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Outsourcing in India


Could anyone suggest any books about logical thinking. We have a small number of agents in India and they seem to be less confident when they get questions which are not standard or which deviate from the script. The agents only handle basic calls, however they are keen to transfer anything that they are not confident with rather than question the customer more to understand the issue which they could often resolve. Many thanks Fiona

4 Responses

  1. PocketBook Ideas
    Hi Fiona!

    To respond to your initial question, how about the Thinker’s Pocketbook from the popular and easy/quick to read Pocketbook series?

    You might also like to look at their

    Telephone Skills –


    Call Centre Customer Care –

    books too, in case they provide some related content to tackle your main issue.

    You can now buy e-book versions of these too, which you can upload onto your intranet.


  2. Books for telephone skills
    I agree that the pocketbooks series are great – probably a very good starting point.

    I looked through my books and have lots on telephone sales, and some on telephone skills, but this particular problem sounds like you could do with some role play practice to identify the key areas for development. Get them to work as a team to solve the problems and come up with answers themselves perhaps.

    Good luck

  3. Recruitment?
    Could this be a recruitment issue rather than a training issue?

  4. Empowerment
    Sounds like you may need more information as there are all sorts of potential problems such as empowerment – do they KNOW they can and should question callers? and that they have the authority to do so? Is there a fear culture operating i.e. mistakes are penalised, are they on quotas for calls answered and don’t want to spend time on non-script issues?
    I remember a client a few years ago who paid people on number of calls answered – regardless of outcome or quality – the staff just hung up! Counted as an answered call and they got their targets.
    Whatever the cause it sounds as though an iassessment and ntervention is needed.
    Good Luck

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