What's one final tip you could give to a leader or a manager? Stand Out Get Noticed podcast (
Christina Canters: Um, Richard, I, I know that we're, we are running out of time somewhat, which, and I know you said at the start of this conversation, we could talk all day, but we actually don't have all day. I know. , we don't have all night. I know it's nighttime where you are. Um, Couple fi. Final last question. Final two questions, Richard.
Sure. What's one final tip you could give to a leader or a manager? Someone who has a team who would like to, you know, do more of what you've just talked about, you know, have, have that, that great camaraderie and have the trust and respect of their team and have, have their team just love being at work.
What, what final tip would you have for.
Richard Blank: These amazing individuals that rose to those possession positions, they earned it, but they also can't forget where they came from. So people need me time. They need to walk away. I I, I'm not sure of your outside activities, but I myself, I, I like working out in the gym.
I wash my convertible on Sundays. We did speak about pinball marathons, and these are the sort of Richard Times where I put my phone away, I can decompress. I'm not really into Eastern meditation, but I have my other areas in which I can tap into my consciousness, and so it will allow me to, and we mentioned this earlier about luxury of time.
If people are running groups and they can think about things, they might have overextended themselves in one meeting, they might have not said enough. Or maybe what they should do, once again, is to allow every individual. To give every single opinion out there and collectively through synergy, you can bring that group together.
And so your ego is fine and you don't want people to fear you, and you'll get the job done and your employees have the leverage. They can always quit. So I don't think cursing, yelling, and screaming does any. But I, I do believe that these individuals that work with you have families and children, and as long as you take that into consideration and you give them the benefit of the doubt, and I've even told agents to log off, go to the bathroom, throw some water in your face, and get back on that phones where somebody might need the unofficial timeout because they're having a moment.
And so you, you have to do that. If you think people are robots, they will leave. You don't need to go out drinking with them. That's their private time. And some people don't even like to drink and don't think pizza parties solve things either. It's gotta be the time that they don't expect the flowers.
And sometimes they even claim that the greatest gifts are not store bought cards, but the ones that you personally write. And how, how about this? I'm not gonna say, Christina, you're doing a great job. You're my favorite. High five. You now, last Tuesday when you got on the phone with Mrs. Jones, I had listened to that 33 minute conversation.
Wow. I cannot believe you confirmed her email. Four. Dog was barking in the background. You put the dog away, you asked about the dog. Everyone's laughing. The client loved you, and then you're saying to yourself, my God, you actually listened to me for 33 minutes. And I'd say, Christina, of course I did, because if you were in my shoes, you would've done the same.
And so when you look at me, you go, you know, I'm not going anywhere. This guy's great. Forget the pizza party. This guy actually listened to me for 33 minutes and really picked apart my call. So your your amazing end Dear Supervisors and managers, show some authenticity. Just don't say good job champ and call 'em Chief and Ace.
Really let 'em know. Really let 'em know what they did and try to assist them in every way that you have to get them to different levels. And if you feel insecure that they're gonna take your job and your position, then you're not doing a good enough job. All is fair in love and. If you earned it, somebody else could too.
And so just be the best you can be and try to bring other people up because who's to say that you're not gonna get promoted? And then these people are gonna work with you. And so, um, don't be selfish. Everybody deserves their chance. And if you're number one, then you get that position. If that. And look how hard you and I work.
You make it look easy. This sea method. Look at this. They should only know what you're doing behind the scenes. . And so I, I think if people are willing to take that sort of responsibility and the golden ring could be theirs,
Christina Canters: love it. Love those final words. Richard. Um, look, I really appreciate you taking the time to join us on the show.
I'm, I'm, I'm gonna have to listen back to this conversation and take notes and unpack everything that you shared cuz there was a lot in there. If people want to reach out to you, connect with you, learn more about you, Richard, uh, where can they find you?
Richard Blank: Well, they can buy a first class plane ticket and come visit me here, which would be wonderful.
I'm all over the internet with my websites and, but I also have a Facebook fan page of about 103,000 people, and so when this goes live, you're gonna have a lot of new fans and it will also give your audience a chance to see the business process outsourcing. In Central America, just real quick. We're north of Panama, south of Nicaragua.
We're the only democratic society in Central America. There's no standing arm in Christina, so there's a 95% literacy rate. We have the best infrastructure. They claim that Costa Rica has the most neutral English accent. We're known for medical tourism and especially ecotourism. So if you like surfing, which I know Australia does, we have waterfalls and monkeys and iguanas and butterflies, and it's just a wonderful place to visit.
I'm here, your friend, I got a thousand suggestions for you and your audience. And uh, Christina, I really can't thank you enough. I thorough. Enjoyed our time this evening.
Christina Canters: Oh, Costa Rica sounds absolutely wonderful, Richard. It's gonna have to go on my list now of places to visit. Sounds wonderful. Um, thank you so much again.
It's been such a,
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.
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Have you ever wanted to have more influence over the phone?
My guest this week is Richard Blank, CEO of Costa Rica’s Call Centre. He is a master of the cold call, and has trained over 10,000 telemarketers to improve their communication techniques over the phone.Richard is here to share his powerful techniques for improving your ability to lead and influence in conversation – and some of them are much simpler than you think!This will benefit you if you want to build better relationships and be more persuasive with your team, senior managers and clients.
“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.
Mr. Richard Blank holds a bachelors degree in Communication and Spanish from the University of Arizona and a certificate of language proficiency from the University of Sevilla, Spain. A Keynote speaker for Philadelphia's Abington High School 68th National Honors Society induction ceremony. Giving back to Abington Senior High School is very important to Mr. Blank. As such, he endows a scholarship each year for students that plan on majoring in a world language at the university level.
Costa Rica’s Call Center (CCC) is a state of the art BPO telemarketing outsource company located in the capital city of San Jose, Costa Rica. Our main focus has been, and will always be to personally train each and every Central America call center agent so that we may offer the highest quality of outbound and inbound telemarketing solutions and bilingual customer service to small and medium sized international companies, entrepreneurs as well as fortune 500 companies.
We encourage you to visit one of our call centers on your next personal vacation or business trip to Central America’s paradise, Costa Rica. While you are here, we would recommend taking an extra day of your trip to visit breathtaking virgin beaches, play golf next to the ocean, try your luck at deep sea fishing, explore tropical jungles, climb volcanos or just relax in natural hot springs. Come and see for yourself why call center outsourcing in Costa Rica is a perfect solution for your growing company and a powerhouse in the BPO industry.