Field Guide to Working With Difficult Customers
(Updated June 2015)
Do you feel that you have to work with all clients, no matter how difficult they are? They may be more trouble than they're worth. Find out how to deal with difficult customers, when and how to "fire" a customer, tips on managing stress, and much more. (C. Dodge, Information Specialist)
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Ten Tips for Dealing With Difficult People
- Maintain self-control
- Ask non-threatening questions
- Listen to the customer's reason for being difficult
- Acknowledge the problem
- Don't argue
- Offer to rectify the situation
- Continue to act professionally
- Analyze what caused the client's behavior
- Set limits on what you will tolerate
Handling Difficult Customers
How to Avoid 'Losing It', (REALTOR® Magazine, June 15, 2015).
3 Tips to Deal with Difficult Customers, (Forbes, July 28, 2014).
Handling a Disgruntled Buyer Once the Sale Is Final, (RealtyTimes, May 18, 2015).
8 Ways to Deal With a Difficult Client, (American Express, Apr. 18, 2014).
3 Strategies for Dealing With Toxic People, (Entrepreneur, Apr. 15, 2014).
Why You Need a 'Calmer' at Home Inspections, (REALTOR® Magazine, March 2014).
How Job Stress Might Be Killing You, and What You Can Do About It, (U.S. News & World Report, June 15, 2015).
Stress Management - Ways to Relieve Stress, (WebMD, Nov. 14, 2014).
Dealing with Angry People: Learning How to Defuse Tense Situations, (MindTools, n.d.).
Coping with Job Stress, (PsychCentral, Jan. 30, 2013).
Coping with Stress: Workplace Tips, (Mayo Clinic, May 25, 2013).
How to Fire Your Difficult Customers
10 Ways to Tell When It's Time to Fire a Client, (About Money, n.d.).
3 Painless Scripts to Free Yourself of Problem Clients, (Nick Reese, n.d.).
4 Reasons to Fire a Client, (Forbes, Oct. 20, 2013).
5 Customers You Should Fire, (Inc., Jan. 16, 2013).
How to fire a client, (ActiveRain, Aug. 3, 2009).
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eBooks & Other Resources
The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
151 Quick Ideas to Deal with Difficult People, (Kindle, Adobe eReader)
Make Difficult People Disappear, (Kindle, Adobe eReader)
The complete idiot's guide to coping with difficult people (Kindle, Adobe eReader)
Perfect phrases for dealing with difficult people (Adobe eReader)
Working with difficult people (Kindle, Adobe eReader)
Coping With Difficult People In Business and In Life, (OverDrive WMA Audiobook)
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