BEP 158 – Dealing with an Angry Caller (Part 2)

This is the second of a two-part Business English Pod series on dealing with angry callers on the phone.

We hope that all of our customers are satisfied ones. Indeed, a basic goal in business is to keep customers happy and coming back. But we can’t please all of the people all of the time. Angry callers are often upset because they don’t understand why something happened or disagree with a policy. They might believe that a company has made a mistake. And to get the results they want, they might be rude, yell, or want to speak to someone in authority.

Handling these types of calls is easier when you can respond calmly and clearly. So today we’ll look at how to explain a problem and suggest a solution. We’ll cover ways to handle customers who yell, use crude language, or want to talk to a manager. Finally, we’ll discuss how handle things when your company has made a mistake.

In today’s lesson, we’ll hear more of a conversation between Diana, a Customer Care agent for a credit card company, and Jay Rothschild, an angry customer whose credit card was locked after he made a large purchase. Diana has already gotten Jay’s account information and is ready to start solving the problem.

Listening Questions

1. Why was Jay’s credit card locked?
2. Why does Jay want to speak to a manager?
3. How does Diana resolve the problem?

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3 thoughts on “BEP 158 – Dealing with an Angry Caller (Part 2)”

  1. Hey, guys. My name is Will. I am from China and I do love American cultures as well as American-English learning, especially those cool slangs and idioms. Of course I really want to have some American friends; it doesn’t matter whether you are a ma’am or a sir.

    I love travelling although I just travelled through china mainland, Hong Kong and Macao. But I dream having a trip to America and I am studying English very hard for that. I am also very interested in movies, music and badminton (I know it is not prevalent as it is in china. Ok, I can teach you. Haha.)

    I am a fairly outgoing and easygoing guy. At least that’s what my friends describe me. I am also running a small business of jade in China. Sorry, I got sidetrack. No business here, I promise.

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