear or say a comments like these about a customer, step back and consider; How can I turn that into a service goal rather than taking it as a personal attack? Perhaps they are being difficult in the way that they are interacting with you but there is probably some validity to their complaint.
Ask yourself these types of questions instead:
- How can I give better value?
- How can I improve my service standards?
- How can we improve our response or turn around time?
- How can I be more accountable for our service?
Remind yourself that the [insert expletive descriptor here] might be demanding, but there is probably something to what he is saying.