Preparing for the Next Wave of Pandemic-Fatigued Customers

Event Information
  • Date: January 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. CST
  • Presented by: Andrew Sanderbeck
  • Audience: Front line library workers, library administration, and library boards of trustees
  • Participants must register online; Registered participants will be sent a Zoom link the day before the program

Session Content

New research suggests that pandemic fatigue – the mental exhaustion caused by being in a state of heightened awareness and alertness due to COVID-19 coupled with uncertainty about how the pandemic will develop – is real, and it is already causing an increase in difficult customer behaviors such as resistance to wearing masks and ignoring social distancing guidelines.

This interactive and informative program will help organizations and their employees create and maintain safe workplace practices, and prepare them to better handle customer conflicts including people who are non-compliant with your rules and policies. A one hour follow-up session will be held on February 4 at 10:00 a.m. for participants to discuss application of material and ask questions.

Participants will learn:

  • Their role in customer conflicts: Are their actions and decisions making things better or worse?
  • How to be more environmentally aware of customer situations before they turn difficult or potentially dangerous
  • The OODA Loop decision making cycle: Learn to quickly react to difficult customer situations to maintain control and order
  • Specific phrases to use with customers to set expectations and boundaries with them and to guide their behaviors
  • 7 Things to never say to a customer…ever again

Presenter Information

Andrew has been developing and conducting training programs for libraries and library organizations for more than 15 years. He has presented web-based, online, and face-to-face sessions on customer service, managing customer behaviors and communication skills in the U.S. and numerous other countries around the world.

With more than 20 years of customer service experience Andrew’s programs are filled with proven techniques that attendees can immediately apply.