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Telephone debt collection workshop with PhoneCoach®
Thursday 28th May 2020

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Meaningful contact with debtors is crucial to effective debt management.

This one day workshop will focus on the key skills needed to improve telephone call handling resulting in both improved customer service and collection performance through theoretical and practical learning techniques where delegates can interact with each other in a realistic environment.

The course covers all local authority and housing association debt streams and is a must for all staff involved in revenues collection who deal directly with the public.

Course content :

  • Telephone etiquette

  • Communication skills

  • Controlling conversations

  • Being assertive

  • Gathering information

  • Understanding debtor motivation

  • Art of negotiation

  • Handling different caller behaviours

  • Managing confrontation

The course has already been successfully delivered in Scotland where feedback has been excellent.

PhoneCoach : One Day Programme :

Time

Topic

9.15

Registration

9.30

Introduction & Objectives

 

Power of the telephone

 

Practical exercise

 

Call structure and communication skills

 

Practical exercise

10.45- 11.00

Coffee Break

 

Questioning techniques

 

Practical exercise

 

Negotiation skills

 

Practical exercise

12.30- 1.15

Lunch Break

 

Negotiation behaviours

 

Practical exercise

 

Telephone etiquette

 

Confrontation and difficult calls

 

Practical exercise

2.45-3.00

Coffee Break

 

Outbound calls - strategy and making initial contact

 

Practical exercise

 

Outbound calls - negotiation

 

Practical exercise

 

Closing summary and action plan

4.30

Workshop Close

 

Timings are indicative only

This is a one day course aimed at raising the awareness of effective recovery action in providing telephone service excellence and improved performance in collecting debts and reducing arrears.

Who should attend? All managers and staff who deal with the public over the telephone to collect rent, local taxation and sundry debts.

The Course Leaders for the workshop are Allan and Dee Traynor. Allan is a past national President of the IRRV, and both Dee and Allan have extensive experience of revenues administration in local government.

Learning Outcomes :

§ Understand the importance of the telephone as a recovery tool

§ Gain key skills in assertiveness, listening and negotiating with customers

§ Deal with callers in a professional and efficient manner

The seminar represents excellent value for money, with seminar fees starting at only £195 + VAT. As places are limited to 12 delegates, early booking is essential. Every fourth place from the same organisation booked for this course (and made in the same booking) is entirely free of charge.

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