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The aim To give all staff members the skills to use the telephone effectively in a business context. About the programme The telephone is at the heart of business communication. But because people use the phone so much at home, they assume they have the skills to use it at work. This is not the case, and good business telephone skills have to be learned. This engaging, amusing and highly memorable story presents practical rules for conducting a call from start to finish. An assistant manager of a marketing department is preparing to give the local business community a short seminar on professional telephone skills. But her own skills leave a lot to be desired. Fortunately someone is on hand to show her the mistakes she's making, and how to overcome her shortcomings. This programme demonstrates telephone skills in a highly effective way. Anyone who uses the phone at work will learn how to answer the call with a 'verbal handshake', the importance of preparation, of showing callers that they're understood, and of asking open questions to gain information, using the caller's name frequently to establish trust. Finally the programme tackles voicemail, showing that the same rules apply, whether someone's leaving a message on someone else's machine, or a prompt on their own. The key outcomes -Improve the way your business is represented on the telephone -Increase the effectiveness of your communication within the workplace and to those outside Programme includes: DVD (34 mins) Course leader's guide Delegate worksheets on disc Powerpoint slides/OHPs on disc Self-study workbook on disc Information: A Video Arts production featuring John Cleese and Rebecca Front. Release date: 1997 Learning-chapters Misconception of telephone behaviour Answer in 4 rings Introduce yourself Establish if it's convenient Ask open questions Listen actively Record and repeat Closing the call Voicemail Summary

The aim To give all staff members the skills to use the telephone effectively in a business context. About the programme The telephone is at the heart of business communication. But because people use the phone so much at home, they assume they have the skills to use it at work. This is not the case, and good business telephone skills have to be learned. This engaging, amusing and highly...

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