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Christina Canters: So, Richard, can we take a step back? You mentioned earlier that when you say, when you're wanting to gauge someone, so when we bring it right back, you know, let's say like we're for someone who's in the workplace, they're working with a team, or maybe they're speaking to a, a high level manager, um, or a client, let's say yes.

What, why? Why are these techniques useful in terms of gauging? So what are we actually gauging with the other person and how does that then benefit us or benefit the relationship?

Richard Blank: Fantastic. Christina, you're really gaging positive or negative reinforcements, and since if it's someone you've known for a long time, you know if he gets you, but if it's someone you don't know and you can't see them, I don't know if you're nodding, taking notes or with me.

And so a lot of the times in the beginning, it's a very delicate area. To where you should listen twice and you speak. There's a very good time by asking open-ended questions that people will tell you what they're looking for. So you could have been way off. And also there's an attention span. And so I believe by doing specific name drops, it's more towards transitional sentencing or tie downs, and every sentence has personal pronouns like a your or an R.

So these are trigger words. Every sentence where I can just bring you in, bring you in, and then knock it in for the close. And so, um, I always believe in military alphabet because there's a lot of the times things are misspelled or mispronounced, and the last thing you want is an email bouncing back.

And these individuals, it's very time sensitive. So if you think that you're getting 10 minutes, you're, you're sadly mistaken, my friend. You're looking to gain 30 seconds for a pass to pitch. And you're not pitching for 10 minutes, you're doing ten one minute pitches like a boxer and around, because this is like, when we're nothing, things

Christina Canters: can adjust.

Yeah. So this is like when, so, so let's say we're having a phone call with someone and I mean, this could even be face to face right? As well. Yes. So, so, so what I'm hearing is that, um, we have a very short amount of time to influence. On the phone or face to face. So we need to be constantly keeping an ear out and gauging what their reaction is to us so that we can keep adapting.

Our style of communication is

Richard Blank: that, but my friend, we're not looking to do a cold call close every time you and I, for an example, we had to communicate multiple times because of scheduling conflicts. It wasn't anything bad, but life happens and you and I were professional. We communicated in real. And we are extremely flexible for convenience, and I think that was wonderful prior to jumping on this podcast today.

And that's not even a sale. It's just because you and I wanna work together and have an episode together. But I, I think if people are able to gauge boundaries, and maybe somebody would like to review your credentials before a contract, or maybe what you and I could have done today is move forward three or four paces and then tomorrow.

We can always pick up where we left off. And how about this one? Unless there is a major sense of urgency, give somebody the luxury of time, allow them the ponder, sleep on it, write a draft, and maybe not send it because the next day you might even make more progress that way. Then you would if you felt like you needed to force somebody's.

on a previous conversation. And so, um, I, I always believe that if you start something, it could always grow and you should never compare it to stuff you've done in the past. And each, each individual, it's almost like a riddle. And you know, how about this? I'd rather collect a million dimes than just gimme $100 bill.

And so things can be chipped. Masterpieces can be molded and worked on. And some of your best relationships, and you know this well, have been over a decade and these things are five minute conversations, the two hour lunches, and that's the way I look at an individual. You, you and I, my friend, don't know what's happening outside the office.

There might be something distracting them or influencing their decision, so give them the benefit of the doubt. Give them two or three different types of shoes to fit in. And then you'll know how to walk with them. Christine? Yeah.

Christina Canters: Do you have an example, Richard, of like a personal example of where you had to chip away at, you know, you know, collect the dimes as you say, in order to get that final end result that you wanted?

Richard Blank: Sure, and I was actually able to give myself major momentum in the beginning. Two things I did. When I like to prospect companies, I use my anonymity to my advantage. Not for the whole call, cuz that's shady, but my first impression is not to ask for your boss or to, you know, trip up on my intro. Usually I like to do a company name spike and I'll ask how the company is doing, so at least it sounds like a mystery shopper.

I've been there before and it really reduces any sort of defense from a gatekeeper or a filter.

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 guest Richard Blank Costa Rica's Call Center.

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.

The C Method provides public speaking and communication skills training for high performing professionals.As a manager and leader, your ability to speak up, present with confidence and communicate well is key to career success.You may be highly skilled, intelligent and work harder than anyone, but if you can’t articulate your ideas clearly, engage your team or influence others to take action, it will hold you back from getting the promotions, opportunities, and recognition you deserve. Listen to the 'Stand Out Get Noticed' podcast. Now at 2 million+ downloads! Discover how to develop a success mindset, speak with confidence, articulate yourself clearly and build strong relationships for more influence and impact in the workplace. Topics include: public speaking, mindset, social skills, overcoming fear, workplace communication, relationships and leadership.

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.

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