How INXS can be used to close a deal on an Australian sales call. The C Method guest Richard Blank .
Richard Blank: I got through.
Christina Canters: Can I? Okay. So can I summarize what I believe you did there? Yes, ma'am. So firstly, you said you asked how the company was going and you said the C method named with so much joy and excitement that I got excited just hearing you know, what my company was up to. So that was one thing. Yeah.
The second thing you used Aaron's name, you said, hi Aaron, how are you doing? You know, how are you doing? Which I believe builds that rapport. Cause people also love hearing their own names. Yes. You also mentioned a couple of interesting facts about yourself that I wouldn't have expected on an initial call.
Exactly. So you said you've got a pinball collection and that INXS is your favorite band. Why do you do that? And is that random and weird?
Richard Blank: No, because I'm extremely proud of INXS and everybody in the world should listen to them. Um, Because if not, I'm gonna sound like everybody else and you're gonna hang up one and it's gonna put a bad taste in your mouth.
And yes, you don't need my pinball machines, and I'm sure you love INXS, but what's that have to do with the C method? It's got a lot to do with the C method. Everything's got to do with everything.
Influence People Over The Phone With These Powerful Communication Techniques – with Richard Blank Costa Rica's Call Center [The C Method podcast Episode 283]
The C Method podcast has accepted Richard Blank's invitation to join the audience for a solid discussion regarding moving abroad and starting a company from scratch in Costa Rica. Christina Canters discusses with Richard advanced telemarketing strategy, conflict management, interpersonal soft skills, customer support, rhetoric, gamification, employee motivation, phonetic micro expression reading and INXS.
“I love to allow people to feel more comfortable with me, to become more engaged in a conversation. This is not a lecture, and I’m not just checking off boxes and interrogating you. It’s a conversation. And it’s I mean, I don’t learn anything new when I speak. I love hearing what other people have to say to see what I have in common.”
This is Richard Blank’s story…
My name is Richard Blank and I’m the CEO of Costa Rica’s Call Center. I’m skilled in reading phonetic micro expressions and use this to my advantage when speaking with people, especially over the phone.
I’ve found that by using someone’s name, asking how their company is doing, and sharing interesting facts about myself, I’m able to build rapport and influence the person I’m speaking with. This has been beneficial in both my personal and professional life.
In this episode, you will discover:
Phonetics is the purest form of communication, the sound of speech, not the semantics or even the tone.
The tone of voice should always be positive and empathetic.
0 seconds to 2 minutes is the best time to gauge a person.
How to gauge someone. They discuss some of the techniques they use to do it.
Richard believes in open-ended questions and specific name drops.
He also believes in the art of speech and meeting minutes to avoid conflict.
Richard’s advice to people is to be authentic.
When he was in his 20s, he tried to change his personality for a job interview, but he realised it was not going to work for him. Now he allows people to grow naturally.
He believes that people that feel seen, they feel heard, and they feel like they matter through the way that they communicate with others.
Richard’s journey in the call center space is filled with twists and turns. When he was 27 years old, he relocated to Costa Rica to train employees for one of the larger call centers in San Jose. With a mix of motivational public speaking style backed by tactful and appropriate rhetoric, Richard shared his knowledge and trained over 10 000 bilingual telemarketers. Richard Blank has the largest collection of restored American Pinball machines and antique Rockola Jukeboxes in Central America making gamification a strong part of CCC culture.Richard Blank is the Chief Executive Officer for Costa Rica’s Call Center since 2008.